Participants/Junior scientists:

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 not a necessity. Advanced graduate students (MA) and Ph.D. students certainly fit best. Also, scholars even further in their career (e.g. postdocs) are invited to apply, too.

We recommend to all applicants to describe their experience with and knowledge of the research topic and/or CSS methods.


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

No, not in general. Although the main target group for participation is advanced MA-level and doctoral students, we welcome applications of dedicated undergraduate students and postdocs who want to engage in a new field of research 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 must 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 within 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 the openness of experts as well as participants. Nevertheless, we recommend being as specific as possible even if this cannot fully be realized during the school. You should focus on a realizable research idea composed of the 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.

We do not accept project proposals by applicants this year. 


How will the selection of participants be done?

In a first step, we select participants based on their general fit to the summer school. In this stage, participants are not finally tied to a project team. Experts will be involved in reviewing applications. These will likely (but not necessarily) be leaders of the projects, the applicant has selected in his or hers application. In a second step, the matching with the project is considered.

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 participants and projects. We will inform you about your preliminary assigned project with the invitation to the summer school or shortly after. Changing a project may be possible if you find another participants who is willing to switch projects with you.

The targeted size of each team is five, including two experts and three participants.


To what extent are the projects on the website fixed?

The proposed projects are preliminary. Project leaders offer a project on a topic on which they can supervise participants and we ask our experts to be open for proposals of their team members. However, the decision if a proposal of a participant can be integrated is up to the project leaders. In addition, you may have noticed already that some projects are further developed than others.


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 developed further. This could differ between projects and is decided by the project leaders.


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. We cannot allocate participants with laptops.


What are the conditions of a travel grant?

You are only eligible for a travel grant if your home institution does not cover your travel expenses. You have to give proof of this in your application. You also have to briefly explain your need of a travel grant.

If you are granted a travel grant, your travel expenses are reimbursed up to country-specific caps. Refund of travel expenses will be after the summer school has ended and if you have handed in all original travel receipts and tickets.

Find the list with country-specific caps here: Caps for reimbursement


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 countries 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


I am interested in your doctoral/postdoc program. How do I apply?

Please note that we do not offer doctoral degree or postdoc program. Th research incubator project features a series of three summer schools. As a researcher, independent of your stage, you can apply for participation in teh two-weeks summer school program. If you are an experienced scholar, you may consider applying as an expert or project leader. For application as a participants or experts/project leader, respectively, please check if we have a call published.