Call for Applications: Social Cohesion in a World of Increasing Diversity › view all


Joint Summer School of BIGSSS and Bertelsmann Stiftung | June 25 - July 1, 2017

BIGSSS invites applications for its summer school on "Social Cohesion in a World of Increasing Diversity", taking place in Bremen from June 25 to July 1, 2017. The application deadline has been extended to March 8, 2017!

The summer school is a joint venture of BIGSSS and Bertelsmann Stiftung. It focuses on the interplay between social cohesion, on the one hand, and cultural, ethnic, and religious plurality, on the other, in times of societal transformations and increasing migration flows around the globe. Participants will have the opportunity to assess and discuss the impact of socio-structural, institutional, political as well as individual factors on social cohesion at different levels of societal organization. Next to the question as to what promotes social cohesion, the summer school pays equal attention to the importance of cohesion for the well-being of social entities and individuals both in the OECD World and the Global South in light of key indicators.

On the BIGSSS Summer School Program

The aim of the BIGSSS summer school program is to support early stage social scientists by opening a cross-border dialogue on theoretical questions and methodological approaches to current matters of social science research. Participants experience the stimulating scientific environment of a multidisciplinary international graduate school. In the past, BIGSSS summer schools have been co-funded by renowned partners such as the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Mercator Foundation.

What to expect in 2017

The seven-day program of the summer school on “Social Cohesion” will consists of:

  • presentations by international experts
  • discussion of conceptual and methodological issues
  • presentations and discussion of participants‘ own projects

Daily sessions will be supervised by renowned international scholars who will also participate in the program (confirmed: Jan Delhey, Jan Germen Janmaat, Peter Schmidt, Claire Wallace). Thus participants will experience a stimulating scientific environment providing them with the opportunity to closely discuss and work with a multidisciplinary international and Bremen faculty as well as other MA and PhD students working on similar issues.

Application Requirements

The summer school is targeted at MA and early PhD students from universities around the world with a social science background who work on questions closely related to topics of social cohesion. Applicants must have experience with advanced quantitative methods. However, applicants who have this experience are welcome to also apply with project sketches that encompass qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.

The application deadline is March 8, 2017. For guidelines on application requirements and for information on funding and terms and conditions of participation, please visit our summer school website.