DAAD/ABI Freiburg Contested Governance Summer School 2020 for Graduate Students from Developing Countries (Fully Funded to Freiburg,Germany)

Application Deadline:1 March 2020, 23:59 CET.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the InCountry / In-Region Programme.

Every year, the DAAD awards more than 1,000 BMZ-funded scholarships to junior researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia
and South Asia to help finance their Master or PhD programmes in their home country or region. The programme aims to enable trained professionals to address and deal with diverse societal, economic and ecological issues in developing countries. A further objective is to sustainably improve the teaching and research conditions in the partner regions and to strengthen their higher education profile

As an additional offer for scholarship holders of the In-Country / In-Region Programme, the DAAD cooperates with German universities in organising a range of summer schools in Germany. These four-week measures give the students and young researchers an opportunity to take part in a high-class academic training in a selected subject area, meet and exchange with peers from across the world, and make their own, unique experiences of the German society, culture and history.

Eligibility criteria & provisions
The “Contested Governance” Summer School is exclusively offered to current DAAD InCountry/In-Region scholarship holders (Master or PhD students) in countries of the Global South who have a primary qualification (at least a Bachelor’s degree) in political sciences or other social sciences. The maximum number of participants in this summer school is 28.

In order to apply, you have to be an active scholarship holder of the DAAD’s In-Country / InRegion scholarship programme, as of 1 January 2020 (if your scholarship expires before or starts after that date, participation is not possible).

Applicants have to provide proof of their English proficiency, as the language of
communication in all summer schools will be English. If you are not sure about your level of fluency and/or the suitability of your documents, please contact the coordinators at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (contact details on the last page of this call for applications).

Kindly note that applying for and attending one of the summer schools must not compromise your regular study programme commitments or duration. This should be considered especially by those applicants that have reached the final year of their scholarship. Attending a summer school will not be accepted as justification for extension of your current In-Country/ In-Region scholarship.

The summer school will be held at the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute in the beautiful city of Freiburg. Located in south-west Germany, Freiburg is the “entrance gate” to the famous Black Forest and only a stone’s throw from France and Switzerland.

A typical student town with 220.000 inhabitants and an international atmosphere, Freiburg will provide a warm welcome to the participants of the summer school.

Housing and subsistence

Summer school participants will be accommodated in single rooms with shared
bathroom/kitchen facilities in student dorms of Freiburg University, located just a few tram stops from the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute. Free public transportation tickets will be provided.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually to be arranged individually by each participant, though there will be daily allowances to cover food-related costs during the summer school. While breakfast and dinner can be prepared easily in the student dorm kitchens, there are several options for light lunches in the vicinity of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, such as bakeries, supermarkets, and small restaurants.

While the excursion to Strasbourg will be a daytrip from Freiburg without overnight stay, participants will stay in shared rooms in centrally located hostels during the excursions to Bonn and Frankfurt.


Participants will receive the following:
Ø All course-related fees
Ø Travel expenses (economy class) from the international airport of the participant’s home country to Freiburg and back (via Frankfurt Rhein-Main International Airport)
Ø Provision of accommodation:
o 1-20 Sep. 2020: Self-catered single room apartments in student dorms of the University of Freiburg with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities
o 20-22 Sep. 2020: Shared rooms in a centrally located hostel in Bonn.
o 22-27 Sep. 2020: Shared rooms in a centrally located hostel in Frankfurt.
Ø Full emergency health insurance and accident insurance (for 1-30 September 2020)
Ø Free public transportation in Freiburg and surroundings as well as in Bonn and Frankfurt
Ø Registration fee for VAD conference
Ø Daily allowances to cover food-related subsistence expenses; tea/coffee breaks are provided throughout the course.
Please note that any additional expenses (for instance mailing costs for German visa
applications, local travel to international airport, etc.) cannot be refunded.

Participants will arrive in Freiburg on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 (via Frankfurt Rhein-Main International Airport, FRA), the departure date is Sunday, 27 September 2020 from Frankfurt.

The programme of the summer school will begin on Wednesday, 2 September 2020, in the morning, and end on Saturday, 26 September 2020, in the afternoon.

Application procedure
Interested students who fulfil the eligibility criteria (see p. 2) should upload their application documents [consisting of (a) an updated CV, (b) a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages), (c) a recommendation letter from a university professor and (d) a transcript of hitherto study achievements (grades)] on the summer school website www.freiburg-summerschool.de until 1 March 2020, 23:59 CET.

Any application submitted after this due date as well as incomplete submissions will not be considered. Pre-selection of short-listed candidates will be based on academic merit and the suitability of the candidate’s study specialisation to the overall summer school programme.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for a personal selection talk via Skype of ca. 15 minutes on 18-20 March 2020 (exact date upon individual agreement).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DAAD/ABI Freiburg Contested Governance Summer School 2020


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