Call for Applications to EERSS 2017

EERA, the Johannes Kepler University of Linz and Federal Institute for Education Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE) are pleased to announce the 2017 EERA Summer School which will take place from 10 - 14 July 2017.

Please find the Call for the EERA Summer School 2017: Methods and Methodology in Educational Research here.

The Summer School aims to:

  • open and promote a European research space for collaboration and networking between early career educational researchers
  • explore the opportunities and challenges available through different analysis approaches in educational research projects
  • provide insights into contemporary research topics, research questions and research methods.

Conducting educational research is both an art and a craft and in order to develop your sensibilities and skills you inevitably encounter data of some kind or another. Arguing for one (or more) approach/es to data, justifying your analytical framework and discussing critically relations between data and the other components of your research study are challenging aspects of any research project. Organisers of the 2017 EERA Summer School will create a space where doctoral and advanced students who are at the beginning or in early phases of their research work can learn, discuss and evaluate the ideas proposed by different methodological approaches within a stimulating international scholarly community.

The Summer School offers theoretical and empirical knowledge about methodological approaches in educational research, focuses on critical and reflexive accounts of actual research projects carried out by the presenters and involves active participation by students.

The aim of the ‘European Educational Research Association’ (EERA) is to further high quality educational research for the benefit of education and society. High quality research not only acknowledges its own context but also recognises wider, transnational contexts with their social, cultural and political similarities and differences. To accomplish this, engagement and support for the next generation of European researchers is essential. EERA season schools bring together early career researchers and PhD students from a number of nations to share and discuss their research and experiences with experts within their own field of research, in order to further the professional development of emerging researchers.

The Summer School will offer:

Morning sessions with stimulating lectures on various educational research topics with experienced professors as well as opportunities to discuss and develop your own research project in collaboration with other research students and experienced tutors, a varied and engaging social programme including a visit to the city of Salzburg.

The five day course will be a mixture of lectures, workshops and peer group discussions. Students will be advised and supervised by experienced researchers. ECT credits (3.0 with paper/1.5 without paper) can be awarded to interested students. For the 3.0 ECT credits, students are required write a paper (further information will be provided). Students applying for ECT credits will pay a fee of ca. 20,00 € to JKU.

Who can attend?

Applicants normally come from or study in EERA member countries. The applicants' theses must relate to educational research. The Summer School will be held in English. There is no tuition fee, but participants must cover their travel costs and make a contribution of 280,- € (students from High GDP countries in a double room) or 190,- € (students from Low GDP countries in a double room) respectively. For students who would like a single room the contribution is 325,-€. (high or low GDP countries). Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day, plus a welcome and a farewell dinner. Costs for other social activities (e.g. a visit to the Museum of the Future) will be covered by the Summer School organisation as well.

Please note that the crucial factor for the reduced Low-GDP fee is not the country of origin but the country of residence. You can find the list of Low-GDP countries here.

How to apply 

Starting November 24, people interested in attending the Summer School can register and apply through our conference management system:

You will first create a user account and then submit your application. In addition to a short description of your research question, your conceptual framework, your methodology, your expected outcomes and your references, you will be asked to upload a letter of endorsement from your supervisor and your CV. Deadline is March 1, 2017. 




Academic issues: Christoph Helm, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, email:

Organisational issues: Doretta Dow, EERA Office,

To submit your application:

Important Dates

Application period November 24 - March 1
Information on acceptance March 15, 2017
Registration/payment March 15 - April 15, 2017
Summer school July 10 -14, 2017


The Summer School will be held at the:

  • Johannes Kepler University, Linz
  • Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation & Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE), Salzburg.