Q: What are the accommodation options?
Both in Stockholm and Gdansk is provided accommodation in shared rooms.
On the ferry boat from Gdansk to Sweden will be participants divided into cabins with 2-4 berths.
Q: Can I choose different accommodation options, e.g. a single room?
This is possible in individual cases and is subject to availability. This option is not included in the fee.
Q: How far is the accommodation from Södertörn University/University of Gdansk.
Stockholm: In a 5-10 minutes walking distance from the University.
Gdansk: It is about 20 minutes by inexpensive public transport.
Q: Can my partner/friend join me on my trip and stay with me?
Stockholm: This option is possible only after the summer university has finished. If you wish like to prolong your stay in Stockholm and enjoy Midsummer External link, opens in new window., please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Gdansk: Yes, for additional fee.
Application process and rules
Q: How do I apply?
You must apply via the online application form.
Q: Where do I apply?
Please see above.
Q: What is the application deadline?
We will announce it on this site later this year.
Q: What do I need to upload? In what format?
You must provide two documents:
- A short CV (max. 1 page) and description of your PhD project, research interests and motivation for taking the course (500 words).
- Proof of studies (confirmation of enrolment on PhD studies confirmed by your university)
The documents can be uploaded in a Word or PDF format.
Q: Can I apply without immediately providing the documents?
Yes, you may fill in your application first and upload the documents later. However, the documents must be uploaded by the application deadline.
Q: Can I submit my application/documents via email?
No, the only way to apply and/or submit documents is through the application portal.
Q: I am a student in the last year of my Master's degree and would like to participate in the Summer University. Is this possible?
ReNEW Summer University 2020 is for doctoral students, so you must already have a Master´s degree to be eligible to apply.
Visa and other documentation
Q: Can you help me with a visa application?
First, please consult: https://www.sh.se/english/sodertorn-university/meet-sodertorn-university/internationalisation/welcome-to-sweden
Those selected for the course will be contacted with more information about invitation letters after application deadline.
Scholarships and fees
Q: How much does the course cost?
The subsidised course fee is SEK 5500.
Q: Are travel costs to and from ReNEW Summer University 2020 included in the scholarship?
No, participants cover the travel costs to and from the Summer University.
Q: When do I pay the fee?
Those selected for the course will be contacted with more information about payment after application deadline.
Q: What is included in the fee?
Academic programme and experience at universities in two countries, accommodation in Gdansk and Stockholm and on the ferry from Gdansk to Sweden (shared rooms), refreshments during the course, noon and evening social activities, including some meals, boat tickets.
Q: How can I pay the fee?
It is possible to pay by credit card.
Q: If I live in Stockholm/Gdansk, do I still need to pay same fee even though I do not need the accommodation?
Yes, living with other participants at the Summer University is part of the experience and one of the key elements of the Summer University.
Q: Can you purchase my flight tickets?
Unfortunately, we are not able to do this.
Q:What kind of course and outline does it have?
The course is built around lectures, seminars, and excursions. It includes group work and the discussion of draft papers written by the participant.
Q: Where can I find the programme?
The programme is currently being updated and will soon be published on this webpage.
Q: Do you have syllabuses from earlier summer schools and summer universities.
Yes. Files are available at the bottom of this webpage.
Q: What are the learning objectives?
On completing this course, participants will have enhanced their skills in applying comparative methods and deepened their knowledge of collective identities and identity politics in both historical and contemporary perspectives, with a focus on Scandinavia, the Baltic Sea region, and eastern central Europe. They will have trained their ability to discuss research literature and their own and their peers’ contributions in an international arena, as well as writing a research paper. They will have enhanced their understanding of how different academic disciplines tackle issues of mutual concern, and trained their respect for perspectives from a multitude of backgrounds.
Q: What is course format and teaching methods?
The course is built around lectures, seminars, and excursions. It includes group work and the discussion of papers written by the participants. There will be a reading list with literature that is to be read in advance of the course (approx. 25 articles or chapters).
Excursions: both in Gdansk and Stockholm. Details will be provided later.
Q: What is the course grading?
Grading: Pass/Fail. It is based on class participation (50%), course paper (25%) and learning diary (25%).
Q: What is the course reading?
This is will be published in the later stage.
Q: Are there any non-educational activities included in Gdansk/Stockholm?
Yes, there will be guided tours both in Gdansk and Stockholm and also some other activities.
Q: Will I have any free time?
The schedule for summer university includes time for your own activities.