• Is it possible for undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Institute?
    The general rule is that the Summer Institute is for predoctoral (=PhD) students, early postdocs and young practitioners. To be eligible you have to be classified as "young researcher", i.e. in your early career stage in academia or an applied field.
  • Do I have to submit all application documents again if I already applied for one of the last Summer Institutes?
    As required by German law regulating confidentiality issues, we were not allowed to keep application documents. Therefore, we have to ask you to submit all materials again.
  • I was a participant at one of the previous Summer Institutes. Is it possible to participate again?
    We are glad that you liked it, but given the limited number of slots, we will only invite people who have not yet had the opportunity to participate.

Which expenses are covered

  • Will accommodation and meals be covered?
    We will provide accommodation including breakfast. The accommodation will be organized by us and the exact hotel you will be staying at will be announced later. Lunch can be had at canteens of the Institute, the Free University and restaurants nearby for approximately 5-12 EUR. For dinner, Berlin offers a variety of international food at low prices.
  • What percentage of the travelling costs will be covered by the stipend?

    On top of accommodation (including breakfast), we will cover part of your travelling expenses. Intercontinental flights will be reimbursed up to 400 EUR, European flights up to 200 EUR and domestic travels up to 100 EUR. Be sure to check out the different possibilities to get to Berlin (via plane to Airport Tegel or Airport Schönefeld, via train to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), via Bus to the ZOB (Bus station) or via shared car service (Mitfahrgelegenheit). Upon your arrival to the institute, we will provide you with tickets for local transportation within Berlin. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding travelling and costs.

  • How does the reimbursement procedure work?
    To receive the travel reimbursement, participants will need to submit a copy of the travel invoice together with the original travel documents (boarding passes, train tickets). The reimbursement amount will be wired directly to the bank account a maximum of 6 weeks after the documents have been received. Please note that we can only reimburse standard travel options (e.g., 2nd class for trains, economy class for flights, etc.).

Poster presentation & speed talk

Participants will present a poster of their research project that would be relevant to the summer institute. This is a great opportunity to get feedback and suggestions from all attendees. The poster should be printed before the start of the summer institute as there are no print shops nearby. The size of the poster should be no larger than A0 size: 1189 mm x 841 mm, (portrait or landscape).

In a speed talk session participants will describe their research and/or practice within 60 seconds on stage. On screen, there will only be the participant's name, affiliation and the poster title. The speed talk should provide the gist of the research/practice and attract others to find out more at your poster. Ideally, a speed talk should cover the following points: What is the central issue? Why is it important or why is it novel? How is the issue addressed? (Also: What is the key finding? - in case you are a researcher)

Further Questions

If you have more questions concerning applying, the program, travelling or costs, please feel free to contact us at si2019 [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de.


Max Planck Institute
for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 82406 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 82406 394

si2019 [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de