Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences
Linking Theory and Empirical Research
The "Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research" seeks to promote young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research.
“Clearing the underbrush” (Bevir) of research methodology and explicitly tackling the linking of empirical data to the wide range of theories is the main focus of the Berlin Summer School.
The Berlin Summer School is a joint endeavor of two of Germany’s leading social science institutions, the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) serves as the platform for international graduate training at the Humboldt University’s Institute of Social Sciences. Since its foundation in 2002, it has become a prime address for the professional education of young social scientists in Europe. It has been generously funded by the German Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments since 2007.
The internationally renowned WZB Berlin Social Science Center conducts research with a focus on modern societies. While it attracts scholars from all over the world, it also closely collaborates with the Berlin-based universities and is committed to the promotion of young social scientists.
The curriculum has been developed in close cooperation between junior and senior scholars.
ECTS Credit Points
Upon successful completion of a project presentation addressing a key methodological challenge in one's own work, participants will be granted 6 ECTS credit points.
The costs for the program are partly covered by tuition fees. The fee for the two-week program is 740 EUR.
Living costs (accomodation, food, etc.) during the summer school are not included in the fee. Fees have to be paid by selected candidates before the start of the summer school. Details on due dates will be informed after the selection process.
Due to generous funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Summer School is able to offer a certain amount of travel grants for non-German international participants.
The travel grants are payed as fixed sums based on DAAD guidelines for the specific countries.
Who can apply?
The Berlin Summer School is open to about fifty international PhD candidates as well as advanced master students and researchers in their early postdoc phase in political science, sociology or neighboring disciplines. The summer school is designed for young researchers who have already begun planning their research projects in detail or are currently working on them.
We will select the international participants based on academic achievement, potential and motivation as reflected in the application.
In addition, we will seek a balance between the thematic areas covered in week 2, countries of origin, and gender.
How to apply?
Please fill out the application form online on the official website (including short CV, motivation statement, and abstract of the research project). After successful submission of the application you should receive an automatic confirmation by email.
Application deadline: 31 March 2017
The decision of the selection committee will be communicated to the applicants at the beginning of April.
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.