Call for Applications, Georg Arnhold International Summer School 2018 in Germany

Deadline:  15 March 2018
Open to: distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law who hold a Ph.D. and have excellent knowledge of English
Venue: 23– 27 July 2018 in Braunschweig, Germany


The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) is pleased to announce the fifth Georg Arnhold International Summer School, which will take place in Braunschweig, Germany, from 23 to 27 July 2018.

This year’s Summer School will explore the theme of preventing violent extremism through education (PVE-E). It will focus on curricula and curriculum reform, educational media, formal and non-formal educational activities, and diverse stakeholders such as teachers, NGOs, governments and international organizations in the context of PVE-E policies, practices and challenges. Particular emphasis will be placed on sharing expertise of good practices around the world, offering a critical analysis of problematic and controversial approaches, and identifying potential ways of overcoming obstacles.

Recent decades have seen an increase of violent extremism around the world. Advocating or using violence to achieve radical social, economic, religious or political objectives is a major threat to people’s lives, their security and safety as well as to the coherence and stability of societies as a whole. Violent extremism acts against the fundamental principles of human rights and peace and has been a cause of forced migration as people flee areas that have fallen under the control of violent extremist groups. In recent years, resources have increasingly focused on preventing violent extremism as a much more effective approach than countering or mitigating its effects. There is a wider appreciation that violent extremism is not exclusive to any country or region, but a transnational phenomenon that requires global action. There is also international recognition of the importance of education as a tool to prevent violent extremism.


Distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law who hold a Ph.D. and have excellent knowledge of English may apply. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic or professional achievement in their fields and ideally combine scholarly excellence and contact with hands-on practice and grassroots work.

Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations or in international organizations may also apply.

Please note: In exceptional cases, the Georg Eckert Institute will consider applications from practitioners who do not hold a Ph.D. but who have at least five years of advanced professional experience in the area of peace education and who can demonstrate that their work and/or research projects have made an outstanding impact in the field of peace education.


No registration fees apply. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all participants, and economy-class travel expenses will be reimbursed.


The application must include:


The cover letter (max. 2 pages) should provide evidence of the quality of the candidate’s scholarship and expertise.


The application documents should further contain a description of the research project or book the candidate wishes to work on during the Professorship. Candidates should clearly state the objectives of their research, outline its methodology and describe the significance of their research for the field of education for sustainable peace as well as the intended results of the project. The project description should further contain a rough timetable for the duration of the candidate’s research stay as well as a detailed strategy for the dissemination of its findings to its key target groups, which might include academia, policymakers or the general public. Finally, candidates should submit a brief abstract for the Symposium they envisage holding. (max. 5 pages)


Candidates should also submit a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications. If the majority of the candidate’s publications are not in English, please provide a translation of the titles. The application documents should further contain a sample of the applicant’s current scholarly writing; this could be a book chapter or an article.


Please also submit a completed application form. You should print off the completed form and sign it before submitting it as a scanned PDF document.


Submissions should be made electronically; we regret that we cannot accept paper applications. All documents must be in PDF format and the file size should not exceed 2 MB. We cannot accept applications submitted as zip files or via a file server. The file name should be “Last name, First name_Application Arnhold”.

Please send applications to, using the subject line “Application Arnhold Program – YOUR NAME”.


The application deadline for the 2018/19 fellowship year is October 1, 2017. The successful candidate may begin his or her fellowship from October 2018 at the earliest.


The application process consists of three stages:

  1. Review of applications by a GEI committee
  2. Evaluation of applications preselected by scholarly experts in the field of peace education
  3. Final selection by the program’s academic advisory board

The principal criteria for the committee’s decision will be the candidates’ academic reputation and the quality of the project they plan to pursue during their stay in Braunschweig. In order to gain a clear idea of shortlisted candidates’ ability to disseminate, communicate and achieve the objectives of their projects, the selection committee will invite a number of candidates to an online interviewat the annual board meeting, which will take place in spring 2018. This meeting will subsequently select the successful candidate.


Wendy Anne Kopisch and Katharina Baier
Program coordinators Georg-Arnhold-Program/Publications and International Cooperation
Branch Office B0.09 and B0.03
Phone: +49 531 59099-274

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