Overall, Summer School fellows have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the programme.

Here is what some of them have had to say about how they benefited from the fellowship:


One of the biggest strengths is that the Summer School brings together (young) scholars from different disciplines to work together on a wide range of methodological topics. The ideas exchange between all the participants and lecturers was amazing and inspiring. – 2019 fellow

I learned new techniques and methods in a positive, comfortable and friendly environment. All the professors were really good, didactic and worried about passing their knowledge in a useful and understandable way. The materials used (slides, R scripts, packages) were super good. I will continue to use them in the future to continue to develop the methods I learned this week. – 2019 fellow

Firstly, this school gave me quite a unique opportunity to learn methods which I did not have a chance to learn before. And, it did so in a very safe space. Secondly, it gave me a lot of confidence in terms of my abilities of comprehending computational methods. Third, it has enriched my academic network invaluably, which, as it seems now, will be long-lasting and also active. Last but not least, it was very helpful to have an input from and also a chance of a casual conversation with experienced female scholars. – 2019 fellow

I have personally benefited in many ways: I met like-minded people, learned new things, made progress with my project, received (and gave) careers and technical advice, and became part of a network of women in political methodology. It was one of the most amazing programmes I have participated in! – 2018 fellow

The nice and collaborative atmosphere, sharing common experiences as women working with quantitative methods, high-level training, motivating each other. – 2018 fellow

Gained new knowledge, made new connections, widened horizon, learned about potential career paths and pitfalls, received concrete advise on getting a job in academia. – 2018 fellow

The summer school has been wonderful. The courses were accessible, yet challenging and I learned a great deal. I feel that the connections that I have made have been wonderful and I am happy to be a part of this broader network of female political scientists. – 2017 fellow

In several ways: first, I could realize my project, second I gained new knowledge and a starting point in methods I did not know before, third this it was a very encouraging atmosphere with great participants, fourth due to this atmosphere I felt encouraged to ask questions that I did not ask before in methods classes. Finally: being taught by and getting help from the experts in the field. – 2017 fellow

Practical knowledge in terms of coding, a better understanding of the underlying logic of different R packages, meeting with peers and team building (the atmosphere in the group was very inclusive and positive). – 2017 fellow

I really liked that participants were only women, and women in different stages of their career (students, PhD-students, post-docs, professors). It was interesting and encouraging to share experiences with other females doing/teaching methods. What I also appreciated was the opportunity to see more senior female researchers in methodology, how different they were and how differently they achieved their success – also to have a larger variation in picking a (female) role model. – 2017 fellow