7-th Annual ECMI Summer School “National Minorities and Border Regions”

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Deadline:  15 May 2017

Eligibility: Students from relevant fields of study (MA and PhD students) and Practitioners from the public sector, NGOs, and media (internationally and especially from conflict   sensitive areas)

Costs-  EUR 250

Dates and Venue: 9-16 September 2017 in Flensburg, Germany


The ECMI will hold the seventh annual Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions (NMBR) between 9 and 17 September 2017. For the seventh consecutive time, academics and practitioners from the ECMI and partner organizations will gather in the heart of the Danish-German border region to deliver lectures and seminars, to share their expertise and exchange views and ideas with a group of international participants.

2017 is the German-Georgian Friendship Year, recognizing and celebrating the close political, economic and cultural ties that the two countries enjoy. The history of exchange and interaction between Georgia and Germany extends as far back as the history of the German minority in Georgia, to when Swabian farmers settled there two centuries ago.

As part of this Friendship Year, the European Centre for Minority Issues is bringing together academics, experts and practitioners from both Germany and Georgia in the German-Danish border region for the ECMI 2017 Summer School. Participants will gain a foundational academic perspective on the situations of minorities in both Georgia and the German-Danish border region, and will discuss and exchange experiences and practices of minority rights protection and recognition.

Other requirements:

The participants will include 20 junior scholars, researchers or practitioners of following professional background:

Students from relevant fields of study (MA and PhD students).

Practitioners from the public sector, NGOs, and media (internationally and especially from conflict   sensitive areas).


The tuition fee for the ECMI Summer School 2017 is EUR 250 and includes:

  • Access to all three components of the Summer School 2017 (E-learning, Training, Alumni Network)
  • All reading materials before and during the Summer School
  • Lunch and light refreshments for the six days of the Summer School, as well as dinner on two days
  • Participation in all additional Summer School activities (film screenings, social activities)
  • Support with bureaucratic matters during your visa application (if needed). Please note that visa fees will not be reimbursed.

The ECMI is currently negotiating scholarships to cover the tuition fee with the State Chancellory in Schleswig-Holstein for participants from Georgia and the Caucasus region. Travel costs, as well as visa and health insurance costs will not be reimbursed.

The ECMI is working on getting financial aid to support all participants fully or partially. You will be informed on relevant funding possibilities. At the same time, we recommend you apply for financial opportunities from your government, scholarship programs and sending institutions.


Applicants are required to submit a completed online application form (available on the ECMI homepage) which includes questions on general information (contact details, affiliation, practical and logistical information).

To finalize the submission of an application, applicants must also submit their detailed CV and a Letter of Motivation via email to summerschool@ecmi.de

Please note:

The letter of motivation should explain the reason for the applicant’s interest in participating in the course, and how they will utilize and benefit from this experience in the future

The application will not be considered for the selection process unless the required documents will be submitted via email

The selection will be made on the basis of academic and professional achievements, as well as expressed interest in the topic. Diversity in terms of professional background and country of origin will be encouraged.

More information HERE and HERE.

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