At Asylos, our volunteers are our greatest asset. With over 100 people in over 25 countries, we are uniquely placed to access remote information. We are a volunteer-driven organisation, and determined to foster community and collaboration across borders for the benefit of the most vulnerable.

In joining Asylos, you will be joining a network of dedicated and highly qualified researchers and legal experts around the world who come together to leverage their research skills for asylum. You will also have access to:

  • An international team structure, with a regional specialty, led by an experienced and dedicated research coordinator

  • A personalised Asylos email address, and our volunteer intranet, where you can collaborate, connect, and get to know other volunteers

  • Funded travel to annual meetings in cities such as London, Berlin, Brussels, and Paris

  • A member-led organisation, in which volunteers are provided with the room to take initiative and participate in new projects

  • Regular training in COI research techniques, both established and innovative

To meet some of our current volunteers and hear what they have to say, take a look at the below video.

current opportunities

We are looking for volunteer researchers to join our Russia/CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) research team! 

The volunteer researcher will conduct research into human rights abuses to support asylum seekers coming from the Russia/CIS region. This entails looking into political and security situations, human rights violations, and any other facts that will support an asylum seeker in proving her/his need for protection. The researcher will be expected to commit at least two hours per week and will work in close cooperation with the other team members and team coordinators, sharing best practices and feedback.

Your profile

  • Strong research skills and an experience in academic research (or in country-of-origin information research)
  • A strong interest  in the Russia/CIS region and possibly also a network on the ground
  • Very good knowledge of English and/or French (required)
  • The ability to read and speak Russian and/or another language of the CIS region (national but also minority languages of the region are a strong asset)
  • An interest in leveraging social media, academic sources, and primary sources for research
  • Previous experience in the field of public health and research on access to healthcare is a plus
  • A willingness to use online collaboration tools
  • A strong commitment to meet tight deadlines 
  • At least three years of university‐level studies; law, politics or international relations are excellent preparation but other subjects and relevant work experience will be considered in lieu. 

What we offer 

  • An opportunity to help change the lives of asylum seekers and get involved in a dynamic project with a small but fast-growing organisation;
  • An international network of highly qualified and motivated volunteers with meetings in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Brussels and Paris;
  • An inclusive working atmosphere with room for taking initiative and proposing new projects;
  • Regular COI research training, incl. in using social media, conducting interviews, and other research techniques;
  • Participation in Asylos’ annual network meeting.

To apply, please send your CV and a short letter of motivation to [email protected].

spontaneous applications as volunteer researcher

If your profile does not match any of our current opportunities, but you feel you may have a relevant skill to help asylum seekers claim protection, do not hesitate to send a CV and cover letter describing your motivation and reasons for joining Asylos as a researcher to [email protected]. Please also indicate which of our regional research teams (Africa, Americas, Asia, MENA or Russia/CIS) you are interested in joining.

If we agree, we will hold your application on file and when one of our teams is in need of your skills we will get in touch to begin the application process. Please note that, due to limited capacity and a high volume of volunteer applications, it is very likely that your application is put on hold for several months before you may hear back from us. We particularly welcome applications from people of minority ethnic backgrounds, and those resident outside the EU.

Once we have your application on file, we will hold it until the relevant team is interested in your profile or until you ask us to remove it. Please note that we are in particular looking for demonstrated research skills, language skills and contacts in relevant countries of origin. Knowledge of legal procedures is not necessary for researchers. If we are interested in proceeding with your application, the recruitment process requires approximately two to three months of at least two hours of your time per week. The process is as follows:

  1. A recruitment video call with the team coordinators and/or head office staff to discuss your interest and relevant skills
  2. Completion of our online internal COI training
  3. Completion of a test case (approx. 5 weeks), working closely with one of the team's coordinators and, if satisfactory,
  4. A final onboarding call with the team coordinators to welcome you to Asylos and discuss your involvement