Application for the LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018

What is the LERU Doctoral Summer School?

The University of Zurich is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), an association of 23 leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research. Each year, LERU organizes a Doctoral Summer School on a specific topic. All member universities of LERU are invited to send one doctoral candidate to participate in the meeting.

Participation at the summer school is not only an academic enrichment for PhD candidates, but also gives them an opportunity to gain valuable international experiences and network with others. Last but not least, it is also a distinction for outstanding PhD candidates to represent UZH in this circle.   

General information

The LERU Doctoral Summer School lasts one week and is organized at one of the member universities of LERU. The Graduate Campus covers the participation fee (including accommodation) and travel expenses (Economy) of the selected UZH participants.

LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018: “The Global Society - The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle societal challenges"

The topic of the LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018 is “The Global Society - The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle societal challenges". The School is organized by KU Leuven, and will take place from 8-13 July 2018.  


You can find detailed information about the LERU Doctoral Summer School 2018 here (PDF, 50 KB).

Participant requirements

Candidates for the summer school should be well advanced in their doctoral project and keenly motivated to work on the topic of the summer school. Candidates must be available for the entire duration of the summer school, and must be prepared to participate in all activities. All sessions will be conducted in English, and therefore fluency in both spoken and written English is essential.


Please send your complete application in one single PDF file and in English no later than 15 February 2018 to Dr. Birte Lembke (E-mail).

Please include the following documents in your application:

  • Letter of motivation (see below)
  • CV
  • Title of your research project and name of your main supervisor(s)
  • Status of your dissertation project
  • Copy of your student card

Your letter of motivation should explain the following points: a) your interest for the topic of the summer school, b) what makes you a suitable representative of the University of Zurich.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.