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Application file

Deadline call for papers:
to be announced

Notice of acceptance:
to be announced

To submit your application, fill in the online submission form and upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae, in English, and a scan of the highest obtained degree, with translation in English (PDF file).
  • A statement of research and a research paper (Please use the Word-template, download it here).

The completed application file must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later then: to be announced.

In preparation of the parallel paper sessions, the research papers will be made available to the tutors and your fellow students. Please keep these research papers confidential and avoid plagiarism.

Application procedure

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should:

  • have a good command of English.
  • be a doctoral student or junior postdoctoral researcher (max. 2 years after after the completion of the doctoral studies) engaged in relevant research.
  • have relevant (research) experience in the topic of the summer school.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection criteria

The selection committee considers:

  • The fulfillment of formal eligibility requirements.
  • A well written research paper related to the topic Religion, mobility & politics.
  • Academic qualifications.

The profile of the selected group of participants as a whole will be taken into account. The purpose is to select a group that is as complementary and multidisciplinary as possible.

Travel grant

A limited number of partial travel grants is available for participants who are unable to fund their own travel and are not eligible to apply for a travel grant in their host institutions.

These applicants should submit their motivated request and cost estimate  as well as a letter of recommendation by their university promoter by choosing the option “Apply for a travel grant” on the submission form.

These documents should be sent together with the submission form.

In review of the travel grant applications, the organizing committee considers the list of World Bank Country and Lending Groups. Applicants from an institution in a low income economy or a lower-middle income economy are eligible for a travel grant that covers maximum 50% of the total travel and visa expenses. Applicants from an institution in an upper middle-income economy or a high-income economy are eligible for a travel grant that covers maximum 30% of the total travel and visa expenses.


The selection of 24 participants will be made on a competitive basis. All research papers will be anonymized before review.

The applications will be reviewed by the selection committee, composed of scholars and researchers of the University of Antwerp (organizational committee).

Additional information may be requested from qualified candidates in order to ensure competitive assessment of the candidates.


Prinsstraat 14 
B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium


Online submission


+32(0)3 265 95 67

Paper Guidelines

To complete the application for the summer school, we invite you to summarize your research project (max. 250 words) and to motivate how your research topic is related to the summer school theme “Religion, mobility and politics” (max. 1000 words). Next to that, we ask you to write a research paper (min. 4000, max. 8000 words including bibliography). The research paper is primarily important for the selection committee. Furthermore, the paper will be distributed among the tutors and your fellow students in preparation of the parallel paper sessions.

Please use the Word-template, download it here.

  • Statement of Research
  1. Title
  2. Abstract (max. 250 words)
  3. Statement on how your research project relates to the topic of the UCSIA Summer School 2020 (max. 1000 words)
  • Research Paper

This paper showcases your original research materials and analysis.  In your paper, make sure to include your research objectives, an overview of the state of the field, your methodology, and your intellectual contribution.
Min. 4000 – max. 8000 words, including bibliography.


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