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Seasoned Scholar Workshops

ECPR Joint Sessions 2020 Sciences Po Toulouse

Seasoned Scholar Workshops

Seasoned Scholar Workshops

We've designed two three-day methods workshops specifically for experienced scholars.

The next Workshops will take place at the 2020 Winter Methods School in Bamberg, from 14-15 February 2019. 

Choose from a Multi-Method Designs, Case-oriented and Comparative Methods workshop with Benoît Rihoux, or a Quantitative Methods workshop with Tamás Rudas.

Registration opens 1 October 2019


Who should take these workshops?

Experienced scholars who hold a PhD. You should have significant research experience beyond your PhD and / or be employed in a senior academic role.

Typical research methods needs / challenges you might face include:

  • writing up the methods section of a research project
  • choosing the appropriate method(s) for a funded project
  • arbitrating between methodological options
  • updating your knowledge of recent evolutions in methods applicable to your field
  • troubleshooting your own methods use
  • learning which methods experts to contact for what
  • getting advice on methods training for your team members
  • receiving feedback on a syllabus you are putting together
  • getting advice on methodological topics in existing syllabi.

We recognise that time is scarce for seasoned scholars like you. These workshops offer you a time-efficient formula to get tailored advice from senior methodologists and their dedicated assistants.

Workshop structure

Phase 1 – Input

In the months leading up to the Workshop, prospective participants email the Advisors with the core methodological questions / problems they face. The Advisors will develop and refine their Workshops accordingly.

Phase 2 – The Workshop: 15 hours over three days

The Advisor will organise each day’s schedule around participants’ needs. Workshops will contain no more than six participants. The Advisor will have at least three daily contact hours with the full group or sub-group.

The Workshop will involve group discussions / Q&A sessions around each participant’s personal projects, as well as discussions on overarching methodological issues.

There will be ample time for one-to-one meetings with the Advisor and his Teaching Assistant.

You can book at least one appointment with the Advisor of the parallel Seasoned Scholar Workshop (Qualitative or Quantitative), and you’ll have the chance to talk informally with other methods experts over dinner on the final day.

Workshop fees (based on 2019 fees)

€2,040 for those from ECPR Member institutions

€3,060 for non-Members

Catering included in the fee:

  • Lunch, drinks and snacks on all three days
  • Informal dinner on day 1
  • Informal dinner on day 3

Phase 3 – Additional guidance

In the three months following the Workshops, the Advisor and his TA will remain available for up to four Skype appointments per particpant. You are also welcome to email them for further guidance.


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