Application Procedure

If you are interested in applying for the Osnabrück Summer Institute, read the following information carefully and use the online application form at the end of the page.


Due to its international audience, the OSI will be conducted fully in English. The Institute does not offer language courses, neither in German nor in English.


The Summer Institute invites doctoral and postdoctoral students from various academic fields whose research interests and projects are situated at the interface between law and the humanities and who are concerned with a better understanding of the interdependence of law and culture.

Doctoral candidates in literature, the law, the arts, the humanities, and the related social sciences are encouraged to apply, as are advanced students pursuing a J.D. or its equivalent (such as the L.L.B). Young scholars or junior faculty members who have received a Ph.D. or corresponding degree in the last five years are also eligible. While applications by doctoral/post-doctoral students are prioritized, the Summer Institute will also consider strong applications from advanced Master students about to conclude their studies and with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research.


The full fee for the duration of the Institute is 500 Euros. This fee covers the costs of registration, tuition, course material, campus accommodation, as well as an insurance package, a cost-reduced meal plan and access to the final conference which will take place on the weekend of the 12. – 13. of July (more information will be provided in the Program Description).

A limited number of travel grants is available. To apply for a travel grant, please include a short explanation at the end of your statement of purpose. All applicants are strongly encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.


All rooms are furnished and include a fully equipped kitchenette and a bathroom. A limited number of upgraded rooms is available. These rooms will be awarded on a “first come first served” basis, benefiting early applications.

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2024. Applicants may submit the application with all the necessary documents here. (Application Page) Only applications with valid e-mail addresses can be processed.

Applicants should hand in:

  • A completed application
  • A statement of purpose, no more than two pages long, describing your current project, previous research and a personal statement on how the OSI would specifically further these interests and plans. Please also include a statement on the role of interdisciplinary research in your work. The statement of purpose needs to be uploaded as a PDF file and submitted through the electronic application form.
  • A curriculum vitae. The c.v. needs to be uploaded as a PDF file in the electronic application form.

Acceptance and Payment

We will consider all applications submitted before the closing date of 01 April 2024. Notifications will be sent out a few weeks after this deadline. Further information regarding the payment of the tuition fee as well as accommodation details will be included in the acceptance notice.

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