Apply! Association of Commonwealth Universities Summer School 2021

Applications for ACU Summer School 2021 are now open. Students at ACU member universities are invited to join us on 2-13 August for a two-week virtual event exploring the theme ‘Urban disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic’.

Urban disasters: Risk and resilience in a pandemic

Virtual event: 2-13 August 2021

Opening date: 16 March 2021
Closing date: 14 April 2021 at 16:00 UTC + 1

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The ACU Summer School is a transformative opportunity which connects students across the Commonwealth. Participants can expect:

  • Talks by leading international speakers
  • Engaging and challenging group project work
  • Networking opportunities
  • Intercultural sessions
  • Skills development
  • The chance to learn about the history and culture of Mumbai.

Students often tell us that they find participating in the Summer School to be a life-changing event. Following the 2020 virtual Summer School, we asked students about their experiences:

  • 95% of participants expressed that the summer school experience helped them develop new friendships across borders.
  • 87% agreed that the experience helped improve their global network within their field of study.
ACU Summer School student stood in front of community library in Sierra Leone

‘Taking part in the ACU Summer School has allowed me to meet other students with shared academic interests.’

– ACU Summer School 2020 participant Baimba O’Sheriff. Read his interview.

Who can apply?

In order to apply:

  • Participants must be a current postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) or final-year undergraduate students at ACU member university .
  • Participants must not have previously travelled outside their home region or already participated in an ACU Summer School.

The event is multi-disciplinary: it is appropriate both for those studying fields related to disaster studies, and students from other fields who are interested in how they can apply their discipline to the theme.

The event

The Summer School programme has been developed by senior specialists from the School of Disaster Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It’s a small and friendly event which is capped at 50 participants. Participants who do not have access to Wi-Fi will be able to apply for a grant to fund data costs needed for them to participate.

The event is free, but the 50 participants will be selected as part of a competitive selection process.

Read more about the theme.

How to apply

Complete an online application form. As part of the form, students must attach an academic reference from a lecturer at their current university and answer the following questions in 150-250 words each:

  • Explain how your academic studies and/or interests, achievements, work experience and volunteering experience fit with the theme of the summer school
  • Briefly describe a challenge related to the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by a town/city in your country and how the community responded
  • How could the subject that you are studying/researching contribute to addressing a challenge related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or future pandemics?
  • Explain how you plan to share and communicate the knowledge gained during the summer school

Closing date

Applications close at 16:00 UTC+1 Wednesday 14 April. Applicants will be contacted by the end of May.

Contact

If you have a query which is not answered on this opportunity please email summerschool@acu.ac.uk

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University summer school students clap and cheer in a classroom

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