Summer / Winter Schools

ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques

This edition of the Summer School in Methods and Techniques will be the 10th organised by the ECPR, and to be held at the University of Ljubljana. A programme of special events during the Summer School, and publications afterwards (including a special issue of ECPR News and a symposium in EPS) will mark ten years of methods training at the ECPR.
Now a key fixture in the calendar for students and young scholars, the Summer School forms part of the ECPR's Methods School, which delivers cutting-edge courses in the full span of qualitative and quantitative topics, spread across the two schools. Delivered by a diverse range of experienced Instructors and supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants, the academic side of the School is designed to provide young scholars with the methodological skill set they need at the start of the career, while an exciting plenary programme provides an opportunity for all important networking.

Dates & Place:
University of Ljubljana 23 July - 8 August 2015

Funding:
Every year, ECPR awards around 200 grants to people who belong to full member institutions (CEU is a full member institution). Applicants are limited to one ECPR Grant/Registration Refund in any two year period.
ECPR grants contribute towards attendance and are paid after the event. Funding is available for the Summer School.
Also available early-bird discount and loyalty discount for alumni of previous ECPR events.

Deadline:
25 June 2015

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ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics: Interest Groups and Public Policy: Mobilisation, Lobbying Strategies and Influence

The 6th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics at the University of Hamburg focuses on interest groups and their impact on public policy. Through a variety of courses taught by renowned interest scholars from Europe and the US, students will learn about the different stages of the lobbying process involving the mobilization, the strategies and the influence that interest groups exert on public policy.
The summer school combines theoretical as well as methodological courses to provide students with advanced training in the latest theoretical approaches and in cutting-edge methodological techniques applied in the study of interest groups. In addition, the summer school will provide students with an international forum to build an academic network with other junior and senior scholars in interest group research.
Students will in addition have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research project to get feedback from the instructors and the other students. The best paper will be awarded a prize by the convenors of the ECPR Summer School.

Dates & Place:
20 – 28 July 2015, Hamburg, Germany.

Fees:
Summer School Course: €350. Summer School Course and Accommodation: €650 (8 nights).

Funding:
Self-funded students may apply for a travel and accommodation grant (two grants of €250 will be awarded).

Deadline:
April

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ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques

Part of the ECPR’s Methods School, the annual Winter School provides cutting-edge courses in the full span of qualitative and quantitative topics. Delivered by a diverse range of experienced Instructors and supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants, the academic side of the School is designed to provide young scholars with the methodological skill set they need at the start of the career, while an exciting plenary programme provides an opportunity for all important networking.

Funding:
Every year, ECPR awards around 200 grants to people who belong to full member institutions (CEU is a full member institution). Applicants are limited to one ECPR Grant/Registration Refund in any two year period.
ECPR grants contribute towards attendance and are paid after the event. Funding is available for the Summer School.
Also available early-bird discount and loyalty discount for alumni of previous ECPR events.

Deadline:
Registration opens in October.

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Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis

The Summer School consists of three two-week sessions. Each session offers a variety of post graduate level courses. Courses usually run for two weeks, infrequent exceptions run for one week only. Courses cover various types of quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, techniques for data collection and measurement as well as mathematics. The language of instruction is English.
The Summer School attempts to give places in courses to participants who command over the required skills. Applicants are advised to pay careful attention to the course requirements, which are clearly stated in the course descriptions. Requirements include mathematical foundations, knowledge of statistical computer programs, prior knowledge of simple estimation procedures, and so on. Participants can fresh-up their mathematics knowledge in an intensive course, Mathematics for Social Scientists. The course is free for participants of the Summer School. The course cannot be taken without participation in at least one other course. Most courses combine lectures, seminars, and lab sessions. Note that lab sessions depend on the content of the course.
The Summer School provides an opportunity for social scientists to make contact with professional social scientists from other countries. Besides classroom instruction and daily laboratory work, there are evening seminars on research topics of special interest.

Dates & Place:
The 48th Essex Summer School takes place between 13 July and 21 August 2015.

Deadline:
May

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International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies organized by the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus

The International Summer School seeks to attract reflective research students (MA or PhD), preferably with field experience, working on a broad range of issues pertaining to peace and peacebuilding. The aim is to broaden rather than restrict input and to bring together individuals with different disciplinary backgrounds and professional experiences.
The 2015 International Summer School focus theme is "State Fragmentation, Regional Crises and War Endings."

Dates & Place:
Nicosia, 19 – 31 July, 2015

Fees:
1100€ (en suite accommodation), 1000€ (accommodation), 800€ (no accommodation).

Funding:
A limited number of scholarships is awarded on a merit and need basis to partially cover participation and/or travel expenses.

