New scholarships available for ECMI Summer School 2013

Hanna Vasilevich & Elena Dermatopoulou14 ECMI Summer School scholarships are now available for junior scholars and researchers, young leaders, and practitioners from the Caucasus, Balkans, and Eastern Europe.

The European Centre for Minority Issues‘ Summer School project, Raising awareness on border regions conflict dynamics, is made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The funding allows another 14 participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, fYRoM-Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova to take part in the project.

Deadline for applications: 21 July 2013

The project is carried out within the framework of the ECMI Summer School, taking place from 19-29 August 2013 in Flensburg, Germany.

ECMI Summer School 2012 at Glücksburg

Archive photo by Stéphanie Chouinard: ECMI Summer School 2012 at Glücksburg.

About the project

The project, Raising awareness on border regions conflict dynamics, is as part of the ECMI Summer School programme in 2013. The traditional Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions will thus address the issue of tensions and ethnic diversity management in border regions as a conflict resolution mechanism.

The focus will fall on exploring in a comparative perspective positive and negative examples of minority-majority relations throughout Europe as a model for addressing the challenges to democracy in the conflict sensitive regions as the Caucasus and Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

Highlighting the positive examples as a successful cooperation and conflict resolutions, and discussing the conflict dynamics in various border regions in Europe, the project will enable participants to exchange academic views and the practical experience from the field.

The 10-days training aims at updating the scientific discourse but also at inspiring practitioners and enhancing their capacities through the established cooperation network.

The project aims at inspiring, encouraging and empowering of the young and outstanding representatives of academia, media, the NGO sector, public officials, and professionals from the ethnically diverse and conflict sensitive regions – in Eastern and South Eastern Europe and in the Caucasus.

Participation at the Summer School will enable them to advance their academic knowledge on conflict resolution, ethnic diversity management and the border regions, will provide them with insight for analyzing challenges from a comparative perspective and will enable them to establish a platform for networking, knowledge and experience sharing.

ECMI headquarters and the ECMI regional offices in Kosovo and Georgia will further support participants in developing their research, activities and initiatives.

The project will involve seven participants from Eastern and South Eastern Europe and seven from the Caucasus region. The activities during the 10 day project will include:

  • 24 lectures of prominent scholars from 17 European institutions;
  • 2 workshops and movie screening on Conflict management and its further discussion;
  • 2 panel discussions with the local politicians in German-Danish border region;
  • 3 workshops and the presentations on conflict dynamics in their regions (real cases for brainstorming)
  • Social activities: introductory dinner and reception, trip to the island of Föhr, guided tour in Flensburg

The participants will be awarded a certificate at the diploma ceremony in Flensburg Mayor’s Office by the city president.

The requirements

The applicants should be:

  • Nationals of Eastern and South Eastern Europe and Caucasus region countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, BiH, Croatia, fYRoM-Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine;
  • Junior scholars and researchers, young leaders, practitioners from the public sector, NGOs, and media;
  • They should demonstrate strong background and interest related to the following topics: border regions, conflict management, conflict resolution, democracy building, diversity management, ethnic diversity and minority rights;
  • Fluent in English.

How to apply

The applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form (from the Summer School website)
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (explaining the reason for their interest to participate in the project, and how they will utilize and benefit from this experience in the future)
  • List of publications (for academic candidates/researchers/media representatives) and professional achievements (for practitioners)
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


The project is possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. All costs (accommodation, travel and participation fees) will be covered for the selected applicants.

Participants will be selected on the basis of:

  • Complete pack of application documents as described above
  • Country of origin and professional activities
  • Academic and professional achievements

Application deadline:  21 July 2013

For any further enquiries, please contact Ms. Tamari Bulia.


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