Call for Applications, Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Deadline: 31 March 2018
Open to: PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs
Venue: 16– 26 July 2018 in Berlin, Germany

We are delighted to announce the 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: “External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change”, “Citizenship, Migration, and Identities”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “Democracy at the Crossroads”.

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and oneto-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/ WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield). The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

The Berlin Summer School is open to about fifty international PhD candidates as well as advanced master students and researchers in their early postdoc phase in political science, sociology or neighboring disciplines.

Upon successful completion of a project presentation addressing a key methodological challenge in one’s own work, participants will be granted 6 ECTS credit points.

The summer school is designed for young researchers who have already begun planning their research projects in detail or are currently working on them.

We will select the international participants based on academic achievement, potential and motivation as reflected in the application.

In addition, we will seek a balance between the thematic areas covered in week 2, countries of origin, and gender.

The costs for the program are partly covered by tuition fees.

The fee for the two-week program is EUR 750

Living costs (accomodation, food, etc.) during the summer school are not included in the fee. Fees have to be paid by selected candidates before the start of the summer school. Details on due dates will be informed after the selection process.

The Summer School does not provide organized housing for the participants, but will provide information and suggestions on accommodation for the selected candidates.


Unfortunately, the Berlin Summer School currently does not have any grants or scholarships. All costs in relation to the participation in our summer school have to be covered by the participants themselves (or their home institutions).

Please fill out the application form online (including short CV, motivation statement, and abstract of the research project).

After successful submission of the application you should receive an automatic confirmation by email.

Application deadline: 31 March 2018

The decision of the selection committee will be communicated to the applicants at the end of March.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.

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