The Summer School on Methods in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy at Keele University is sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). It gives 15 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the field of moral and political philosophy/theory a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes.  This will be the seventh ECPR summer organised at Keele and the second organised by the Kantian Political Thought Standing Group. The previous Summer Schools were at Keele in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Ten taught sessions over two weeks will be led by international experts. There will also be student papers, social events, and opportunities to explore the surrounding countryside near Keele (anticipating also a visit to "Rousseau's Cave", where he wrote the first draft of his Confessions).


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Dates: 15th-25th June, 2015.

Cost is £400 for students from ECPR member institutions and £440.00 for non-members. This includes the delegate fee and 10 nights en-suite bed and breakfast/self-catering accommodation on the campus.

Funding: Two travel and accommodation grants (up to €250 each) are available. Conditions of eligibility are specified below*.

Deadline for application is May 20th, 2015. Acceptances will be sent by email by May 27st, 2015.

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Inquiries should be sent to the Summer School coordinator, Dr Ruhi Demiray


*Conditions of eligibility for funding:

In order for the participants to be eligible to receive the grant, they MUST:

  1. Be from an ECPR member institution who have paid their annual membership fee (you can check to see if their institution is a paid member here:, or email me and I can check for you)
  2. Have paid their Summer School fees in full
  3. Not be receiving any other funding to attend the Summer School; i.e. must be self-funded
  4. Be subject to adequate academic performance during the Summer School, as assessed by the Summer School organisers.

Note – the grant must only be used for claiming travel and accommodation costs, up to €250. Registration fees to attend the Summer School and food and drink cannot be claimed for. The amount awarded will be dependent on original receipts and boarding passes (where applicable) that have been submitted to the ECPR.