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Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Summer School

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

Theme: International collaboration

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

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 the 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.

The ACU Summer School is a transformative opportunity that 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.

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



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