Summer Schools and Maritime Universities

SPI contributes to the cost related to the participation to summer schools and maritime universities in order to enable advanced master and doctoral students to acquire field experience.

The summer/field schools and maritime universities have to relate to themes and disciplines relevant for or associated with Polar regions.

Participants should benefit from high quality teaching, enhance their field experience and benefit from new opportunities arising from an enlarged network of international contacts.

Eligible programmes

On a yearly basis, the SPI Secretariat, together with the STAB and the Scientific director of the institute, defines a list of eligible programmes. List of eligible summers schools.

Exceptionally, the SPI can approve the participation to other programmes if the suggested programme fills an existing thematic or disciplinary gap and does not compete with an already selected course. In such a case, the following criteria would be applied:

  1. Polar relevance
  2. International reputation
  3. Thematic and disciplinary complementarity
  4. Existence of a credible and competitive selection process of the participants

How to benefit from SPI support?

Students have to apply for the programme through the regular process set up by the organiser of the summer school or maritime university. In parallel, they have to contact the SPI Secretariat and inform it about their application. If their application is accepted by the organisers, a grant agreement has to be signed between SPI and the participant.

SPI Contribution

Grantees need to submit a budget breakdown detailing the costs of participating to the programme in order to justify the grant. Eligible costs are subscription fees and travel costs (lodging, transport, visas, …).

The maximum granted amount per candidate should not exceed 1500.- CHF in total.

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