Steps Centre Summer School in Several Disciplines 2017, UK

Publish Date: Nov 15, 2016

Deadline: Jan 29, 2017

About the Summer School

Applications are open for our sixth annual Summer School, which takes place on 15-26 May 2017 at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK.

The STEPS Centre Summer School aims to bring together an exceptional group of people who are exploring ideas and research methodologies for pathways to sustainability. Through a mix of lectures, walks, discussions and public events, participants will challenge the STEPS team and each other on questions of science, society and development.
The summer school has run since 2012 with the generous support of the ESRC, IDRC and UKIERI.

The Summer School brings together highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

How it works

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is the main venue. IDS is on the edge of the Sussex University campus, set in the middle of rolling countryside but with good transport links to Brighton.
The programme includes lectures and discussions, ‘walkshops’ – longer discussions held on walks through the surrounding area – social events, and a chance to play the African Farmer game. The Summer School also includes some time in smaller groups, where participants get to reflect and discuss their own work, led and mentored by members of the STEPS Centre.
The discussion in these groups goes towards a mini-conference, planned and run by participants themselves, with support from the STEPS team.


You will need to enter personal information, including:

  1. A brief statement outlining why you are interested in attending the STEPS Summer School (maximum 500 words) and details of your qualifications, professional experience and any publications.
  2.  A reference, as an attached document, from your academic supervisor/tutor or your current employer. This document
    should be 2 x A4 side only.

The deadline for sending applications is 5pm GMT on Sunday 29 January 2017. Please note that applications received after that deadline will not be considered. We hope to be able to let you know if your application has been successful by 28 February 2017.
*If you are unable to access the form, please contact Harriet Dudley


The fee for the STEPS Summer School is £750. This will be payable one month before the start of the Summer School.


We have a limited number of scholarships available to candidates whose country of birth is not an OECD member country
Scholarship funding may cover part or all of the following:

• STEPS Summer School fee
• Return flights or rail travel to the STEPS Summer School
• A contribution towards visa costs
• Accommodation
• Subsistence allowance (£400 to cover food and local travel)

Please ensure that you indicate on your application form that you wish to apply for scholarship funding.

Staying in Brighton and Hove

The City of Brighton and Hove gets very busy in May, and short-term accommodation can be hard to find and expensive.
Successful applicants to the STEPS Summer School will be provided with a list of reliable accommodation sources, including rooms to rent in houses let by trustworthy landlords, and budget guesthouses. It will be important for you to make your accommodation booking as soon as possible after you have been informed of the success of your application. Living costs in Brighton range from £30-£100 per day for accommodation, food and local travel.
Tea and coffee will be provided for Summer School participants during each day, and a picnic lunch will be provided at both walkshops, but other meals are not provided.

Who should apply?

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues. There is a premium on interdisciplinary approaches and on interests and orientations that converge with the work of the STEPS Centre. Numbers are limited, so recruitment will be by refereed selection. Participants will be required to pay a fee of GBP750.00, but a number of scholarships are available to applicants from non-OECD countries of birth.

The Summer School 2017 will take place from 15-26 May 2017 at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

Students are expected to attend the full course (10 days).

To find out more about the course, visit the STEPS Summer School webpage.


This application form will close at 5pm GMT on Sunday 29 January 2017. We hope to let you know whether or not your application has been successful by the end of February 2017.

Please note that we are not able to accept applications by email.

If you have problems completing this form, please contact the STEPS Centre Manager Ms Harriet Dudley:

For more information please click on "Further official information" below.

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