CfA: Join the ECMI Summer School 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine

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Summer Program
August 29, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Eastern Europe History / Studies, Human Rights, Nationalism History / Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

The European Centre for MInority Issues calls for applications for the Summer School 2016 on "The European Minority Rights and Minority Protection Regime", which will take place on 29 August – 4 September 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine. Deadline: 15 May 2016.

After 5 years of successful “National Minorities and Border Regions” Summer Schools and 5 years of conducting the MA-level Minority Regime Seminar hosted by the Europa Universität Flensburg, ECMI decided to launch in partnership with the Ukrainian Catholic University an intensive training programme in minority issues in Lviv, Ukraine, between 29 August and 4 September 2016.

The one week course will provide the participants with thorough knowledge of minority issues covering a variety of topics – from the history of minority rights and international law to political participation and non-discrimination issues. Prominent scholars from diverse European institutions, ECMI researchers and experienced practitioners will deliver lectures and seminars, and share their expertise and exchange views and ideas with a group of international participants.

Aims and objectives

The intensive multi-disciplinary training course aims to provide in-depth knowledge and robust skills on the basis of which the participants would develop an informed understanding of minority issues in the 21st century. Minority issues are examined from the perspectives of political science, law, political theory, political sociology, history, and cultural studies. Through reading and discussion of key texts, the Seminar seeks to familiarize participants with critical methods of analysis relevant for the discussion of minority issues in Europe.

Target group

ECMI aims to select a total number of 35 junior scholars, researchers or practitioners, having the following professional background:

  • Students from relevant fields of studies (MA and PhD students)
  • Practitioners from the public sector, NGOs, mass-media

Structure of the Course

  • The course will include lectures and interactive seminars within five thematic modules:
  • Legal Framework,
  • Ethnic Conflict & Nationalism,
  • Politics & Minority Rights,
  • Minorities & Border Regions,
  • Diversity & Culture.

The Summer School will include three components

  • Preparatory e-learning via online platforms,
  • Residential events in Lviv,
  • and Alumni follow-up.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit a completed Online Application Form, which includes:

  • General information (contact details, affiliation, practical and logistical information),
  • Contact details (names, affiliations, addresses, emails and phone numbers) of two referees.

Upon submission of the Online Application form, the applicants are requested to send the following documents to, stating “Application for Summer School 2016” in the Subject line:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation explaining the reason for their interest to participate in the course, and how they will utilize and benefit from this experience in the future
  • A brief abstract demonstrating the applicant’s interest in one of the specific topics of the Summer School 2016. The abstract must not exceed 500 words.

The selection will be performed on the basis of academic and professional achievements, as well as expressed interest in the topic. Diversity of the group in terms of professional background, gender, and country of origin will be an important factor in the selection process.

Deadline for applications: 15 May 2016!


The tuition fee for the ECMI Summer School 2016 is EUR 350 and includes:

  • Access to all three components of the Summer School 2016 (E-learning, Training, Alumni Network)
  • All reading materials
  • Participation in all additional Summer School activities (film screenings, social activities).

ECMI has negotiated reduced rates for accommodation and meals close to the summer school venue. Participants are responsible for organising their own travel.

ECMI is seeking funding that would enable us to provide participants with a full or partial scholarship, to be offered preferentially to participants from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. In case of available funds, applicants from other countries might also be considered for partial financial assistance. Further information concerning scholarships will be made available in the near future. Meanwhile, we recommend you apply for financial support from your government, relevant scholarship programmes, and sending institutions.

More information concerning the Summer School is available here: 

The Call for Applications is available here:

Follow this link for the online application:

Contact Info: 

Dr MIndaugas Kuklys, ECMI Senior Research Associate; Dr Andreea Carstocea, ECMI Senior Research Associate

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