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July 8–12, 2024
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Application for this course is closed.
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The main aim of the summer course is to examine if, when, and how citizenship regimes are used by authoritarian and illiberal governments as a means of weakening the rights of undesired populations and to include targeted groups to strengthen the legitimacy and the power of the government. In addition to exploring citizenship politics and legislation in times of democratic decline, the course will also investigate the micro-politics of citizenship by looking into how individuals use, respond to, hijack, or ignore these policies. Such an approach springs from the need to address two main intellectual challenges, which are rooted in the relationship between democracy and citizenship.

Scholarship has long examined the construction of membership in democratic societies, often associating open and expansive citizenship with democracy, inclusion, and pluralism. Far less academic energy has been dedicated to the trajectories of citizenship policies in countries, which have become the site of growing illiberalism and democratic decline. By exploring citizenship policies at the time of democratic decline, the course will fill an important gap in citizenship studies scholarship.

The summer course brings together nine leading experts in citizenship studies representing cross-disciplinary perspectives (political science, political theory, international relations, sociology, legal studies) and different world regions including not only the Global North but also countries of the Global South.

Topics in the course will include:

  • Democratic theory and citizenship
  • Citizenship and challenges to democracy
  • Analysing linkages between citizenship and political regimes
  • The weaponization of citizenship from a perspective of international norms
  • Citizenship inclusion and exclusion of temporary migrants
  • Citizenship in and after war
  • Citizenship and contested state-building
  • Dual citizenship as a geopolitical instrument
  • Ethnocratic regimes and citizenship
  • Case studies in citizenship policy reforms in times of democratic decline
  • Comparative analysis of citizenship policy in autocratic regimes

Target Group
The course intends to bring together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, as well as junior faculty, researchers, and policy experts from the fields of political science, international relations, sociology, law, public policy, and political theory. We also accept 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. 

  • Political science
  • International relations
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Political theory

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 Research Interest (max. 1,000 words)
    In the Statement of Research Interest, please describe:
    - 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; 
    - Other experiences or initiatives you have made or been part of that relate to the aims of the course (including university courses you attended, ongoing scientific projects including thesis or dissertation research). 

    At the end of your statement, 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. 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.