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Application

Application deadline:
25 May 2022

Notice of acceptance:
1 June 2022

In order to submit your application, please fill in the online application form and upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae, in English, including a scan of the highest obtained degree, with translation in English (1 PDF file);
  • A statement of research and a research paper containing your own original research (1 Word file);

  • Optional: motivated request, cost estimate, a written statement from the university confirming that they are not able to fund travel expenses and a letter of recommendation from your university promotor in order to apply for a travel grant (1 PDF file).

Paper Guidelines

In order to complete the application for the UCSIA 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 & Economy’ (max. 1000 words). Moreover, we ask you to write a research paper (min. 4000, max. 8000 words including bibliography).

These documents will be anonymized for review by the organizing committee. During the summer course, the research paper will be your working document and will be circulated among the tutors and your fellow students for the purpose of the parallel paper sessions.

1 Word file – Times New Roman – 12 pt – spacing 1,5

  • Statement of Research
  1. Title of your research project
  2. Abstract (max. 250 words)
  3. Statement on how your research project relates to the topic of the UCSIA Summer School 2022 (max. 1000 words)
  • Research Paper

According to your particular research phase, this paper showcases your research objectives and analysis. If you are in the early stages of your PhD research (pre-fieldwork), the best way to present your research is in the form of a research proposal. If you are about to finish your doctoral research (post-fieldwork), you may present your research results in a research report. If you have completed your doctoral research (postdoc), you may present your research as a dissertation chapter or a pre-publish article. The guidelines per research phase are stated below.
Word count: min. 4000 – max. 8000 words, including bibliography.

Pre-fieldwork

If you are in the early stages of your PhD research (pre-fieldwork), the best way to present your research is in the form of a research proposal. The proposal should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Background
    You write a background study, situating your research project within the existing research/literature or within your own experience and/or observations. This includes a detailed literature review.
  • Aim
    What is the overall driving force of the research?
  • Objectives and research questions
    These are the means by which you intend to achieve the aims. What specific questions are you seeking to answer?
  • Methodology and methods
    This section includes a description of, and justification for, the chosen methodology and research methods. It should include details about samples, number of people to be contacted, method of data collection, method of data analysis, and ethical considerations.
  • Timetable + stage of research
    What timetable do you propose? In what stage are you now?
  • References and bibliography
Post-fieldwork

If you are about to finish your doctoral research, you may present your research results in a research report. The report should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract/summary
    This tends to be a one page summary of the research, its purpose, methods, main findings and conclusion. The content depends on the stage your research project is in.
  • Background
    You write a background study, situating your research project within the existing research/literature or within your own experience and/or observations.
  • Methodology and methods
    This section includes a description of, and justification for, the chosen methodology and research methods. It should include details about samples, number of people to be contacted, method of data collection, method of data analysis, and ethical considerations.
  • Findings/Analysis
    This section states your main findings, based upon the methodology you applied.
  • Conclusion
    Sum up your key points and draw conclusions, add recommendations if applicable to your type of research.
  • Discussion/further research
  • References and bibliography
Postdoc

If you have completed your doctoral research, you may present your research as a dissertation chapter or a pre-publish article, include the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract/summary
    This tends to be a one page summary of the research, its purpose, methods, main findings and conclusion. The content depends on the stage your research project is in.
  • Background
    You write a background study, situating your research project within the existing research/literature or within your own experience and/or observations.
  • Methodology and methods
    This section includes a description of, and justification for, the chosen methodology and research methods. It should include details about samples, number of people to be contacted, method of data collection, method of data analysis, and ethical considerations.
  • Findings/Analysis
    This section states your main findings, based upon the methodology you applied.
  • Conclusion
    Sum up your key points and draw conclusions, add recommendations if applicable to your type of research.
  • Discussion/further research
  • References and bibliography

Travel grant

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge, but participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp. 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 written statement from the university confirming that they are not able to fund travel expenses and a letter of recommendation by their university promotor by choosing the option ‘Apply for a travel grant’ on the submission form.

These documents should be uploaded as 1 PDF file in the application 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.

Application procedure

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should:

  • complete the submission form and upload the requested documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • have a good command of English;
  • be a doctoral student or a junior postdoctoral researcher (max. 2 years after the completion of the doctoral studies / graduated during or after 2020) engaged in relevant research;
  • have relevant (research) experience in the topic of the summer school.

Selection criteria

The selection committee considers:

  • The fulfillment of formal eligibility requirements;
  • A well written research paper related to the topic Religion, Mobility & Economy;
  • 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.

Selection

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 organizing committee, including UCSIA staff, scholars and researchers of the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven (see: organizing committee).

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

Address

UCSIA 
Prinsstraat 14 
B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium

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Online submission

Phone

+32(0)3 265 95 67

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