Seasonal schools for PhDs sponsored by ESREA

Besides the well-established research networks and triennial conferences, ESREA now supports another important resource for doctoral students as well as for member institutions: seasonal schools for PhDs supported by student bursaries from ESREA.
Only seasonal schools that are clear expressions of ESREA’s academic and social traditions, hence devoted to the development of research in adult education and learning to the highest international level, and by good academic quality and organization, can be sponsored.

Proposing schools for sponsorship

Member institutions are invited to propose seasonal schools to the Steering Committee, twice a year:
  • January 30 (for summer schools)
  • August 31 (for winter schools)

Evaluation criteria

Each proposal for a seasonal school for PhDs received by the Steering Committee by the deadline will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Content

  • Focus on adult education and learning research;
  • Substantial doctoral education activity;
  • Expression of ESREA’s academic and social traditions.

2. Organization
  • At least 2 ESREA member institutions from at least 2 countries;
  • Co-organization of the seasonal school;
  • International profile of the involved supervisors;
  • Coherence with the culture of ESREA (linguistic, cultural and methodological diversity, cooperation, adult learning as a conceptual basis in the design of activities).

Approved schools

If a seasonal schools is approved for ESREA sponsorship:
  • the Secretariat will list below, and send out communication about it, and distribute a number of bursaries to students attending the seasonal school, who have no other institutional funding;
  • the organizing institutions will be academically responsible for the programme of the seasonal school and must be able to carry its cost (infrastructure, organization, teaching staff etc.), so that participants are only charged for meals, travel and accommodation.
  • The bursaries should be used to cover parts of the costs for travel expenditures and/or accommodation during the seasonal school. The amount and number of bursaries will vary in relation to the number of applicants.To be eligible to apply the student needs to be a member (individual or covered by an institutional membership) of ESREA, and the student need to have submitted a paper or poster proposal. Applications are made directly to the network convenors.

Forthcoming approved schools

Second Klagenfurt Research Retreat (KRR), on Adult Education and Transformation: Mapping Possibilities and Embracing Complexity.

Date: May 13-17, 2024

Place: Klagenfurt, Austria

Deadline for applications: January 14, 2024

More information: KRR 2024 Homepage

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