Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology

Deadline: 16 March 2018
Open to: current and future PhD students, as well as postdocs and junior scholars
Venue: 1-8 July 2018 in Zürich, Switzerland


The Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology is a fellowship program hosted by the Department of Political Science (IPZ) of the University of Zurich (UZH) with the aim of establishing a European network of women working in political methodology and data science. In 2018, the Summer School will take place on 1-8 July.

During the 7-day program, the Summer School seeks to promote technical skills, provide mentorship, and encourage networking and peer support for women working with quantitative social science research methods, in particular in Political Science.

Every year, the Summer School offers a core program on computational methods that include: Functions in R, Scraping, Simulations, Advanced Graphics, and Text Analysis. In 2018, the Summer School will also offer a course on Social Network Analysis.

The final day of the Summer School is always dedicated to a supervised Hackathon during which fellows have the opportunity to brainstorm, develop, and be mentored on a project of their choice. This might include a data visualization project, simulations, writing a piece of code, analyzing (new) data, or building a professional website.


  • The Summer School is designed for current and future Ph.D. students, as well as postdocs and junior scholars who identify as women* and who work in the field of Political Science or related disciplines.
  • Participation in the Summer School requires some prior statistical knowledge, as well as basic R skills (If you are not familiar with R yet, you can check (free) online courses that will help you get up to speed.


  • As a competitive fellowship, the Summer School is free of charge.
  • The fellowship includes tuition, accommodation, transportation, lunch and a conference dinner. This is possible thanks to a generous GRC grant from the University of Zurich’s Graduate Research Campus and additional funding from the IPZ.

The fellowship covers:

  • Full tuition costs for the summer school courses;
  • Travel reimbursements up to around EUR 215.72;
  • Accommodation for the duration of the summer school. External participants will either be accommodated in private housing by staying with Zurich-based participants, or share rooms of two with other external participants at a local guesthouse/hostel;
  • A conference dinner;
  • Lunch, as well as coffee breaks on all days of the summer school

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application.

For more information, please visit the official web page.