Bergen Summer Research School 2017 - Language, Culture and Society, Norway

Publish Date: Dec 13, 2016

Deadline: Feb 15, 2017

Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability

Alberto Cimadamore Scientific Director, Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), UiB

Noel Keenlyside Professor, Geophysical Institute, UiB

In its Agenda 2030, the United Nations defines the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions as “the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”. The document defines climate change as the other great challenge of our time due to its effects on present and future generations and its unprecedented and disproportioned impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

The main objective of this course is to analyse these challenges and to provide PhD candidates with tools to address them. Transdisciplinary research (TDR) and more specifically, Sustainability Science, offer the possibility to address urgent societal problems focusing on the transition to sustainability.


Check requirements

Before you start your application for admission, please check that you have the required academic background. Only applicants who meet the admission requirements will be considered.

The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  1. Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  2. Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.

Register application

Register your application at søknadweb.

Choose “International Applicant” if you are not Norwegian; otherwise choose your “National Identifier and PIN”

Click "Register new applicant" and follow the instructions. Make sure your contact information is correct: address, email, phone number, preferred language, etc. Use your private address, not your university address. Make sure you enter the city code/post code and city.

Click "save" to complete the registration of your personal information. You will be redirected to the login page. Confirmation of your registration and login password will be sent to your email address.

Log on to “søknadsweb” and start the application process.

Pick study programme

Register a new application

Complete "my profile" - click "next".

Choose “new application”. Then click on the Bergen Summer Research School, listed among the other study programmes at the University of Bergen.

Select the course(s) you wish to apply for (max two courses in prioritized order). Your application will be evaluated based on your research and its relevance to the objective of the course of first priority.

Click "save" and you will be directed to the page to upload documents.

Upload the following documents.

  1. Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  2. Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  3. A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  4. A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)

A receipt will be sent to the registered email address. Follow the link in this email to complete the application with your CV and an abstract of your ongoing research.

Register CV and abstract

To complete your application, follow the link in the confiramation email and register the following information. Enter your name and email used when you registered your application. 

Application information

  1. Indicate whether you will attend the course to gain credit
  2. Abstract of your ongoing research / dissertation (maximum 250 words). Please outline main objectives, framework of the research, and method(s)
  3. Motivational letter (maximum 500 words)

Your CV and educational background

  1. Educational background (maximum 500 words)
  2. Work experience (maximum 500 words)
  3. Publications — register up to ten publications, if any
  4. Indicate your English proficiency, as it is the only language of instruction and communication
  5. Your current position
  6. Your highest achieved degree and institution

Complete application

Your application is officially complete when:

  1. You have filled in your complete home address
  2. You have selected a course(s)
  3. You have uploaded all the required documents
  4. You have registered your CV, educational background and abstract
  5. You have received confirmation by email

Application status

You can change or update your application until15 February 2017.

The status of your application will be under consideration on “søknadsweb” until we have finished the processing.

Academic level

The Bergen Summer Research School offers PhD candidates and junior researchers the opportunity to work together with internationally renowned scholars.

In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Participants may take only one of the seven parallel courses.

Requirements and credits

Upon acceptance, the participants will be asked to submit a short essay of 2-4 pages from their own research on a research question decided by each course leader. This will be used as the base for presenting your research to the rest of the course.

Participation at the BSRS will be credited under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.

Library services

Students will have access to the electronic resources of the University Library, from time of acceptance until the end of 2017.

Registration fee

The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 (approximately EUR 420 or USD 460 - follow link to check current exchange rate). The fee covers course materials, social events, lunch during working days, and a full-day excursion. You will also have full access to University Library and its online resources until the end of the year. The registration fee is due upon you receiving a letter of acceptance.

We offer a limited number of registration fee waivers and stipends (partial and full) which will be granted based on academic merit.

Applicants from the BSRS partner institutions (CMI, HiB, NHH, Uni Research and UiB) should seek to have the registration fee paid by their department.

Travel and accommodation

Participants not receiving stipends are expected to organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation. You are, however, welcome to stay at the Fantoft Student Village. This costs NOK 4,000. You may make a reservation for this in the registration form and the fee is due upon you receiving a letter of acceptance.

At the Fantoft Student Village, we offer single bedrooms with shared kitchen/bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with basic kitchen utensils, and each room comes with towels and linnens. There are facilities for washing clothes.

If you want to book your own accommodation, you will find lists of hotels and guesthouses on the City of Bergen web pages. Hotels in Bergen are generally fully booked in the summer, so make your reservation early!

All participants will receive a pass (Bergen zone) for busses and the light rail valid for the duration of the Summer School.

Visa to Norway, obligatory travel insurance and airport tax must be paid for by the participants themselves.


We offer a limited number of stipends that wil be awarded based on the quality of your submitted abstract and academic background. Enter the required information in the application form and clearly state the reasons why you seek financial support.

Full stipend
To be eligible for full support (includes registration fee, air ticket, food vouchers and accommodation).

If granted, the BSRS secretariat will purchase the tickets for you and send them to you electronically. Travel costs accumulated in the applicants' home country will as a rule not be reimbursed.

Reimbursements for visa to Norway, obligatory travel insurance and airport tax will only be made in person after you arrive in Bergen, provided you bring original receipts. You are responsible for obtaining your own obligatory travel insurance.

Partial stipends - All applicants are welcome to apply for ONE of the stipends below.

Travel stipend

This will cover the cost of an international roundtrip air ticket; visa for Norway; and fees for obligatory travel insurance. The roundtrip air-ticket will be the cheapest and most direct route from the nearest international airport in your country to Bergen. You can apply for the stipend in the registration form.

If granted, the BSRS secretariat will purchase the tickets for you and send them to you electronically. Travel costs accumulated in the applicants' home country will as a rule not be reimbursed.

Reimbursements for visa to Norway, obligatory travel insurance and airport tax will only be made in person after you arrive in Bergen, provided you bring original receipts. You are responsible for obtaining your own obligatory travel insurance.

Accommodation stipend

All applicants are welcome to apply for a stipend covering the cost for a room at the Fantoft Student Village. You may apply for the stipend in the registration form.

Waving of registration fee

All applicants may seek to have the registration fee waived. Do so in the registration form.

Costs and currency

It may be useful to know that prices in Norway are among the highest in the world, not least when it comes to public transport, restaurants, and nationally produced merchandise in general.

The currency of Norway is Norwegian Kroner (NOK). 


Lunches and coffee/tea breaks will be served every working day of the Summer Research School. This is covered by the registration fee. Also, some social events will include a light meal. Participants are themselves responsible for all other meals.

Where is Bergen?

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, facing the North Sea on the west coast. Although Bergen is often called the City of Rain, it certainly also has its share of sunny days. Summer temperatures range from 12 – 25 degrees (Celsius)

Due to its location on a peninsula between seven mountains, the city centre itself is not very big. All the same, it is a lively town with more than 30,000 students -- many of them from abroad. Bergen has an interesting cultural life and a pulsating night life.

Bergen is well connected to the rest of the world with direct flights from/to a number of central European airports and by railway (via Oslo). For more information about Bergen.

The Bergen Summer Research School 2017 will take place at the University of Bergen’s Law Faculty (Dragefjellet) in the city centre. Address: Magnus Lagabøtes plass 1. 

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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