Applications & Stipends

IRSI2 is a twelve-day event, from September 2 (arrival day) to September 14 (departure day). All students are expected to attend during the whole period of the Summer Institute. Applications for shorter periods of time will not be considered.


Thanks to the exceptionally generous funding of the VolkswagenStiftung, all successful applicants will receive a full stipend covering the participation fee, board, and lodging. The stipend will also cover traveling costs (within different limits depending on whether the student travels from Germany, Europe, or farther away—the limits will be communicated to the successful applicants in due time). However, please note that traveling costs can only be reimbursed after IRSI2. Besides, note that the costs for visa applications cannot be covered.

Who may apply?

The Summer Institute targets doctoral students and early-stage postdocs from psychology, philosophy, cognitive (neuro)science, economics, and any related field. Advanced students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in one of these disciplines and an outstanding interest in the topic are also encouraged to apply. Most importantly, applicants should have a genuine research interest in human rationality. A good command of the English language is necessary.

An important selection criterion will be international diversity and interdisciplinarity. Furthermore, women and members from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply?

We only accept applications in English. Applications will be processed using Easychair. To apply, please click here, set up an Easychair account (or log into your account if you have one already), and upload the following documents:

    1. The following material, in one single PDF document:
      1. A statement of interest, explaining your background and why you would like to participate in IRSI2 and what you expect from your participation (max. 2 pages)
      2. Your Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if applicable)
      3. Scans of certificates (Master’s degree and/or PhD certificate; Bachelor’s degree [only if it is currently your highest degree]; please include a translation of documents which are not in English or German [we accept your own translation], including information on the respective grading system
      4. A detailed estimate of your traveling costs
    2. A title and a 100-words abstract for your own research project, that connects your work to the Summer Institute, and which you will present at the Young Scientists’ Forum.
    3. Additionally, two letters of recommendation, to be sent directly to

++++++++++Application deadline is April 1, 2018++++++++++

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 15, 2018.