MPC Summer School Call 2023 – don’t miss your chance to participate in the 19th Migration Summer School!


The 19th Migration Summer School will provide an opportunity for participants to be able to learn about recent trends in research on the transnational governance of international migration, asylum and mobility.

To achieve its objectives, high-level scientific expertise will be blended with extensive scope for participants to discuss their own ideas and to develop an enhanced perspective on their own professional and career development.

The Summer School will follow a problem-oriented approach to encourage critical engagement. Participants will be supported by extensive background material, debates, group work, individual drop-in sessions with tutors plus sessions during which participants can present their own projects. 

The Summer School will have a global focus, addressing the following eight substantive topics through the inputs of professors and researchers from the Migration Policy Centre supplemented by distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Migration drivers
  • Migration impacts
  • Migration governance
  • Migration attitudes
  • Irregular migration
  • Labour migration
  • Citizenship and integration
  • Asylum and refugee protection

The Summer School provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of the research facilities of the European University Institute (including the Library) and to network with an enriching mix of postgraduate students, civil servants, officials at international organisations, representatives from NGOs and other civil society organisations, journalists, policy analysts, and teachers from around the world. You can follow the updates on Twitter with the hashtag #MPCSummerSchool .


A key objective of the Summer School is to create a collaborative experience for all participants. The combined insights from political, economic, sociological, legal, anthropological, and practice-based approaches to the study of migration will provide participants with a deeper understanding of one of the most complex and multifaceted phenomena affecting governments and society across the globe. The teaching format blends the following activities:

  • Daily seminars with emphasis on Q&A sessions and group exercises
  • Pre-recorded content, including lectures, interviews, background videos etc.
  • Plenary sessions with high profile speakers
  • Individual and group-based assignments
  • Panels for participants to present their own research/professional projects
  • Drop-in sessions for individual consultation with teaching staff
  • A certificate of participation

Over the course of the 10 days, we anticipate around 60 hours of contact supported by a variety of background materials. The course materials comprise a combination of readings, case studies, problem-based exercises, short clips. All materials will be uploaded online in advance of the beginning of the Summer School. We will provide time for reading and preparing for the different sessions during the Summer School. This will allow for self-paced work, as well as facilitate active exchanges between participants and lecturers throughout the course.

In addition, participants will be divided into small working groups. These groups will meet regularly during the summer school to work on a key question to prepare a presentation for the closing plenary sessions.


The 19th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 26 June and Friday 7 July 2023. Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 25 June and leave on Saturday 8 July 2023.


Successful applications to the Summer School will satisfy the following criteria:

  • A relevant Master’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • A strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
  • An excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
  • The availability to attend the entire teaching sessions of the programme.

Researchers, civil servants, journalists, teachers, and professionals from intergovernmental and governmental agencies working in migration-related areas are encouraged to apply.


The fee is €2000 and includes: all tuition fees, all course materials, access to the EUI library, wifi access at the EUI, social activities, lunches and coffee breaks on lecture days, local transportation.
The costs of accommodation will be covered by the participants. The MPC secretariat will support the selected candidates in finding the accommodation.


Seven scholarships will be funded by the School of Transnational Governance (EUI) on a merit basis. Scholarships will cover the fees, travel and accommodation and they will be awarded to outstanding candidates applying from low-income and lower-middle-income economies in Africa and Asia according to the following criteria:

  • PhD students or early career academics, early- or mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, media and non-governmental organisations), able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere;
  • Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues related to migration either through registration on a PhD programme or through demonstration of substantial relevant career experience;
  • Self-motivated, able to present a clear explanation of why and how the applicant will benefit from participation in the summer school;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

Applicants may only submit one application, either for a full-paying place or for a scholarship place. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions.


All participants (excluding participants who are awarded a scholarship) are kindly requested to organise and cover expenses for their travel to and from Florence, as well as their local transportation in Florence.

How to apply

The deadline for applications was 27 February 2023 – we no longer accept any further submission. Sign up for our newsletter to be informed about next year’s Migration Summer School.