Saturday, January 11, 2014

Call for Applications, Central European Summer University, Hungary (some scholarships available)

Welcome to Summer University (SUN), a very special postgraduate study-abroad program within Central European University (CEU).

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CEU is a graduate-level research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, public policy, and management. Located in Budapest, CEU is accredited in both the United States and Hungary. Its mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies worldwide.
While CEU's summer program is relatively young, it has evolved dynamically, emerging over the past 16 years as one of the most important programs for young social-science and humanities scholars in the region and beyond. SUN is highly international, with students from over 90 countries and faculty members from over 30 countries. With students from more than 100 countries overall, CEU offers a rare university environment in which no single nationality predominates and both academic and social activities involve a richly dense cross-section of nationalities.
SUN is a meeting place for academics and professionals eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Students are exposed to an immense diversity of countries, disciplines, and perspectives, and have the opportunity to discuss issues openly in an atmosphere of tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
While most of our participants are PhD students, we attract many others as well. These include postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers and other junior faculty; plus representatives of national and international organizations and ministries.
SUN faculty teams consist of CEU professors and leading scholars and experts from universities worldwide. Our instructors work collaboratively with students on a variety of complex social and scientific themes, applying both traditional and nontraditional methods.

Research-Intensive courses

7 July - 18 July, 2014
The course will examine two sets of questions. Some sessions will focus on various topics in applied philosophy. These will include some of the more well-known issues, e.g. abortion, punishment, neuroethics, population ethics, animal ethics, civil disobedience, ethics of war, and euthanasia, as well as some less well known topics in applied philosophy, e.g. applied epistemology. Other sessions will focus on the meta-question.
23 June - 3 July, 2014
The course fosters new approaches to the study of regionalisms in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Building on, but seeking to go beyond the European experience the course examines the rise of regions after World War II and the resurgence of the idea in and from the 1980s. It considers the different interpretations, values and expectations assigned to ‘region’, from regional free trade agreements to security communities to supra-national integrative projects.
30 June - 11 July, 2014
History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century with an unparalleled boom starting in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this boom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors.
7 July - 12 July, 2014
What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, peoples, classes, ideas?   Frontiers have become increasingly significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities.
17 July - 25 July, 2014
Both in philosophy and in everyday life, ethical questions often seem to be particularly difficult to answer: one’s confidence in the truth of one’s own position is often matched by the equal confidence of others with conflicting opinions. In many cases, we eventually seem to have to rely on certain basic intuitions on which we must base our ethical views. But could such basic intuitions be justified, and could we ever resolve disagreements about them?
In this course, we will examine important issues related to these themes.
23 June - 30 June, 2014
What makes humans moral beings? This question can be understood either as a proximate “how” question or as an ultimate “why” question. The “how” question, which is about the mental and social mechanisms that produce moral judgments has been investigated by psychologists and social scientists.
30 June - 6 July, 2014
This eight-day-long summer school is aimed at training graduate students and junior researchers at the outset of their careers to become the next generation of teachers and researchers within the broad field of Romany studies. It will contribute directly to building local and regional Roma Research Networks, aiming to use synergies and complementarities between European countries to raise the quality of research and policy preparation.

Policy and Training courses

6 July - 12 July, 2014
This intensive summer course is designed to help both researchers, activists and policy advocates gain new insights into the role civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet. Through the course, participants will also learn digital tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing their own online security and privacy, as well as that of activists and journalists.
The course will be organized with thematic sessions in the mornings and afternoon hands-on trainings and Internet Policy Lab.
7 July - 11 July, 2014
Though the latest outbreak in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) made tons of environmental data and technologies affordable and easily available for wide scientific and managerial communities, utilizing this great potential is still hindered by a number of factors.
14 July - 23 July, 2014
This course aims to explore the often tense intersection between drug policy and human rights. Taking place within the broader context of the UN drug control system, discussion will focus on the identification and understanding of relevant international human rights agreements and on the evaluation and assessment of the gap between rights and practice in the implementation of drug policies in many countries and regions.
23 June - 4 July, 2014
Trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.
This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development.
14 July - 18 July, 2014
The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically.
6 July - 11 July, 2014
Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the tenth year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity.
23 June - 27 June, 2014
This intensive  one-week course facilitates the exchange of ideas and cooperative projects among mediation scholars, practitioners, trainers, and students in the East and West. In addition to offering an introduction to mediation, the program provides a teaching and training template for mediation training for scholars and practitioners from around the world to adapt for use in their home countries.
10 May - 26 June, 2014
This Summer School builds on the outstanding methodological expertise available at CEU (departments of International Relations, Political Science, and Public Policy). The summer school offers a portfolio of courses, under the common rubric of ‘social science research methods’, which would be available either online or in a blended format (online module + face-to-face short course in Budapest). Application is encouraged from all over the world.
21 July - 25 July, 2014
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.


