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We encourage Exeter students and staff to take advantage of the myriad opportunities to study, teach and engage in research cooperation with partners in the VIU network. These pages contain detailed descriptions of the various activities taking place. They also go into detail about specific programmes, the funding and support on offer, and when and how to apply.

To discuss any of these opportunities in more detail please contact Stuart Westhead (s.westhead@exeter.ac.uk). Undergraduate students interested in the Globalisation Programme can contact the Global Opportunities Outbound team (outbound@exeter.ac.uk)


Graduate Activities

PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers are invited to apply to take part in…

International PhD Academies: The PhD Academies take an interdisciplinary approach, enabling participants to meet their peers from all over the world and collaborate to tackle some transversal topics. In order to help PhD candidates develop a scientific vision of these global issues, VIU bring together specialists on the issues from academia, the socio-economic world and local government to share different points of view, using science to address problems facing the world today, where transnational and global solutions will have a higher probability of success.

The Academies are organised over one week and provide PhD candidates with training in a range of skills that will be useful in developing their research and academic careers. At least 30% of the programme is on the development of Transversal Skills. For each programme, a tailored selection of sessions are provided, which may include: 

    • Project Management and Financing
    • The Value of Networking
    • Science and Money
    • Communicating your Science
    • Ethics in Science; Job Search Skills

Upcoming PhD Academies:

International PhD Academy

April 19-23, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – January 15, 2021 via the VIU website


The concept of ‘people’ has been a feeding ground for social sciences, public debates, and political processes since the 19th century and today has again emerged as the core of the discourse of recent populist movements. However, the outlines of its definition are not distinct but rather blurred and involve a broad semantic range that overlaps and intersects with the notions of state, country, nationalism, culture, ethnicity, group, language, minority, and identity. This International PhD Academy addresses this ambiguous concept, both in its (mis)uses in the political arena, and as a scientific label adopted to comprehend the riddle of collective identities.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers in Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Philosophy, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, and International Human Rights Law.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Download the brochure:  What is a People 

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Global Challenges Initiative

April 26-30, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – January 20, 2021 via the VIU website


The production of new plastic products since the Second World War revolutionized in a positive way all fields of human activities: medicine, aerospace, transport, health, and everyday life. However, single-use plastics account for 40 percent of the plastic produced every year. Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. Plastic materials can have serious downsides for the environment and health. The goal of this PhD Academy is to facilitate learning, discussion, and the exchange of ideas to address the challenging issues in Plastic Pollution and how science is working to solve this problem.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-doc, and young researchers in Natural sciences & Technology, or any other discipline related to Material Science.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – January 20, 2021

Download the brochure:  Plastic Pollution and Bioplastic Materials 

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

International PhD Academy

September 20-24, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – May 15, 2021 via the VIU website


The academic community is becoming more and more competitive and besides the content specific to each discipline, there are some common general procedures. How should a research project be presented? What happens when a paper is submitted to a journal? The aim of this PhD Academy is to train young researchers in the practice of research activities, as well as to introduce them to their peers from other disciplines and to the challenges of the world outside academia.

Suitable for: PhD students, Post-docs, and young researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – May 15, 2021

Download the brochure:  Everything you always wanted to know 

Visit the VIU webpage for more information


Master's and PhD students are invited to apply to take part in…

Graduate Seminars: VIU Graduate Seminars are thematic, intensive seminars, on a focused topic, approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. The seminars are driven by interdepartmental cooperation, and aim to give rise to medium-term and long-term projects involving the participating departments.

Upcoming Graduate Seminars:

 

VIU PhD Academy

May 3-7, 2021

Call for applications:  Currently closed


This PhD Academy aims at giving a broad overview of modern optics and its applications (i.e. photonics) in various fields involving the exploration of matter, the design of original devices involving light (e.g. imaging and medical set-ups, optical communications) and their applications in analytical sciences (e.g. microscopy, spectroscopies), healthcare, manufacture and arts. The course will concentrate on the transversality of the issues addressed and emphasize how the various perspectives to use light have enhanced creativity and innovation of the design of new devices based on light-matter interaction and have contributed to a better understanding of the physical phenomena underlying these effects.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers in sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, health sciences, art and architecture, archaeology.


Applications:  A new call for applications may open on December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  Light: Its Nature and Its Use

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Global Challenges Initiative

May 24-28, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – February 10, 2021 via the VIU website


This Graduate Seminar will explore the complexities of protest and social movements and how the range of social activism reflects the profound polarization of politics and ideology in many countries. Understanding mobilization demands attention to the forces of history, economics, and emotion at work, as well as to the forms of expression and identity that develop in the course of mobilizing. Special attention will be paid towards how cultural forms like art, dance, video and film, and language itself may give voice to new visions.

