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Course date
July 3–7, 2023
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The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.
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What does it mean to be a scholar committed to the pursuit of global justice through, for example, combatting climate change, rising economic inequality, and racial and gendered violence and domination?

This Summer School engages with the challenges of global injustice as it manifests across the Global North/South divide, and the role of the university in both addressing and reproducing these injustices. We will explore whether and how global injustices might be addressed through knowledges, traditions, and practices within and beyond the university.

Participants will explore:

  • What are the roles of universities and scholars in addressing global injustices? 
  • Can universities and scholars dismantle global patterns of coloniality, domination, and inequality that structure intellectual work, such as Northern-oriented research funding, valorisation of knowledge, and symbolic power? Or does their very existence necessarily serve to retrench these structures and modes of valuation? 
  • Can these structures be resisted or reversed – and if so, how, and under what conditions? 

The Summer School will bring together early-career social science scholars working in, trained in, or from the Global South, who are concerned with global justice. They will be joined by a diverse, interdisciplinary, and international team of 14 convenors from five continents.

Offering an innovative combination of pedagogical formats, this week-long programme aims to provide a platform for participants to critically reflect on navigating, reshaping, and reimagining a university for global justice. It will also build a network to support such endeavors through collaboration and critical engagement.

The programme will be delivered through plenary sessions and seminars on global justice, "Big Question" discussions on the role of the university, and collaborative clinics in which participants discuss their proposals to challenge the university's role in shaping global justice.

Target groups

Leading early-career scholars from multiple disciplinary locations (including anthropology, sociology, law, political science, international relations, history, economics, and other social science disciplines), working in, trained in, or from the Global South; who are concerned with global justice; and who hold a doctoral degree.

We particularly encourage applications from those who hold, or are transitioning into, their first faculty position, broadly understood.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English; thus, all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a virtual interview.

The course welcomes participants from the following discipline areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Political science
  • International relations
  • History
  • Economics
  • and other Social Science disciplines

Please read the following directions carefully. Below is the list of the documents you must submit to complete your Summer School application: 

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
  3. Letter of Motivation (max. 1,000 words)
    In the Letter of Motivation, please describe:
    • What you see the role of universities and scholars in the pursuit of global justice to be, and, from your experience, what you identify as the most important challenge to be overcome or opportunities to be seized that is related to this;
    • Why you want to participate in this course, including how you see it as relevant to your career in terms of teaching, research, or professional work; and
    • Other experiences or initiatives you have made or been part of that relate to the aims of the course.
    • At the end of your letter, please provide the name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a mentor, teacher, colleague, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your commitment, abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.  
  4. Proposal abstract, to discuss at “proposal clinics”
    Please upload an abstract of up to 1000 words setting out a syllabus, research project, grant application, academic paper, institutional collaboration, or some other project that you believe will advance global justice, broadly conceived.
    Participants in the program will submit a full draft of the document prior to the Summer School. These will be discussed at “proposal clinics”, with groups of six participants and a convenor. This eventual proposed project must:
    • Relate to the summer school theme: whether and how global injustices might be addressed through knowledges, traditions, and practices within and beyond the university.
    • Be sufficiently detailed to provide a basis for discussion. The length will vary depending on the type of submission, but please keep in mind the purpose of the proposal, and select something that you think could benefit from discussion and feedback, and that also sets out a clear goal for others to engage with.

      If you are uncertain whether a particular type of proposal would be suitable, please enquire with the summer school organizers. 
  5.  Personal Statement on Financial Aid 
    Our aim is to make the course free and to contribute towards travel costs for all participants. However, we are still working to secure funds, and may not be able to support everyone. Please note whether or not you or your institution would be able to cover any of the costs of your participation in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form). 

Optional attachments: 

You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size of 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed. 

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

We strongly advise the use of Google Chrome to enable the full functionality of the form.


  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select the ”Summer University” radio button from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.