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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 Utrecht University from July 4 until July 8, 2022.

The theme of the Summer School is "The University of the Future. Rethinking the role of universities worldwide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century".

In a 21st century so far marked by crises and uncertainty, the role of the university seems in need of evaluation. Intersecting fears about ecological degradation, climate change, economics, (geo)politics, and technological change call for more inter- and transdisciplinary forms of research and education. They call for rethinking what the university is, and what it can or should be. What is the societal role of universities? Is the university primarily a place for knowledge-production and technology-development, or does it have the responsibility to contribute more actively to the handling of societal challenges? Are there optimal or inspiring new ways for universities to relate to policymakers, politics, and society at large?

The participants will be provided with a reading list early June 2022. They are expected to read the compulsory part of the list (estimated at 100 to 200 pages).

As for an output the participants of this Doctoral Summer School will be asked to jointly write a manifesto, to be offered to LERU and high-level recipients as a source for reflection and further debate. Prior to the summer school, on June 29 in the afternoon, there will be an online training session on how to write a manifesto. Course participants are required to attend.

The application deadline was March 15, 2022.

Event LERU Doctoral Summer School
Topic The University of the Future. Rethinking the role of universities worldwide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century
Venue Utrecht University (depending on the Covid-19 situation the event may be organized as virtual conference)
Date July 4 to July 8, 2022
Official language English
Costs There is a fee of 600 Euro per participant. This covers course materials, University accommodation for six nights from July 2 to July 8, 2022 (Saturday 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 based on real costs (max. 750 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 menifesto over the course of the week in Utrecht. 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 The application must be submitted via the GraduateCenterLMU Portal.

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 was March 15, 2022
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
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 to 8 weeks.