Guild Summer School 2020



Information will be circulated as soon as it is available.

University of Glasgow, 5th-11th July

Why Apply?

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities’ annual Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet PhD students from across Europe, from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Together, you’ll spend an intensive week reflecting, discussing, and building new skills.

The University of Glasgow will be hosting the 2020 Summer School. The theme for the week will be research communication, which encompasses important topics relevant not only to the PhD experience, but also to your future career plans.

We will cover:

  • Communicating research to diverse audiences/non-academic audiences
  • Communication within a multidisciplinary team
  • Communicating with external stakeholders
  • Communicating with the media
  • Communicating your expertise via your research profile

The summer school will give you an opportunity to both think about how these topics relate to your PhD and future career plans, and to discuss these topics with fellow researchers from institutions across Europe. While doing this, you’ll also be developing practical skills via group work, workshops, and a variety of experiential activities.

Putting the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout the week into practice, participants will work together in small teams to eventually produce a short video on an aspect of research communication, which will be available to all PhD students.

Rest and Relaxation
There’s also time to relax and see some of Scotland throughout the week, with activities including a trip to Edinburgh to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as well as a ceilidh. The University itself is situated in the West End of Glasgow, with easy access to the city centre, so you’ll get the chance to explore on your free evenings.

The number of participants is limited to 40.
PhD candidates from all areas of study are encouraged to apply.


Eligibility Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must be enrolled at a Guild Member institution.

The summer school will be conducted in English. As such, you must have strong listening, speaking, and writing skills in English.


Programme Fee

The programme fee (tuition, accommodation and activities) will be covered by your home institution. Included in the programme fee:

  • Accommodation (including breakfast) within a 10-minute walk to campus. 
  • 5 on-campus lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Transportation to cultural activities
  • Cultural activities (including a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and a visit to the Scottish Parliament)
  • Ceilidh

Not included in the programme fee:

  • Travel to and from Glasgow
  • Personal expenses
  • International Insurance (including Civil Liability Insurance)

Please check with your home institution whether they will be financing these additional costs.


Selection Procedure

The selection process will be internal to each institution. Your home university will have its own application process and internal deadline for submission of applications.

The University of Glasgow will receive the names of successful applicants from all universities by 15th April. At this time, we will contact you with welcome information.

The programme for this event can be viewed here: 
Guild Summer School Programme 2020


Application Process

The application will consist of a copy of your CV and a document answering the following three questions

  1. Please describe your research area in no more than 200 words.
  2. Please explain what you hope to gain from the summer school, where you plan to use what you will learn (e.g. specific examples of events or initiatives if appropriate) and how this is in line with your personal, professional and career development plans. (No more than 500 words).
  3. Please tell us what you bring to the summer school in terms of previous experience, skills or networks in no more than 300 words.

All applications should be sent to

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th March.