How are you spending your summer…researching?

By Mar.08, 2010

How are you plaining to do during this summer?

This is probably the most popular season for holidays. PhD students, however, usually use this time to keep working on their research…

Do research students ever take a break until they go through their Viva? I doubt it!

But sometimes it is important to get away from our usual research environment and experience something different, without entirely needing to shift our focus from our research. Doctoral Summer Schools and related programmes can be a great way of achieve that. From past experiences, I know that such programme can offer interesting opportunities to learn, but also to meet other like-minded people, and more importantly, as far as I can tell, to establish connections with people who are going through the same process as we. Finding people who we can relate to and who in return are threading the same PhD road can be quite interesting. Furthermore, it can be a start of a new partnership, a collaborative paper, etc…who knows?

I must say, that having taken part in one of these Doctoral programmes, I can testify that they do add meaning to our experience as research students.

So here is a short list of events happening this year and which you can still apply for. Most of them offer scholarships and grants, which always make our participation much easier.

The following Doctoral summer programmes offer opportunities in several disciplines. Hopefully one of them will be of interest to you.

I have ordered them by the application deadline date, rather than discipline, because they are all in different areas. If you know of any other programmes, please do share them here.

Summer Schools and Training Sessions


2nd EMES International PhD Summer School 2010

(Research field: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Economy and Solidarity Economy)

When: June 30 – July 03, 2010

Where: Denmark

Deadline: March 15, 2010

The International Summer School Pathogen-Host-Interplay
(Research field: infection biology, immunology or related fields)

When: July 010-24, 2010

Where: Germany

Deadline: April 18, 2010

The Stone Summer Theory Institute
(Research Field: contemporary art (theory))

When: July , 2010

Where: USA

Deadline: April 15, 2010

Summer School on Design-Based Research in Technology-Enhanced Learning (DeBRa)
(Research Field: Technology Enhanced Learning)

When: June 7-11, 2010

Where: Estonia

Deadline: March 26, 2010

Creative Commons Summer Internship 2010
(Research Field: several disciplines)

When: June – August, 2010

Where: USA

Deadline: March 26, 2010

6th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning (Research Field: Technology Enhanced Learning)

When: June 7 -11, 2010

Where: Macedonia

Deadline: March 26, 2010

International Summer School in Systematic Musicology 2010
(Research Field: Musicology and Music Research in the following areas computer science, psychology, information science, mathematics, physics, etc)

When: August 11-20, 2010

Where: Finnland

When: August 11-20, 2010

Deadline: March 31, 2010


Summer School of the Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy
(Research Field: philosophy, economics, political science, law, etc.)

When: 22-26 August, 2010

Where : The Netherlands

Deadline: April 1, 2010

ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2010

(Research Field: communication and media studies

When: August 15-27, 2010

Where: Slovenia

Deadline: April 9, 2010

Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies
(Research Field: Social Sciences)

When: July 26 – August 06, 2010

Where: Norway

Deadline: April 15, 2010


Privacy and Identity Management for Life
(Research Field: Several disciplines)

When: August 2-6, 2010

Where: Sweden

Deadline: May 2, 2010


PhD summer school on the political economy of ICT
(Research Field: technology background combined with an economics and/or social science)

When: 22-27 August, 2010Su

Where: Denmark

Deadline: July 1, 2010

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