IPSA Summerschool


January 31, 2011 - February 11, 2011

University of São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil

The goal of this program is to provide scholars of the social sciences with access to high-quality, cutting edge, advanced training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods. The target group is high-potential, upper-level scholars of political science, international relations, and related disciplines. Preference will be given to current faculty members, post-doctoral and doctoral students. Truly exceptional masters’ students in political science, international relations, and closely related fields will also be considered.

Academic objectives:This program aims to provide basic training in three general areas:

1.   quantitative data analysis,

2.   qualitative data analysis, and

3.     research design and methods.

It is hoped that participants will be able to return to their home institutions with greatly enhanced methodological skills, having built bridges with peers from other institutions and nations, and with the potential to disseminate these skills effectively among their peers.

We seek a varied student body, with representation from as many countries and methodological backgrounds as possible. Our inaugural Summer School, held in February 2010, brought together students from 35 institutions in 10 different countries. One-fifth of the students were current faculty members, and half were either doctoral or post-doctoral students.

Institutional Partners:

The Summer School is a partnership between the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Department of Political Science (DCP) and the Institute for International Relations (IRI) at the University of São Paulo.

Generous support for the 2010 Summer School was provided by the IPSA, by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), by the University of São Paulo, and by the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole (CEM/CEBRAP).