MPC Summer School Call 2024 – don’t miss your chance to participate in the 20th Migration Summer School!

Join us for the 20th edition of the Migration Summer School. This annual course offers a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about international migration, asylum, and mobility to gather, learn, and collaborate.

Key Highlights:

  • Dates: June 24 to July 5, 2024
  • Location: European University Institute, Florence
  • Format: Daily seminars, plenary sessions, group exercises, and more (please follow #MPCSummerSchool for the most recent updates)
  • Global Focus: Explore eight substantive topics with expert speakers (please see full course description and format below)
  • Networking: Connect with postgraduates, civil servants, NGO representatives, and more

Why attend?

  • Enhance your understanding of migration-related issues
  • Collaborate with experts from various disciplines
  • Develop critical perspectives on global migration governance
  • Network with professionals from around the world

Who should apply?

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

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Strong professional background in international migration
  • Excellent English language skills (speaking and writing)
  • The availability to attend the entire 2-week programme


€2500 (inclusive of tuition, course materials, library access, wifi, social activities, lunches, and coffee breaks).


Seven scholarships covering fees, travel, and accommodation will be awarded to outstanding candidates applying from low-income and lower-middle-income economies and/or those who have lived experience with forced displacement (see criteria below).

Eight grants of €500 each will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of specific European countries (see full list below).


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:

Complete and submit the application form no later than 29 February 2024 (in case you have any questions, please write to

**Note: 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.


Scholarship and Grant information

Seven scholarships covering the course fee, travel, and accommodation will be funded by the School of Transnational Governance (EUI) on a merit basis.

Eight grants of €500 each to reduce the course fee will be funded by the EUI widening initiative on a merit basis.

Both scholarships and grants will be awarded to candidates according to the following criteria:

  • PhD students and PostDocs, 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.

Scholarship applicants must be from a country with a low or lower-middle-income economy or have lived experience with forced displacement.

Grants applicants must be citizens of one of the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Ukraine

Course Focus and Format

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

The Migration 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


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 Migration 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 provides a unique opportunity to take advantage of the unique 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.


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 with fellow participants on a key question to prepare a presentation for the closing plenary sessions.