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Summer School on Interest Group Politics

29 June – 7 July 2023

University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus

Applications now open
Submit yours here by midnight UK time on Monday 1 May.

Our Standing Group on Interest Groups is delighted to be bringing its 13th Summer School to Reading, UK in June 2023.


Organised annually by our Standing Group on Interest Groups, this Summer School brings together leading scholars in the fields of interest group policies and civil society to deliver an accredited intensive course on the core aspects of interest group research.

The seven-day programme comprises methods sessions and interactive research discussions, offering a unique opportunity to learn about political advocacy and lobbying research while taking advantage of myriad networking opportunities with peers and leading scholars.

The Summer School is limited to just 24 students, so make sure to submit your application early!

What's in it for you
  • Get the tools necessary to embark on academic research in interest group politics
  • Acquire analytical skills for studying interest group activities
  • Present research and get feedback from internationally renowned scholars in the field
  • Earn 6 ECTS credits*

*To gain credits, you must participate in all sessions, complete class assignments and present your research paper.

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The Summer School is open to all students enrolled in a PhD programme and advanced MA students with a keen interest in interest groups research.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a research paper by 12 noon UK time on Friday 2 June 2023 which will then be presented at the Summer School as part of the discussion sessions.

English is the working language of the Summer School and all attendees are expected to have a good command of written and spoken English.

To apply, submit the following via this form by midnight UK time on Monday 1 May 2023:

  1. Your resume/CV in English
  2. statement explaining how your research fits the scope of the Summer School (max 300 words)
  3. An abstract of the Paper you plan to present at the Summer School (max 200 words)

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 in early May.

Fees and funding

The registration fee for the Summer School is £220 (excluding accommodation) which covers:

  • One-week educational programme
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Course materials
  • Two social events

Participants have the option to book 9 nights of self-catered accommodation in a shared townhouse at a discounted rate. Find out more here.

Please note that your registration is not confirmed until your application has been accepted by the Summer School coordinator and your payment received in full.

Funding is available for students who require support with participation costs. One full (£220) and four partial (£110) fee waivers are available on a competitive basis.

To apply, submit the following via the the Event Participant Funding page by Monday 1 May 2023:

  1. A motivation application statement indicating:
    • Why you are a good candidate for the funding
    • What you plan to do with the knowledge you'll gain
  2. A letter to confirm you are not in receipt of any other funding for the event
  3. Proof of student status


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