Application Procedure


Please Note: Application is now closed.


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.

COVID19 Pandemic Warnings and Regulations

The Summer Institute will adopt safety measures that will allow us to host the OSI 2022 in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of both our international guests and our staff. Accordingly, applicants need to fully vaccinated by the time of their arrival in Germany. Proof of vaccination will be required in digital form before the arrival: this has to be an internationally recognized certificate, which can be verified by the staff of the Institute (for instance a QR-Code)

Be aware that Germany has adopted strict entry regulations which can be subject to change. Please make sure to regularly check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (LINK) to ensure that travel from your country to Germany is possible, that your vaccination is recognized, and that all other entry conditions are fulfilled. Prior to travelling to Germany, you may need to complete the digital registration for entry (Einreiseanmeldung)

Should participants need to quarantine, either due to entry regulations or due to infection with
SARS-CoV-2, the Summer Institute will offer support by attempting to provide housing and daily necessities, until the time that your quarantine is lifted. Please note that all costs incurred during a period outside of the official Summer Institute dates (July 16-24), including housing and daily expenses, are not covered by the regular fee. Participants will need to cover those themselves.


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 22. – 24. 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 15 May 2022. 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 15 May 2022. Notifications will be sent out by the end of May. 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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