Suitable for: Master and early PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with special relevance among others for Anthropology, History of Art, Visual Studies, Dance, Development Studies, History, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, and Women's studies.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – February 10, 2021

Download the brochure:  Activism and Social Movements 

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

 

International PhD Academy

June 7-11, 2021

Call for applications:  Currently closed


Our planet is suffering dramatic urgencies, exacerbated by climate change. Excess and lack of water largely impact urban life in our cities and territories. Floodings and droughts are among the main causes of social tension, migrations among continents, desertification and hydrogeological risks, loss in food production, inadequate waste treatment Cities use too much water and too quickly for nature to keep up, and there is an urgent need to radically rethink the role of water in cities. Reducing consumption and better use of water is not enough under the pressure of climate change. Water is largely mismanaged: the preservation of aquifers and the extension of the lifecycle of water for entire cities is necessary.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers in Urban Design, Urban Studies, Urban planning, Geography, Sociology, Economics, History of cities and water, Environmental Science and Engineering.


Applications:  A new call for applications may open on December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  Cities and Water in a Time of Climate Change

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Global Challenges Initiative

July 12-16, 2021

Call for applications:  Currently closed


The aim of this graduate seminar is to provide the students with a comprehensive overview of carbon capture and utilization strategies with regard to their current stage of development and implementation, focusing on scientific and technological aspects, but also environmental, social and economic sustainability issues. The program will examine technologies for separating CO2 from different types of sources such as flue gas, biogas and air, and for producing products such as chemicals, fuels (also bio-derived) and construction materials.

Suitable for: Master’s students and young researchers early in their PhD in the following fields: engineering – in particular chemical, civil, environmental, mechanical, materials; chemistry; biology; environmental science; earth science.


Applications:  A new call for applications may open on December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  Climate Change Mitigation 

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

International PhD Academy

October 2021 (TBD)

Call for applications:  Currently closed


Quantitative empirical legal studies represent a new growing sub-discipline of social sciences that benefits from the data revolution. Clusters of quantitative legal scholarship exist in the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, Israel, UK, Czech Republic and Brazil. The Academy will be focused on the use of quantitative methods in legal studies. Participants will represent various countries with different legal traditions and jurisdictions, but all of them can benefit from the application of empirical methods to discover the legal reality.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-docs and young researchers in Law and Social Sciences.


Applications:  A new call for applications may open on December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  TBC

Visit the VIU webpage for more information


Undergraduate, Masters, PhD’s, post-doc’s and young academics are invited to apply to take part in…

Summer/Autumn/Winter Schools: These intensive taught programs focus on specific themes, of common interest to the members and considered strategic for the VIU consortium.  Example themes include… sustainable development, preservation of cultural heritage, and the challenges that society faces today due to ageing populations.

World-renowned academics come together in the unique setting of VIU’s campus on the island of San Servolo, where they engage with students of various levels.

The goal of these interdisciplinary schools is to disseminate knowledge among students (undergrad, master’s, PhD, post-doc) and young academics, and to establish and reinforce research networks among the VIU community.

Students from VIU member universities typically benefit from reduced fees but are still asked to pay towards tuition, course materials, social events and travel expenses. VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.

PhD candidates and post-docs from universities in EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the Global Opportunities Office in at Exeter for information about the calls for applications for funding. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications. Contact VIU Erasmus office: erasmus@univiu.org 

Upcoming Schools:

VIU/LIVES Winter School

March 8-12, 2021

Call for applications:  October 20, 2020 - January 31, 2021 via the VIU website


During an intensive one-week program, the participants will work on various fields of Life Course research through a multidisciplinary approach, with a particular focus on vulnerability across the life course. The School will focus in particular on training the participants in the drafting of research projects or journal articles as a fundamental aspect of the academic career they are approaching.

Suitable for: PhD students and postdoc researchers in Psychology, Sociology, Social Psychology, Life-span Psychology, Social Demography and Social Policy, Statistics, and Socioeconomics.


Applications:  October 20, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Download the brochure:  VIU LIVES Life Course and Vulnerabilities

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

June 7-11, 2021 (8th edition)

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – February 28, 2021 via the VIU website


In 2021 the Summer Institute on Ageing will reach its 8th edition. The Summer Institute provides students and early-career researchers with a multidisciplinary and rigorous understanding of the ageing process, ranging from some basic notions of the medical and epidemiological literature to an extensive treatment of economics and of the sociological dimensions. A special focus is the use of large micro-data sets, such as SHARE (Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe) and sister surveys (HRS, ELSA, CHARLS).

Suitable for: Graduates, PhD students, and post-doc scholars in economics, statistics, social sciences, and medicine, but also professionals in the pharmaceutical and ageing care industries.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – February 28, 2021

Download the brochure:  ‌TBC

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

 

VIU Summer School

June 14-18, 2021 (5th Edition)

Call for applications:  Currently closed


In its fifth edition, the summer school aims at the development of ideas that promote a more sustainable future by bringing together young scholars from all over the world to discuss their ideas on the Grand Transition of our society from the microlevel of individual decisionmaking to the organizational and the societal level. Our society is facing a legitimacy crisis. The accelerating ecological crisis, the growing gap between the rich and the poor as well as the systemic risks provoked by disconnected financial markets make it necessary to profoundly rethink our routines of production and consumption. While there is a growing awareness for the importance and urgency of radical change, deep processes of transformation usually face numerous institutional and psychological barriers that have to be overcome.

