Call for COREnet PhD Summer School 2024 applications

Jan 26, 2024

The call for COST Action “Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity” (COREnet) PhD Summer School applications is now open!

The topic of the PhD Summer School 2024 is “Intersecting Gender, Religion and Migration in Contemporary Society”.

The globalized world, climate change and geopolitical realities create the social and political conditions for the increase of migration in contemporary societies which is influenced by sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation as well as religion and beliefs. Migration of vulnerable social groups requests state’s and other social institutions responses, among them is religion, too. On the one hand, religion provides networks and social support for migrating individuals and their groups. On the other hand, religion is one of the factors defining and creating boundaries concerning who is accepted or denied participation in the imagined community. Growing social diversity in the context of migration requires new theoretical and practical as well as interdisciplinary research approaches, explanations and guidance for political and social solutions for arising social problems. 

How and where do gender, religion and migration intersect and what theoretical and practical challenges this intersection brings will be discussed during this summer school from various disciplinary perspectives and will strive for discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, its benefits and pitfalls.

The COREnet PhD Summer School, in cooperation with CRIA – Centre for Research in Anthropology and Vytautas Magnus University, aims to provide early career researchers (PhDs and postdocs, and researchers up to 40 years old) with the opportunity to discuss the intersection of gender, religion and migration from various disciplinary approaches. The summer school will include the field trip to the Catholic Marian Apparition site in Fatima, which is a space where gender, religion, and migration intersect. This excursion will delve into the diverse participation of Christian and non-Christian populations in the pilgrimage routes to Marian Apparition shrines. 

The PhD Summer School also offers the students the opportunity to discuss, get feedback and further develop their own research projects within the framework of reflecting the intersection of gender, religion and migration.

The aim of the PhD Summer School is to discuss the intersection of gender, religion and migration from diverse research perspectives.

Participants of the PhD Summer school will receive a certificate of attendance 3 ECTS worth if they submit a five pages written critical reflection of their research project discussing the intersection of gender, religion and migration after the training till 31 October 2024. 

Organisers: COST Action COREnet, CRIA – Centre for Research in Anthropology and Vytautas Magnus University.

Date: 25 June – 28 June 2024.

Venue: Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campus de Campolide, 1099-085 Lisbon, Portugal.

Who can apply?

There will be a pre-selection of applicants with the aim of reaching background balance (e.g., balance of academic disciplines, gender balance, country and institutional spread).

Teachers and invited speakers (in alphabetical order):

Read more information about teachers here.


A preliminary programme is presented here.

How to apply?

To apply, please provide:

All applications should be submitted via email to no later than March 4, 2024. Successful applicants will be contacted directly by email by April 15, 2024.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


Eligible applicants can apply for reimbursement of travel expenses and a daily allowance of EUR 180 for each day of summer school after its end. Eligible applicants are researchers belonging to a COST country. A list of COST countries is here.

Each participant should arrange their travel and accommodation after receiving the acceptance email and the official e-COST invitation.

Number of applicants to be reimbursed: 19 (via COST).

Number of participants: 25 (including six local participants without reimbursement).



Watch our video about the COST Action COREnet PhD Summer School in 2023.



About COST

This activity is based upon work from COST Action “Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity” (COREnet) CA20107 supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career, and innovation.

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