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July 22–27, 2024
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Application for this course is closed.
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The climate crisis requires changes to the major systems that cause climate change (energy and agriculture) and those that need to adapt (agriculture and water). Changes to these three different systems are essential for ensuring resiliency and adaptability for communities, countries, and regions. Because of the complexity of each of these topics, research, and education usually focus on a subset within each of these systems. This course provides a larger picture of the challenges within and between the systems.  

The aim is to educate a group of leaders who can prompt others to think of the interconnections and facilitate change in their everyday work.  The course takes a global focus by drawing on expert instructors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The classroom discussions will be global and regional in scope, covering examples from a diverse set of countries and regions. Some central features of this course are: 

  • Playing the global Nexus Game, Ghada Amin, Regional Technical Advisor Middle East North Africa MENA Dialogue, German Agency for International Cooperation GmbH 
  • Acting on political priorities in Africa, Feliz Mulhovo, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change 
  • Reforming the EU’s Single Energy Market, Alberto Pototschnig, former ACER director 
  • Energy communities and a just energy transition, Rachel Guyet, Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE, Nice, France), and CERI-Sciences Po, Dijon, France 
  • The fragility of food systems, Tim Betton, Chatham House  

 The aim of the course is to equip emerging leaders with knowledge and experience to assist in framing the interlinked challenges for a more sustainable energy and agricultural transition. The target audience is emerging leaders in policy, NGOs, and business. This includes academia, think tanks, policy research centers, non-governmental organizations focused on social and environmental issues, and energy and agricultural businesses. Course content will inform the work of actors and activists in alternative food and energy networks, supplementing their knowledge of transition movements with an in-depth analysis of the nexus between agriculture, water, and energy systems.    

 Key topics are: energy relations; resiliency and crisis; food and fuel security; leadership and availability; future of energy; energy risks and transformations; international relations and energy transformations; and geopolitics.  

The course intends to bring together a mixture of young and advanced scholars in established fields of energy and food. In addition, mid-level analysts and managers of firms and policy think tanks which are adjusting to higher energy and food prices and shortages.   

The course will include interactive discussions, group assignments, consultation sessions, podcast recording, and field trips. 

Target Group: 

 We invite applications from young and advanced scholars in established fields of energy and food, mid-level analysts, and managers of firms and policy think tanks. Applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest will also be considered.   


As a prerequisite for the course, participants need to demonstrate previous knowledge and experience in the international energy and food sectors. A strong research, policy, or business background with at least five years of experience is suggested.  

Applicants need to write a one-page (400 words) Statement of Purpose of why this summer school is relevant for them and how they could apply the learning. Students will need to do course readings before coming to the summer school. 

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. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview. 

The course will focus on the following discipline areas:

  • Political Geography
  • Geopolitics
  • Political Economy
  • Human Geography
  • International Relations 

"Having participated in similar short courses elsewhere, I can confidently say that "Repowering Leadership in European Energy and Food" stands out as the best among them. The academic quality was exceptional, with well-structured content and experienced instructors. The course's organization was seamless, providing ample opportunities for active learning and engagement." 

"The course "Repowering Leadership in European Energy and Food" was highly useful as it equipped me with valuable knowledge and skills relevant to the energy and food sectors. I learned about sustainable practices, innovative technologies, and leadership strategies tailored to the European context." 

"The course has helped me in my work through valuable interactions with both the faculty and my peers. Consultations with the knowledgeable faculty provided deeper insights into specific topics, while engaging with peers allowed for diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, enhancing my ability to address work-related challenges effectively. " 

Please read the following directions carefully.  

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission: 

1. Completed Online SUN Application Form (see notes below) 

2. Full Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a List of Publications, if any 

Please upload your Curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. 

3. Statement of Purpose (max.1 page)  

In the Statement of purpose, please describe why the course is relevant for you and how you could apply the learning,  Please list relevant courses or experiences where the course knowledge could have been helpful. 

4. Personal Statement on Financial Aid 

Those who are eligible and wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons 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 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed. 

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • 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.