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Summer School of the Standing Group on Political Communication

3 – 7 July 2023, University of Amsterdam

Our Standing Group on Political Communication successfully introduced its very first Summer School in the vibrant city of Amsterdam in July 2023, welcoming over 20 participants to the event.

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Presented by our Standing Group on Political Communication, this brand-new Summer School inspired and encouraged the next generation of scholars to pursue their academic goals. Scholars were equipped with essential insights, skills, and critical thinking on their journey to completing their PhD and beyond.

The programme covered theoretical challenges, methodological opportunities, research design considerations, and societal impact in connection with implementing ground-breaking political communication research. The Summer School offered a practical toolbox of essential skills and competencies that are useful both within and outside academia.

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The Summer School welcomes applications from PhD candidates who employ various theoretical and methodological approaches in their doctoral dissertations.

Please note that the programme tends to focus more on deductive compared to inductive approaches as well as quantitative than qualitative methods.

Submit the following via this form by midnight UK time on Friday 24 March 2023:

1. Motivation letter (one page):

  • explaining your reasons for participating;
  • outlining what you hope to achieve as a result of your participation and how this will help your PhD progress;
  • providing a description of the current progress (stage) of your PhD.

2. Long abstract (approx. 750 words)
This abstract should be of the chapter or article from your PhD thesis that you would like to present at the Summer School. For first-year PhD students, this can be an abstract of the PhD project as a whole. 

3. Your CV
Please also indicate the start date and the expected end date of your PhD studies.

4. Fee waiver statement (if applicable)
If you would like to be considered for a fee waiver, please indicate this in a short statement, clearly explaining the reasons.

Partial or incomplete applications will not be processed. Late applications will not be accepted.

You will be informed about the outcome of your application by email by late April.

Each application will be evaluated by the organising team against the criteria outlined below. 

The organising team will also take into account criteria for ensuring diversity and will actively pursue inclusiveness.

Proposal strength

The better developed the paper proposal, both in terms of theory and research design, the higher the score on this criterion. PhD candidates with better developed proposals are given preference, as they will be more likely to make direct use of the insights gained from lectures. If participants have no clear idea of what they intend to research, the Summer School is less likely to add value to their PhD track. 

Proposal methodology

Proposals that require methods covered in the Summer School (experiments, comparative designs, computational and automated data collections for the 2023 edition) will be given preference over proposals that do not require any such methods. 

Candidate profile

Candidates with an MA in either political science or communication science are given preference over other backgrounds, as this increases the chance they will have received adequate training in social science research methods. Moreover, candidates that are in the early years of their PhD (years 1/2) are given preference over candidates in the later stages of their PhD track. 

Fees and funding

The participation fee is €300, which includes event registration, lunch each day, all coffee breaks, one dinner and a welcome reception.

You will be required to arrange and pay for your own accommodation and subsistence.

Two fee waivers are available for applicants who are otherwise unable to obtain funding for their participation. 


The confirmed instructors for the Summer School are:

  • Claes de Vreese University of Amsterdam 
  • Sophie Lecheler University of Vienna
  • Bert Bakker University of Amsterdam
  • Ana Ines Langer University of Glasgow
  • Jakob Ohme Free University Berlin
  • Aleksandra Urman University of Zurich
  • Peter Van Aelst University of Antwerp

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