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:
27 July – 14 August 2020, virtual

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.

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

The Tenth Summer School on Interest Groups took place in The Hague in early July 2019. Over the course of the past decade the annual summer school has brought top scholars of interest groups and civil society together for a one-week intensive presentation of the core aspects of interest group research.
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:
4 July - 12 July, 2019, The Hague, Netherlands.

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 54th Essex Summer School will take place between 11 July and 20 August 2021.

Deadline:
May

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Mediterranean Migration Studies: Theoretical and Empirical Research Agenda

The main objective of this IMISCOE Summer Course is to provide an intensive program that promotes Mediterranean Migration Studies. It will be topic-oriented, and will follow three main drivers: 1) Promoting innovative research shaping the Mediterranean Migration Research agenda. 2) Debating new patterns/drivers of Mediterranean Human Mobility and governance reactions. 3) Following Med-Thinking by enhancing multiple views of the Mediterranean as a category of analysis, avoiding Eurocentrism and generalized arguments, and focusing on positive views of migration.

Dates & Place:
June 28 to July 3, 2021, Barcelona, Spain.

Deadline:
January 18, 2021

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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. 

Dates & Place:
June 2021, 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:
December

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CEU Summer University

A special study and professional development opportunity for academics and practitioners from all over the world. Please check out our course offerings for next summer below. We are planning to run face-to-face courses in Budapest. If, however, the pandemic continues to pose health risks, the majority of the courses will be delivered online. Updates on the final format of the program will be available around the end of March, 2021.

We look forward to meeting you in person at the Budapest campus or in the virtual space in 2021.

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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.

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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.

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Nuclear History Boot Camp

Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the 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.

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Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory

The Cres Summer School (2013-2018) was launched as a collaboration between the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the University of Rijeka in Croatia to offer students an excellent opportunity to learn about how societies deal and overcome war crimes and human rights violations during conflicts and under authoritarian regimes.

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(*Time of research: January 2021)