FAQs

Who is eligible for application?

There are no strict conditions on who is eligible for application. We recommend applicants to have finished at least their undergraduate studies (BA degree) to have a certain command of scientific work and an idea of scientific projects. However, a certain educational degree is no necessity, although advanced graduate students (MA) and PhD students certainly fit best. We especially recommend those applicants who are still in their academic education to explicitly describe their experience with and knowledge of the reserach topic and/or CSS methods. However, this is also recommendable for all applicants.

Also scholars even further in their career (e.g. postdocs) are invited to apply, too, if they are new to the reserach topic or CSS methods.

Applicants are not required to have advanced knowledge of the programming language R. For all those not familiar with R or who want to refresh their R-skills, we offer an advanced, two-days introductory workshop before the school starts.

Do I need to have a certain educational degree for being admitted?

No, not in general. Although the main target group for participation are advanced MA-level and doctoral students, we welcome applications of dedicated undergraduate students and postdocs who want to engage in a new field of reserach or method.
If you are an undergraduate, you should be familiar either with the theoretical or methodological focus. Please explain your knowledge, experience and/or skills within the respective field in your application.

How can I apply for the summer school?

You can apply online via the web-based tool EasyChair. You find instructions and required documents on our application page – click here.

I want to propose a project. How detailed should my project proposal be?

This depends on you, as long as you stay in the page limits. Even if you are offered to participate, there is no guarantee that your proposal can become a project of the school. We will try to merge similar projects and rely on openess of experts as well as participants. Nevertheless,we recommend to be as specific as possible even if this cannot fully realized during the school. You should focus on a realizable research idea comprised of problem, research idea, and a rough study design including possible databases and methods. In addition, you should describe your experience in that methods and may also mention potential experts from our website for supervision of your project.

How will the selection of participants be done?

In a first step we select participants. In this stage, participants are not fully tied to a project team. All experts will be involved in reviewing applications. Your application will be reviewed by about three reviewers. These will likely (but not necessarily) be experts of the projects you select in your application. The final decision of acceptance will be done by the organizers.

How will the matching of project teams be done?

Once participants are selected, we will do a preliminary matching of project teams together with our experts. The targeted size of each team is five, including two experts and three participants. We try to join free experts to teams where their expertise is of interest. Experts will then further define the respective project based on their expertise and input from the participants’ application.

To what extent are the projects on the website fixed?

The proposed projects on the website are preliminary. The idea is that our experts offer projects on topics which they can supervise participants on and which can be further developed with them. We ask our experts to be open for proposals of their team members. However, the decision if a proposal of a participants can be integrated is up to the supervising experts.

To what extend does the project work start before the beginning of the school?

Once participants are selected and the project teams are matched, hypotheses, data sources, and/or methodologies might be delevoped further. This could differ between projects and is decided by the supervisinig experts.

Should I contact one of the experts to gauge their interest in supporting a proposal?

No. The experts are also involved in the reviewing process. Therefore, we ask you to refrain from contacting the experts on inquiries about selection or your project proposal. You can ask questions about the project, but we do not oblige them to answer questions.

Do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes. Unfortunately, we cannot allocate participants with laptops.

How do I find out if my country of residency belongs to the group of low-income countries?

We refer to the official list of the World Bank differentiating countries into the categories low-income, lower-middle-income, upper-middle-income, and high-income countries.

The following counrties belong to the group of low-income countries: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Find the complete World Bank classification and relating documentation here: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/topics/19280-country-classification