DIGNITY’s International Rehabilitation Team


The International Rehabilitation Team at DIGNITY is recruiting a graduate student for a research internship (3 to 6 months) or masters thesis completion (6 months) beginning February 2019.

In line with our new intervention and research priorities, the project will focus broadly on the impacts of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) interventions on resilience and functioning in life roles and/or the consequences of untreated trauma-related distress on functioning.

The specific research questions will be developed in collaboration with student, based on her/his interests. Possible topics include:

  • How do low-intensity MHPSS interventions impact on the resilience and functionality of trauma-affected populations in low-resourced settings?
  • What is the added value of MHPSS for development initiatives in conflict- or violence-affected settings?
  • What are the consequences of untreated trauma-related mental health problems for success of livelihood and education initiatives?

For specific details on the Talent Programme and application instructions please refer to our page about DIGNITY's Talent Programme.

DIGNITY’s department for Prevention of Violence and Torture in Urban Areas


The Urban department of DIGNITY is recruiting interns and/or master students interested in participating in research projects in Danlí (Honduras), Nakuru (Kenya), Tunis (Tunisia) or Mbale (Uganda).
DIGNITY is undertaking a combined intervention and research program (embedded intervention research) with project partners in Honduras, Kenya, Guatemala, Tunis and Uganda. The key objective of the program is to increase local capacity to engage in inter-sectoral prevention of urban violence.

See here for a description of the global program.

As an integral part of our program activities DIGNITY undertakes research together with partners, that seeks to describe and analyze the overall impact and effect of the programs, applying different formats of mixed-methods studies. The themes of these are:

  • the phenomena of urban violence as well as the everyday forms of (in-)security and authority-based violence that frame urban lives
  • the resources, networks and structures that provide resilience, resistance and protection to urban residents
  • the forms of participation in local politics and community activism that engage the issues of urban violence
  • the cost efficiency of interventionsRelevant disciplines include: International, Global, Development and Refugee Studies, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, political science, health economy and public health.

For students joining the Talent Program interested in working with partners or undertaking field work, language proficiency is important. In such cases we expect that you have working knowledge of the language relevant to your assignment.

For specific details on the Talent Programme and application instructions please refer to our page about DIGNITY's Talent Programme.

DIGNITY's Legal Department


DIGNITY’s legal unit especially welcome applications from students interested in the following topics:

1)      Regional and international jurisprudence on torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in relation to ‘stress positions’ or other forms of psychological torture.

o   Research Question: Under what conditions and in what cases have stress positions or other forms of psychological torture found – by regional/ international courts - to attain a certain level of severity so that these amount to torture or CIDT?

2)      Secret detention, unacknowledged detention, arbitrary detention and incommunicado detention from a legal perspective.

o   Research Question: How are these forms of detention considered under international law and international jurisprudence, and under what conditions and in what cases have they been found to constitute a violation of the (a) right to liberty and security; (b) right to freedom from torture; and (c) right to freedom from enforced disappearance.

3)      In its jurisprudence, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) draws upon the standards, findings and conclusions of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

o   Research Question: How do the standards, findings and conclusions of the CPT inform the jurisprudence of the ECtHR, notably regarding physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment as well as conditions of detention.

Further info from Therese Rytter (tr@dignity.dk)

DIGNITY's Urban Violence Department


Within the area of urban violence, DIGNITY seek students interested in contributing to the generation of knowledge regarding the effects and impacts of DIGNITY’s interventions as well as the conditions under which such interventions are carried out, through internships or agreed upon shared thesis projects

As part of our intervention programs DIGNITY’s researchers and partners generate substantial data sets (quantitative and qualitative) of a high quality which can be shared with students, who work under the supervision of our researchers and senior researchers on topics of relevance for the overall development of DIGNITY’s programmatic approaches. In theoretical terms our research addresses questions such as:

  • What are the links between social capital and violence prevention?
  • How are bonding, bridging and linking relationships in social networks impacting on area based interventions?
  • How are state and non-state forms of violence (private as well as public forms) experienced, lived with and acted upon by inhabitants in poor urban neighborhoods?

Of interest is work that engages with understanding the effects and impacts of programs at the levels of:

  • Specific urban areas (neighborhoods/communities)
  • Social networks within and beyond these communities (based on kinship, profession or livelihood)
  • The effects and impacts of programs on community based organizations, professional NGOs and state institutions including the security sector and locally mandated authorities
  • The effects and impacts of programs on target groups within the relevant areas (i.e. government officials, police, gender based)
  • Analysis and assessments of the workings of specific project components such as leadership training, intersectoral collaboration (dialogue forums) and social work with survivors of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment.

Students are expected to have relevant language skills and should be able to work within an broader framework of development studies and/or public health.

DIGNITY's Health Department


DIGNITY’s health unit especially welcome applications from students interested in contributing to the following projects:

  1.        Prevention of suicide, suicide attempts and self-harm in Moroccan prisons (with a focus on the development of a training package for prison staff). A public health background and French or Arabic language skills is necessary.
  2.        Mental health in post-conflict Colombia – Ways ahead (with a focus on data analysis related to dynamics between stigma, social capital and mental health). Knowledge of Spanish would be preferred.

Further info from Una Marquard (umb@dignity.dk)