PhD Summer School

Call: Online as of now, as part of the overall conference Call For Papers. The PhD Summer School is at the very end of the document. We kindly ask you to apply only if you accept these terms of conditions and are prepared to follow the guidelines and deadlines.

Date: 29-30 August 2021

Focus: The primary focus of the Summer School will be on the preparation of an article for publication and it will include a session of questions and answers with the editors of the two ESA journals. Moreover, the Summer School will focus on career planning and development and provide peer mentoring and networking opportunities with other European doctoral students.

The Summer School’s instructors are the members of the ESA Executive committee: Lígia Ferro (Portugal), Apostolos G. Papadopoulos (Greece), Dilek Cindoglu (Turkey) and Milica Antić Gaber (Slovenia); ESA President Marta Soler Gallart, and editors of the two ESA journals (European Societies and European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology) will also be part of the Summer School.

Number of places: around 26 PhD students (with 4 on the waiting list) will be selected to attend the Summer School.

Funding: Funds will be provided for 3 nights’ accommodation (28-31 August 2021) and meals in Barcelona. Up to 300 Euro will be available to each student towards their travel costs.

Eligibility: Students registered for a PhD in Sociology or allied discipline in a European University.  Students must be ESA member or become ESA member before the Summer School.

Guidelines for applications: Please submit an abstract of your paper (250 words) and a short CV (max. 3 pages) by March 1st 2021, via the ESA ConfTool 2021.

  • CV should have the following:
    • Your Full Name
    • Academic affiliation (department, university)
    • Country (where registered for PhD)
    • Year of study (for PhD)
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Name, institutional affiliation, and email address of your primary supervisor
  • Abstract should contain the following topics:
    • Title of paper
    • Keywords (provide up to 4)
    • The research questions
    • Theoretical framework
    • Methodology
    • Preliminary findings or conclusions
    • The novel contribution and significance of your research

All applications must be submitted through ConfTool 2021. When submitting via ConfTool, choose "summer school" as track, and then, within the e-form you will be asked to choose the ESA Research Network in which you would like to present at the main ESA 2021 conference, in case your paper is good but not selected for the Summer School. 

Evaluations will be based on the:

  1. relevance and strength of your research question,
  2. theoretical engagement,
  3. methodological approach and the
  4. scholarly contribution to sociological knowledge.

Selection: Participants will be selected following a peer-review process and on the basis of scientific excellence of their proposed abstract, but a fair balance between different regions of Europe and areas of sociology will also be considered. The selected participants will be announced by April 22nd, 2021. NEW DATE: April 29th, 2021.

If you are selected you will be required to submit a manuscript of a full paper (about 7,000 words, including references) by June 20th 2021 to the Summer School‘s organizers: esasummerschool[at] This is essential in order to make sure that participants get the most of this workshop; papers will be circulated in advance and allocated to peer discussants.

Venue: Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain

Coordinator: Prof. Dilek Cindoglu, Turkey

Post-graduate committee:

  • Milica Antic Gaber
  • Dilek Cindoglu
  • Lígia Ferro
  • Gerben Moerman
  • Apostolos Papadopoulos

IMPORTANT: if you submit a paper for the summer school, you can also present a second paper as "co-author" (not presenter/author) at the main conference. Here, the general rule of submission applies, where a participant can only be author to one contribution and co-author to another one.

You can have a look at all previous ESA PhD Summer Schools here