Call for Applications – PhD Summer School, 30 July – 01 August 2024, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Navigating Challenges in LGBTI+ (In)Equalities Research

We are excited to announce a PhD Summer School dedicated to navigating the intricate landscape of LGBTI+ (in)equalities research. This Summer School is part of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)-funded Action (CA19103), a project aimed at bringing together a vibrant network of academics and scholars focused on LGBTI+ social and economic (in)equalities. For more insights into our mission and activities, visit our project page:


At the core of this Action is the vision and desire to cultivate a rich network of scholars who bring forth innovative data collection, offer robust support to civil society organisations and deliver insightful policy advice to governments and intergovernmental agencies. We aspire for doctoral candidates to participate in a nurturing environment that promotes the sharing of research and offers spaces for mentoring and support. 

This Third Summer School is designed for PhD students to explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in LGBTI+ (in)equalities research. Embracing various theoretical frameworks, the school is committed to exploring critical issues such as participant recruitment from LGBTI+ communities, intersectionality, the emotional nuances of research engagement, and strategies for preventing academic isolation. We address the backlash against LGBTI+ research and advocacy while also navigating bias, discrimination, legal and policy frameworks and the hurdles of publishing. 


Our curriculum is designed to encompass both qualitative and quantitative approaches and methodologies, emphasising strategies for community support and effective stakeholder engagement. We aim to empower scholars with the insights and tools necessary for making meaningful contributions to the field, thereby laying a foundation for sustained advocacy and understanding within the realm of LGBTI+ rights and discourses.

The Summer School blends lectures on methodological issues with group activities and concludes in student’s presentations on the last day of the summer school. The programme includes a workshop on stakeholder engagement led by experienced scholars and activists, along with dedicated mentoring sessions throughout the Summer School to enrich participants’ academic growth. You can find the provisional program at this link.


We welcome PhD students from all disciplines with a focus on LGBTI+ research to apply. We recognise and value diverse perspectives and we have secured funding for 25 places that cover accommodation, full board and travel expenses for individual located across COST Member Countries and COST Near Neighbour Countries.

Please submit your application by filling this form by May 3rd, including a brief CV in pdf, doc, or odt format. 

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by May 13thSuccessful applicants need to confirm attendance by May 21th. Certificates of attendance will be awarded, and full participation and attendance is required. 


The COST Action is designed to encourage networking and in-person engagement to foster enduring scholarly connections and will be hosted at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Scheduled from the morning of July 30th through the evening of August 1st, participants are encouraged to arrive on July 29th and plan departures for August 2nd. 

This initiative is not just a Summer School; it’s an opportunity and a call for scholars ready to be part of a dynamic network of scholars committed to making a difference.


Our Scientific Committee comprises of academics and scholars, committed towards advancing LGBTI+ research and advocacy, also ensuring an interdisciplinary learning experience.  

Tindara ADDABBO (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia); Ruth BALDACCHINO (University College Dublin); Anna EINARSDÓTTIR (University of York); Jefferson FRANK (Royal Holloway, University of London); Alberto LÓPEZ ORTEGA (VU University Amsterdam); J. Pedro MARTINS (Autonomous University of Barcelona); Sergiu MIȘCOIU (Babes-Bolyai University); J. Ignacio PICHARDO (Complutense University of Madrid); Karin SCHÖNPFLUG (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna).

Please submit your application by filling this form by May 3rd, including a brief CV in pdf, doc, or odt format.

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