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LMU Stipends for LERU Doctoral Summer Schools

Since 2010 LMU Munich grants stipends for the annual LERU Doctoral Summer Schools. LERU (League of European Research Universities) is an association of 23 research-intensive universities in Europe.

This year's LERU Doctoral Summer School is hosted by Trinity College Dublin from August 8 to August 13, 2021.

The theme of the Summer School is "Reasserting the Value of the Expert".

The Summer School will explore both the current and emerging threats to the role and value of the expert in Europe, and also the ways in which researchers, and especially early-stage researchers can respond to this. How, in other words, can the next generation of researchers reclaim the role of the expert and convince people (including the suspicious and the cynical) as to the value of expertise and thus of research and researchers?

The program will help to generate a "LERU Doctoral Candidates Position Paper on Strategies to Reclaim the Importance of the Expert".

The application deadline was March 22, 2021.

Event LERU Doctoral Summer School
Topic Reasserting the Value of the Expert
Venue Trinity College Dublin (depending on the Covid-19 situation the event may be organized as virtual conference)
Date August 8 to August 13, 2021
Official language English
Costs There is a fee of 500 Euro per participant. This covers course materials, University accommodation for five nights from August 8 to August 13, 2021 (Sunday night to Friday morning), meals and participation in the social program.

The GraduateCenterLMU grants stipends to cover the participation fee and to support travel expenses (650 Euro).

The GraduateCenterLMU stipend can only be granted if the Summer School is conducted as on-site event.

Target group Advanced doctoral candidates of LMU Munich from all disciplines. The candidates should be keenly motivated to work intensively and contribute to the production of a position paper over the course of the week in Dublin. Candidates must be available for the entire duration of the Summer School, and must be prepared to participate in all activities. Fluency in both spoken and written English is essential.
Application Only online applications are accepted:

Please prepare the following documents (as PDFs):

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to attend the LERU Doctoral Summer School (max. two pages)
  • CV (The CV should especially address your academic activities.)

Please ask your official supervisor to send a letter of reference by email directly to the GraduateCenterLMU ( The letter can be written either in German or in English.

Application deadline March 22, 2021
Selection procedure Candidates of LMU Munich will be selected on merit and other criteria to participate in the Summer School.
Additional information LERU Doctoral Summer School - Draft Program (PDF)

Former LERU Doctoral Summer Schools

Contact For inquiries concerning the LMU stipends, please write an email to, or call 089/2180-9731.
Important notes:
  • Only complete applications that are submitted in due time will be considered.
  • The reference letter must be received by the GraduateCenterLMU in due time.
  • The selection process will take approximately 6 weeks.