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GSSR Summer School 2022
September 5-10, 2022, Smardzewice, Poland

About the Summer School

The GSSR Summer School 2022 is designed for PhD students in Humanities and the Social Sciences to exchange knowledge, enhance their academic skills, and gain experience while forming social bonds with faculty and fellow students, which will benefit their academic and professional careers and personal lives. With the aim to provide best practices for, and address issues regarding doctoral research and careers after graduation, the practical theme of the GSSR Summer School 2022 was Grant Writing.

Grant Writing is the process of identifying, developing and submitting a proposal for funding (grant proposal) to public or private organizations operating in or outside academia. The result of successful grant writing is funding (i.e., the grant) awarded on competitive basis for achieving well-identified purposes. For doctoral students, winning a grant matters on many levels: it facilitates research, it conveys your strong level of scientific independence, thus enhancing your employability, and it brings recognition to the host institution, among others. The purpose of the GSSR Summer School 2022 was to strengthen your grant writing skills, taking into account disciplinary expectations for successful proposals.

Structure of the GSSR Summer School 2022

To enhance students’ academic skills, international experience and social networks, the Summer School 2022 combined (1) the workshop method (small group discussions) with (2) lectures and round-tables, (3) student presentations and (4) social events. The prevailing means of training was the workshop method – together with faculty, PhD students worked in small groups to address problems of grant writing (all participants, irrespective of year of study), dissertation research (year 1-3 students), and labor market transition after PhD (year 4 students).

Program of the GSSR Summer School 2022

Funding and organizational support for the GSSR Summer School 2022

International PhD student funding comes from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, NAWA (nawa.gov.pl), “International Scholarship Exchange of PhD Candidates and Academic Staff,” PROM, project (PPI/PRO/2019/1/00043/U/00001).

The GSSR Summer School 2022 is partially funded by Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju (NCBiR, gov.pl/web/ncbr) for the “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” programme administered by the Graduate School for Social Research (POWR.03.02.00-IP.08-I019/17). Additional financial support comes from IFiS Foundation.

Organizational support for the Summer School 2022 comes from the GSSR Summer School Planning Commission that includes Ewa Domaradzka (IP PAN), Adrianna Zabrzewska (IFiS PAN) and Marcin Serafin (IFiS PAN), GSSR administration, IFiS PAN (ifispan.edu.pl), and CONSIRT of The Ohio State University and the Polish Academy of Sciences (consirt.osu.edu).