Suitable for: PhD students, post-doc scholars, and young researchers in Management, Strategy, Organization Theory, Finance, Economic Sociology, and related disciplines from universities worldwide.


Applications:  A new call for applications may open on December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  After Capitalism

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

June 28 – July 3, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 7, 2021 via the VIU website


The program develops an original comprehensive approach, bringing into focus the need for synergic engagement among policy-makers, planners, and private and public actors in transport, logistics, and supply chain management. The participants will explore the latest innovations in technology, business models, and policy-making. Through rigorous and non-conventional empirical and theoretical approaches we will explore emerging trends, strategic scenarios, IT and modeling tools, methods, and case studies, and discuss how these can support business and policy-makers, achieve environmental sustainability, and socio-economic efficiency.

Suitable for: Graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Planning, Engineering, Geography, Economics, IT, Design, Political Science, or Public Policy. Applications are also welcome from professionals working in related fields.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 7, 2021

Download the brochure:  ‌TBC

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

July 5-10, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 15, 2021 via the VIU website


The Summer School aims to gather an international cohort of graduate students for a week-long, multi-faceted exploration of one of the most timely topics in the interdisciplinary humanities: Shakespeare’s global contexts and futures. In order to provide focus and coherence, the play Othello, set in multicultural Venice, will be taken as a case study throughout the summer school. Using Shakespeare’s poetry and dramaturgy as a resource, it asks participants to consider how connections can be made across languages, religions, and nation-states.

Suitable for: MA and PhD students from various disciplines including Literary Studies, Shakespeare Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, History, Politics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Media and Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Art, Gender Studies, Queer Studies.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 15, 2021

Download the brochure:  Global Shakespeare

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

 

VIU Summer School

July 12-17, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 20, 2021 via the VIU website


The summer school offers a legal-literary approach to the ways in which migration influences gender. Gender is a constitutive element of migration. The course will discuss both this idea, and reversing the formula, it will examine the role of migration in shaping gender, understood as relational and performative. A particular focus will be on identity in relation to human rights and law, labour, and culture. The course will model the ways in which the humanities and the imagination might inform legal processes or contour legal decisions. this course will educate a young generation of lawyers, academics and activists by raising awareness of many issues at the intersection of gender, migration, and law.

Suitable for: MA and PhD Students in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, Human rights, Law, Labour, and Cultural Studies.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 20, 2021

Download the brochure:  Migration and Gender

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

July 19-23, 2021 (5th Edition)

Call for applications:  from December 5, 2020 via the VIU website


The Covid-19 pandemic is the most recent shock that has affected our societies, and there are still significant uncertainties remaining for 2020 and 2021. Decision-making is the single most effective factor in conditioning a successful recovery and building resilience for the crises to come. In its fifth edition, the Summer School offers a pragmatic framework and a tactical decision-making tool for resilience. The tool is actively used by professionals, public authorities, and academics. The course has a scientific approach combined with a hands-on interactive format designed for a multi-disciplinary audience.

Suitable for: Professionals, officials, and graduate students already working on the topic or thinking their work may benefit from it.


Applications:  from December 5, 2020

Download the brochure:  ‌TBC

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

July 19-30, 2021 (2 weeks)

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 31, 2021 via the VIU website


Science Diplomacy is a tool that recognizes science as a process for pursuing evidence and diplomacy as a process for dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders. In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing need for science diplomacy as we are confronted by issues concerning agriculture or trade, automation or cryptocurrencies, peace & security, global health pandemics, and climate change, among many other complex challenges. This is Science Diplomacy at its core—partnerships to "eliminate cultural, sectoral, and knowledge barriers".

Suitable for: Master’s and PhD students from various disciplines including Global Health, Public Health, Environmental Science, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology & Demography, Biology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – March 31, 2021

Download the brochure:  ‌Science Diplomacy

Visit the VIU webpage for more information

VIU Summer School

August 30 – September 8, 2021

Call for applications:  December 5, 2020 – April 30, 2021 via the VIU website


The Summer School is organized to coincide with the 78th International Venice Film Festival. The aim is to combine film theory and practice, applying them to representations of Venice, through a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, reflected both in the composition of the faculty and the student body. Students will be encouraged to develop a team project on Venice: a film, which will be screened and collectively discussed and analyzed at the end of the Summer School. Deserving projects will be shown at the Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival in 2022.

Suitable for: Graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines: film studies, film-making, art history, visual art, history, cultural anthropology, sociology; and anyone who would like to learn the basics of film-making in various forms - fiction, docudrama, documentary, visual arts, etc.


Applications:  December 5, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Download the brochure:  ‌Films in Venice and Filming Venice

Visit the VIU webpage for more information