BIGSSS-CSS summer school, Netherlands, 2020

Academiegebouw Groningen NLThe BIGSSS-CSS Summer School on social cohesion takes place in July 6 – 17, 2020 at the Department of Sociology of the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

The summer school will serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of computational methods in the social sciences and developing a topical contribution to research about social cohesion. Eight teams of five people will be working on specific research projects. Each team will consist of three junior researchers (MA/Ph.D./early Postdoc) and two senior experts/supervisors, one with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the other with strong topical expertise in social cohesion or related fields. The goal is to train participating junior researchers in CSS methods and to give them hands-on expertise in a cutting-edge research project on social cohesion using CSS methods. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication. The resulting output may be published in an edited volume or the special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Women are especially encouraged to apply!

Learn more about the location, the summer school concept, the focus on social cohesion and CSS methods of the 2020 school, as well as check out our expert team and projects they offer by following the links below:

Location | Summer School concept | Social Cohesion and CSS methods | Experts | Projects

Accommodation and Board

All participants are offered accommodation in single rooms. The summer school includes half board.

Travel grants

Applicants may apply for a travel grant within the limits regulated by the Volkswagen Foundation. If your application is successful, you will get reimbursed for your travel expenses only after the summer school has ended and you have handed in all original receipts and tickets. Find a list of reimbursement caps here. You are only eligible for the travel grant if your home institution does not cover your travel expenses. If you apply for a travel grant, indicate this in the EasyChair application form and add a cover letter in which you explain your need for a travel grant briefly and give proof that your home institution does not cover your travel expenses.

Registration fee

We raise a registration fee of 250 Euro per participant. There is no application fee.

Eligibility criteria

There are no strict eligibility criteria. We recommend applicants to have finished at least their undergraduate studies (BA degree). However, PhD students are the main target group. Scholars further in their career (e.g. postdocs) are welcome to apply, too.


We will only accept applications via EasyChair here:

Please submit the following material in ONE pdf file by February 29, 2020:

  • A letter of motivation for participation (1 page max, this may include your preferences for projects to participate in and if reason for a travel grant application),
  • your CV (2 pages), and
  • potentially a proof that your home institution can not cover your travel expense.

Check the following links for instructions and questions:

Application Instructions for EasyChair | FAQ