The tuition fees are listed below by courses. Take advantage of the reduced Early Bird Fee due by April 30, 2014 (see details below for course-specific rates). Please note that no early bird rates apply to the Social Science Research Methods and the Bridging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment courses.
550 / 500
  • Comparative Regionalisms
  • Constitution-building in Africa
  • Drug Policy and Human Rights
  • Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future
  • Mental Disability Law
300 / 270
  • Advocacy, Activism and the Internet: Communication Policy for Social Change
  • Luminosus Limes
  • Mediation Theory and Skills
  • Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms
  • Moral Epistemology
  • Social Theory and Romany Studies
  • Strategic Human Rights Litigation
250 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Bridging ICTs - Making Information Talk 
  • Bridging ICTs - Spatial Planninng 
600 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Social Science Research Methods (online only)
1000 / no early bird rate available for this course
  • Social Science Research Methods (online and 3-day face-to-face course in Budapest)
1200 / 1080 (If you are an academic (graduate student, faculty or researcher) or employed by a local non-profit organisation, you are eligible to pay a reduced fee of 800 EUR/720 EUR Early Bird fee)
  • SME and Social Enterprises - Doing Business with Integrity in Emerging Markets
  • Mainstreaming Integrity - Exploring the challenges and opportunities for institutionalising and mainstreaming integrity
  • Integrity Education: Teaching Integrity and Improving the Integrity of Higher Education
NA / NA (Due to their special funding scheme, the course below does not charge a tuition fee.)
  • Innovative Financing for Quality Education


The general principles for financial aid are summarized below; please visit the course web pages to see the course-specific financial aid policy which may be different.
Eligibility and guidelines for financial aid
  • Participants from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and Mongolia, as well as those coming from emerging countries worldwide can apply for financial aid in all categories listed above.
  • Participants from developed countries are expected to pay tuition fee. However, there are a limited number of tuition waivers available on a competitive basis. Those who wish to apply for a tuition waiver should submit a cover letter specifying their reasons via the online application form.
  • Participants are NOT eligible to receive financial aid if they attended two CEU funded Summer University courses within a four-year period.
Financial Aid Packages
Financial aid is available in the following categories:
  • tuition waiver
  • accommodation grant
  • travel grant (full or partial)
All packages include the following:
  • tuition of 24 contact hours per week
  • a certificate of attendance
  • ECTS credit points where applicable
  • access to course E-learning page (with readings, assignments, etc.)
  • access to CEU facilities (Library, IT services, and, if you are housed in CEU’s Residence Center a sports centre including the use of the indoor swimming pool, tennis courts)
  • some social and cultural events (welcome and farewell reception, outings, fieldtrips, film screenings, etc.)
Package Types
  1. Tuition Waiver
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived
    Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel, accommodation and living expenses
  2. Partial SUN Scholarship
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived and free accommodation in a double room
    Participant's contribution: health insurance, travel and living expenses
  3. Full SUN Scholarship
    Financial aid: tuition fee waived; free accommodation in a double room and a full or partial travel grant.
    Participant's contribution: health insurance and living expenses.The Full SUN Scholarship includes a full or partial travel grant which can be applied for on a competitive basis and will be available in a limited number. Visa costs and short domestic trips are not reimbursed. The citizens of the following countries are not eligible to apply for a travel grant: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the western part of Ukraine and qualify therefore for a Partial SUN Scholarship.

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