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Amsterdam - 2018

ISTR PhD Seminar

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 8 - 10, 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Call for Applications

ISTR is pleased to announce the fourth ISTR PhD Seminar preceding the 13th International
Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in July 2018. The ISTR PhD Seminar is a recurring
event that takes place bi-annually in conjunction with the international conference.

The ISTR PhD Seminar is open to all doctoral students in the field of third sector and civil society
research, across the different regions in the world, and at all stages of their doctoral research. The aim
of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to receive extensive intellectual
and methodological advice on their doctoral research, to introduce them to main theories and
developments in the field, to reflect upon publication and career strategies, and to provide
a unique opportunity to network with junior and senior scholars within the international
ISTR research community.

More specifically, the seminar will consist of both plenary sessions with presentations by leading
scholars in the field, and parallel group sessions in which the participants have the opportunity to
present and discuss their doctoral research with peers, junior and senior faculty. Participants will be
grouped thematically, but the group composition will be heterogeneous in terms of concrete research
topics, disciplinary background, research stage, method, and regional affiliation.

The seminar is limited to a group of (up to) 50 doctoral students. Applicants must be members of
ISTR and register and attend the conference. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the
conference (see the call here:  The ISTR PhD Seminar will start
with an afternoon session followed by an informal dinner on Sunday afternoon, July 8, 2018.  
Plenary and group sessions will take place on Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10
(in the morning). Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday July 8.

ISTR will cover two nights of accommodation (Sunday July 8 and Monday July 9) as well as
coffee breaks and meals during the Seminar.

ISTR will not cover or refund travel costs.  Efforts are under way to secure travel subsidies for
a limited number of participants. ISTR will offer conference registration subsidies and discounted
registration conference fees (applications will be accepted for these in February 2018).. Please check
back for updates.


Eligibility and selection criteria

To be eligible for participation, applicants should be:

-          Enrolled as a doctoral student [all stages of the doctoral research are allowed]

-          Working in the field of third sector and civil society research [all academic disciplines are

-           A member of ISTR for 2018/19 and register and attend the 2018 conference
(immediately following the PhD seminar)

-          Able to participate in the entire PhD Seminar from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday around
noon as well as the conference from Tuesday to Friday

-          Be prepared to present and discuss their doctoral work with peers and faculty, and to
participate in an active and constructive way in group discussions

-          (ISTR 2017 membership is not required for application submission)

Application process

Interested students should send their application directly to email: 
c/o  ISTR PhD Seminar 2018 by September 29, 2017. 

All applications must include the following information:

-          Full name and gender

-          Contact details (including e-mail and phone number)

-          Disciplinary background

-          Institutional affiliation and name(s) of the supervisor(s)

-          Working title of PhD project and formal start/end dates

-          Indication of the stage of your research

-          Abstract of PhD research (min. 500 – max. 800 words)

o   The abstract must include research questions, theoretical framework, methods, and
results if already applicable

-          Letter from the faculty advisor providing information about the quality of the candidate
as well as specific information about how participation in the PhD seminar would benefit their
doctoral studies

-          A brief description (100-150 words) of your motivation to participate in the ISTR PhD

-          Questions you would like to be discussed at the seminar

-          Keywords


ISTR will consider all applications that meet the eligibility criteria. In line with ISTR’s mission
to build a global community of scholars and subscribe to the values of diversity and pluralism,
participants in the ISTR PhD Seminar will be representative in terms of gender and region,
as well as disciplines and stages in the PhD process.

For further inquiries, please contact the ISTR Secretariat (

Selected applicants will be notified by November 3, 2017.

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