Summer Institution on Addiction in Amsterdam

The Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction is a two week summer programme, which focuses on the study of addiction across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team. The programme is developed in close cooperation with ZonMw, The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development.

Deadline: 15/04/2010
Open to: students and professionals


Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries.Addiction is not a new problem, but few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Moreover the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of addicts. Questions like these will be addressed in the Summer Institute on Addiction.

This two week Institute seeks to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The course will focus on policy models, prevention, evidenced based treatment, and how they intersect. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.There is a dire need for exchange of empirical knowledge and theoretical insights into evidence based treatment in the international sector. The Summer Institute seeks to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the study of addiction and to promote opportunities for international networking among participants.In this Summer Institute professionals, graduate, and postgraduate students will:

  • gain knowledge and insight in the different policy models
  • gain knowledge and insight in evidence based treatment strategies
  • will have been updated on the latest research developments in different disciplines
  • gain insight into theories and concepts as they have been developed in the field of addiction studies
  • gain insight into a multi disciplinary approach to various topics in the field of addiction studies
  • gain knowledge of and insight into the complexity of (social) problems associated with addiction treatment

More information about the programme can be found here.


The Institute welcomes individuals with a focused interest in addiction research and treatment, Master’s and PhD students, NGO staff working on addiction-related issues, professionals in human services, practitioners, advocates and participants in other International School programmes.

Preference will be given to students based on the following criteria:

  • graduate students enrolled
  • post-graduate students who embarked on a PhD trajectory
  • professionals who are working or want to work with the government, NGOs, or otherwise in a field related to the topic of the Summer Institute
  • policy makers

Students are accepted on the basis of:

  1. their previous qualifications
  2. their knowledge of English
  3. an essay on their motivation
  4. a letter of reference

The Admissions Committee will take into account the coherence, feasibility or relevance of the student’s career objectives and proposed programme of study, as well as excellence in prior academic accomplishment, especially in coursework and experience related to the Summer Institute.

Students can obtain 6 European Credits according to the European Credit (EC) System.


The tuition fee for non-credit students is € 1300 and for credit students is € 1600. The tuition fee has to be paid in full before June 10, 2010.

The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam or housing.

For a fellowship you can apply here.


The deadline for applications is April 15, 2010.

The application fee is € 45. Follow the instructions on the application form.

Return this application form to:
Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction
Prins Hendrikkade 189
B1011 TD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
For further information, click here.

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