Deadline:
31 May 2015

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Migration Summer School. Multiple Approaches to Migration: Challenges at Origin and Destination

Migration is a critical issue for governments at all levels, and both sending and receiving societies.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Summer School will address a wide range of topics, including the legal and gendered aspects of migration policy; the challenges of cultural diversity in Europe; the emerging field of social remittances; and the impact of migration on demography and labour markets. Participants will also be exposed to both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as well as theoretical frameworks for studying migration.
Lectures will be accompanied by research work, interactive debates and roundtables, and time for independent study. The insights from sociological, demographic, legal and economic approaches to the study of migration will enable participants to return home with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe.
One day of the Summer School will coincide with the Migration Policy Centre’s Annual Conference. Participants will therefore also have the opportunity to attend the conference and interact with a variety of migration stakeholders.

Eligibility:
• A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent experience;
• A strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
• An excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
• The availability to attend the entire teaching aspect of the programme.

Dates & Place:
Monday 22 June 2015 – Friday 03 July 2015, Florence

Fees:
Fee for 2015: €2200. The fee includes: 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all tuition, all course materials, access to the EUI library, wifi access at the EUI, a range of social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on days of lectures.

Funding:
A limited number of scholarships fully covering the above fee are available for outstanding candidates by application only (see Summer School application form). However, please note that unsuccessful applicants for these places will not be considered for a fee-paying place at the school. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.

Deadline:
April

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Nuclear History Boot Camp

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the fifth-annual Nuclear History Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). The continued proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the most pressing security issues of our time, yet the empirically-based study of international nuclear history remains in its infancy! NPIHP’s Nuclear History Boot Camp is an intensive, ten-day immersion in the history of nuclear matters ranging from the evolution of nuclear technology to the origins and development of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy through the historical roots of today’s global nuclear landscape.

Eligibility:
Specifically targeted at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the summer 2015 Nuclear History Boot Camp is open to:
• Students enrolled in or who have been accepted to a Ph.D. program in international relations, history, political science and related fields,
• Especially students who are working towards or considering a thesis on nuclear matters.
• Applicants who have completed their M.A. degree and are considering a Ph.D. in any of the above fields will also be considered.

Dates & Place:
Allumiere near Rome, Italy, June 12 - 22, 2015.

Funding:
Participants will receive full tuition and round-trip airfare to Rome as well as accommodations and meals during the boot camp.

Deadline:
November

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Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory

Fees:

The total fee, including tuition and 10 nights accommodation in a seaside hostel, is 800 Euro. A limited number of applicants on a non-accommodation basis at a 400 Euro rate will be accepted.

Funding:
A limited number of full tuition scholarships for regional students may be made available.

Dates & Place:
Cres, Croatia, 22 June – 2 July 2015.

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The Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research Summer School

The institute seeks to enable participants to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches. Topics include research design, concept formation, methods of structured and focused comparisons of cases, typological theory, case selection, process tracing, comparative historical analysis, congruence testing, path dependency, interpretivism, counterfactual analysis, interview and field research (including archival) techniques, necessary and sufficient conditions, fuzzy set methods, and philosophy of science issues relevant to qualitative research.
IQMR attendees receive constructive feedback on their own qualitative research designs, and the course also includes discussions led by the authors of well known works which employ qualitative methods. Illustrations are drawn from exemplary research in international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. The schedule and reading list from the thirteenth annual institute, available through the link on the left, indicates the range of the issues that are covered. Please note, however, that this syllabus will be revised for the fourteenth institute, and should be viewed with this in mind.

Dates & Place:
14 – 26 June, 2015, Syracuse University.

Funding:
CQRM covers the costs of participation, lodging, and meals for successful applicants. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Syracuse University.

Deadline:
November

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Currently Inactive

Joint Nordwel and Reassess International Summer School: State, Society & Citizen – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives On Welfare State Development

NCoE NordWel and REASSESS organized a joint international summer school.
Welfare states can be studied with a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, from various chronological perspectives and with a focus on different empirical phenomena. The summer school aims to stimulate discussions across disciplines and foster innovative cross-disciplinary research on the development of welfare states over time. The summer school brings together PhD students and well-established scholars in scientific exchanges.

Dates & Place:
Hanasaari, Espoo, 12-17 August 2012.

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Young Scholars School "European Identity"

Against the background of a contested European Union and the lasting challenges of European identity research, the Young Scholar School is directed to stimulate fresh ideas by bringing together international young scholars with experienced researchers and high profile students. Due to several features, the school’s programme is a unique offer for advanced PhD-Students and young post-Docs dealing with issues of (collective) European identity. The goals of the School are:
• Strengthening the efforts on theory building by reconsidering the conceptual bases and theoretical premises of European identity research;
• Consolidating the empirical knowledge on European identity by improving our methods and refining our instruments of measurement;
• Opening up novel research perspectives by using an interdisciplinary approach on collective identity research.

Dates & Place:
17 – 23 March 2013, University of Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

Funding:
Full scholarships available.

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(*Time of research: May 2015)