General Information

The Summer School for Women in Political Methodology is hosted by several female researchers from various Swiss Universities. The Summer School has the aim of establishing a European network of women working in political methodology and data science. In 2022, the Summer School will take place from 10-16 July 2022.

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 scientific research methods, in particular in Political Science. Every year, the Summer School offers a core program on computational methods that includes: Functions in R, Webscraping and Text 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, writing a piece of code, or analyzing (new) data.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Summer School is designed for PhD 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.

Where to apply?

The Call for Applications for the 2022 edition will open in early March 2022.

Places in the Summer School are limited, so the application is intended to determine if the program is a good fit for you. In 2022, there are up to 20 funded places available, of which 10 places are intended for external participants and 10 places are reserved for participants from Universities based in Switzerland.

What does it cost?

As a competitive fellowship, the Summer School is free of charge. The fellowship includes tuition, accommodation, lunch, and a conference dinner.


For any additional questions, you can contact us via E-mail. However, be aware that we do not maintain this e-mail address until the Call for Applications for the 2022 edition is published so we may take some time to respond:

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*The Summer School is open to all individuals who identify as women and non-binary applicants.