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Statelessness Summer Course: Global focus (31 July - 4 August, Tilburg, The Netherlands)
The Institute convenes an annual Statelessness Summer Course during the first week of August at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The course looks at statelessness globally and draws participants from all regions of the world. The 2017 edition of the Summer Course will take place from Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017. Watch the short video to get an impression of the course. Further information and details of how to apply are provided below. You can also download a flyer about the course here
The Statelessness Summer Course provides participants with new knowledge, tools and skills to address statelessness and enforce the right to nationality. The curriculum is taught by lecturers from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and geographically. The Course considers statelessness and the enjoyment of nationality from various angles. Beginning with a reflection on the concept of statelessness, the Course will deal with legal and policy issues associated with statelessness. The Course will address the status of stateless persons, their human rights and right to international protection. In addition, the Course will take a closer look at a number of specific questions relating to statelessness, such as UNHCR’s mandate and the work of different stakeholders on this issue, the influence of gender discrimination in creating statelessness, children’s right to a nationality and ways to research and document statelessness, as well as advocacy opportunities in relation to this issue. The Course incorporates many case studies and group work assignments through which the participants learn how to apply the theory covered and have the chance to share their own ideas and expertise with one another. As such, the participants will benefit from the knowledge and professional experience of both the lecturers and their fellow participants. The case studies and assignments will draw on examples of statelessness situations from all around the globe.
A reader with course materials is included within the course fee and will be provided on arrival. Some reading material will be shared electronically before the commencement of the course to help participants to prepare.
As both the sessions and the course materials will be in English, applicants should have proficiency in the English language. Applicants are not required to provide proof of language proficiency, however as a rule Foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.0 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL as a minimum in order to feel confident that they can actively participate in the course in English.
The course fee is € 950. This covers all weekday lunches, tuition, course materials, an opening reception and closing dinner. Other evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee. A limited number of tuition waivers are available for applicants who are able to clearly demonstrate how their work would benefit from participation in the course, but who would otherwise be unable to participate. Note that the tuition waivers are highly competitive and we strongly encourage you to seek alternative funding to secure your participation in the course. All participants must cover their own costs for travel to and accommodation in Tilburg for the duration of the course.
Upon being selected for the course, we will provide participants with hotel options in Tilburg. You can expect to pay approx. 80 EUR per night for bed and breakfast.
The deadline for applications is 15 April 2017. To apply for a place on this programme, please complete this online application form. Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been selected for the course by the end of April.
Terms and Conditions
For participants who have been selected for the 2017 Summer Course, please find the Terms and Conditions here.
Further information and questions
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What participants from previous statelessness courses had to say...
"This course allowed me space to get deeper understanding of law and international initiatives on reduction of statelessness. I will apply the knowledge from the lecturers and my classmates to improve laws and policies that protect and promote human rights in Kenya. Very practical knowledge, skills and case study examples." Kenneth O. Okoth, MP, Kenya
“It is a great opportunity to learn a lot and boost your expertise in statelessness. At the same time, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet different professionals from all over the world dealing with the topic, which is hugely inspiring and enriching both on a professional and personal level” – Linda Janku, Office of the Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic
“I have so far learned about statelessness by doing it in the field. The course gave me a very good background knowledge and theoretical information to supplement the experience, which will enable me to be more strategic about implementation of the statelessness work in the field.’’ Chizu Matsuchita, UNHCR, Central Asia
“As an anthropologist, I found the interdisciplinary nature of the course very useful. Training with practitioners and understanding their world and language was very helpful. Moreover, the explanation of legal frameworks was done simply and well.’’ Charlie Rumsby, PhD Candidate, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
Statelessness Regional Course: Americas focus (27-31 March 2017, Colombia - Spanish below)
1-week intensive learning programme for professionals. Gives participants new knowledge, tools and skills to address statelessness and realise the right to nationality. Learn from an international team of experts and share ideas and experiences with participants from across the region.
This course will provide an insight into fundamental issues surrounding statelessness – its causes, consequences and the tools to address it – and shed light on statelessness in the Americas through tailored assignments and case studies. It is offered in collaboration with the Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia.
The programme is bilingual, English/Spanish. The course fee is € 950. This covers all weekday lunches, tuition, course materials, an opening reception and closing dinner. Other evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee. A limited number of tuition waivers are available for applicants who are able to demonstrate how their work would benefit from participation in the course, but who would otherwise be unable to participate. Note that the tuition waivers are highly competitive and we strongly encourage you to seek alternative funding to secure your participation in the course. All participants must cover their own costs for travel to and accommodation in Colombia for the duration of the course.
It is no longer possible to apply to participate in this course. If you have been selected to participate in this course, you can access the Terms & Conditions in English and Spanish here. You can download a flyer about the course in English or in Spanish.
*** Español *** 1 semana de aprendizaje intensivo para profesionales. Ofrece a los participantes conocimiento nuevo, herramientas y habilidades para hacer frente a la apatridia y materializar el derecho a la nacionalidad. Aprende de un grupo internacional de expertos y comparte ideas y experiencias con participantes de toda la región. Este curso ofrecerá un panorama sobre los asuntos fundamentales en torno a la apatridia - sus causas, consecuencias y las herramientas para trabajar hacia su erradicación. Asimismo, dará luz sobre la apatridia en las Américas a través de actividades y el estudio de casos. El curso es ofrecido por el Instituto de Apatridia e Inclusión en colaboración con la Red de las Américas sobre Nacionalidad y Apatridia y la Cancillería de la República de Colombia.
El programa es bilingüe Inglés/Español y tiene un costo de € 950. Esta tarifa incluye el costo de la matrícula, la comida de medio día, los materiales del curso, una recepción de bienvenida y la cena de clausura. Otras comidas de cena y de fin de semana no están incluidas en esta tarifa. Un número limitado de becas se encuentra disponible para personas que puedan demostrar cómo su trabajo puede beneficiarse de la participación en este curso y que no podrían asistir de no ser beneficiarias de esta beca. Las becas son altamente competitivas y por ello invitamos a las personas interesadas a buscar financiamiento alterno para garantizar la participación en el curso. Todos los participantes deberán cubrir los costos de viaje y de hospedaje en Colombia por la duración del curso.
La fecha límite para recibir aplicaciones es el 5 de febrero de 2017. El formulario puede ser completado en Inglés o Español. Todos los candidatos serán informados si han sido seleccionados para el curso los primeros días de febrero. Puede descargar el flyer del curso en Inglés o en Español.