Cities and International Migration: Themes, Concepts, Approaches

17 July – 28 July, Rumelifeneri Campus, Koç University, Istanbul


The Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) will host the BROAD-ER International Summer School 2023 entitled “Cities and International Migration: Themes, Concepts, Approaches”, which will be organized in cooperation with University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, between the dates of 17th and 28th July 2023 in Istanbul.



According to UN estimates, 68% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban settings by 2050. In a World Refugee Council (2018) report, it was estimated that around 60% of all refugees and 80% all internally displaced persons across the world already live in urban areas. The impact of international migration forced or voluntary, on urban spaces and processes is a key consideration especially for many low income and lower-middle income countries, where the most rapid urbanization is expected to occur. The nexus of urbanization and migration dynamics raises significant research and policy questions.

Migration scholarship and urban studies have developed as distinct fields of study with many of the scholars working on migration issues in urban contexts only reaching one audience or the other. It is thus necessary to develop an innovative interdisciplinary approach that can overcome disciplinary boundaries and respond to changing dynamics of urbanization and migration. This entails the conceptualization of new interdisciplinary frameworks that enable better theorization of the migration-urbanization nexus.

The BROAD-ER Project is an EU-funded Twinning Project that primarily intends to lay the foundations of strategic networking and collaboration in the themes of migration and urban studies. The BROAD-ER International Summer School 2023 addresses some of the main aspects of international migration in connection to urban dynamics including city networks, local authorities, and institutions.

More details concerning the program and the list of confirmed speakers will be announced soon.


The main objective of BROAD-ER Summer School is to encourage collective experience for early career scholars and professionals to work in the field of international urban migration. The programme includes two weeks of lectures, lab sessions and discussion sessions which will be led by distinguished international faculty members and experts in the field. The participants will have the chance of sharing their research agendas and ideas with these scholars in an interactive environment. The language of the Summer School is English. A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program. Additional requirements including an academic presentation and the submission of an original research paper of at least 7.000 words, will be imposed on those participants who are seeking course credits (3 ECTS).

The format of the Summer School will include:

  • Daily lectures with academics and professionals in relation to the subtopics
  • Plenary sessions with key note speakers
  • Discussion sessions for participants to present their own research projects
  • Individual and group work assignments
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
  • Field trips to Balat, Karaköy, Rahmi Koç Museum


This program is designed for graduate students and PhD candidates, early career researchers, policy analysts, NGO and international organization practitioners, as well as junior experts in the field. BROAD-ER International Summer School does not only offer expanding the knowledge of its participants, but also promises networking opportunities between them and distinguished faculty to enhance both parties’ research agendas. Applications from all over the world are encouraged.

The eligibility criteria are:

A relevant degree or equivalent experience in the field of urban migration studies;

An excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English


All participants (excluding participants who are awarded scholarship) are kindly requested to organize and cover expenses for their travel to and from İstanbul, as well as their local transportation in İstanbul to Koç University.


The fee for the program is 1500 Euros. The fee covers accommodation up to 12 nights, all course materials, social activities, three meals a day and coffee breaks on lecture days.

For the participants who wish to self-arrange their accommodation in Istanbul, the fee is 750 Euros. This fee covers all course materials, social activities, two meals a day (breakfast and lunches) and coffee breaks on lecture days.

All fee packages cover the expenses of course materials, field trips and social programs.

The tuition fee for the online participation is 500 Euros.

Tuition fee for the students affiliated with institutions from the IMISCOE network and UNIC universities will be reduced by 30%.


Two scholarships will be funded on a merit basis. Scholarships will cover the tuition, lowest-cost travel to Türkiye and accommodation and they will be awarded to outstanding candidates.

A limited number of partial scholarships of up to 30% off from the tuition fee will be available for selected candidates from low & middle income countries[1]. Applicants who wish to apply for a scholarship should indicate their intention in their motivation letter with a short statement of their financial constraints. Please note that this is a non-profit program and the scholarships will be granted based on the availability of funds upon the completion of the application round. Scholarships are not intended for participants who can be funded by their own institutions. It would be appreciated if the applicants can present the unavailability of funds through their institution.

[1] Based on World Bank Data:

How to apply?

Please click here for the application form and send the following documents as a single pdf file to and

  • A current résumé
  • Proof of English: Following are accepted:
    • TOEFL and/or IELTS scores
    • BA, MA or PhD Diploma from an institution whose language of education is in English
    • An official letter signed by a relevant authority stating that the language of education is English
    • Publication or thesis in English language
  • One reference letter from employer or professor: The letter can be submitted by the applicant or separately e-mailed by the referees
  • Written work sample: Published or unpublished article, book chapter, thesis chapter and/or report preferably on a related migration topic, if applicable
  • A statement of purpose/motivation letter:
    • A paragraph on how you will benefit from this summer school. Please clearly indicate your specific developmental needs (e.g., publishing, reviewing, collaborative research, career issues, getting your first job, methods, etc.). If you will be applying for a full or a partial scholarship up to 30% based on financial hardships, another paragraph describing your fitness for scholarship.
  • If you are interested in presenting your work in the Discussion Sessions, please attach the following documents along with your application:
    • Doctoral/academic program including:
      • Affiliation
      • Main area(s) of studies
      • Name(s) of your supervisor(s)
      • Stage of your PhD work
    • Dissertation/on-going research summary:Description of your doctoral dissertation project (around 3 pages), including a title, a precise research question, theoretical framing, empirical research design and preliminary findings, and references. Your description should also clearly convey how data have been collected/analysed, and concisely indicate the academic field to which the thesis aims to contribute.


Application Deadline: 3 April 2023

Anouncement of application results: 17 April 2023

Deadline for confirmation of participation:  2 May 2023

If you have any further queries, check out the FAQs guide or please contact the BROAD-ER Summer School Team via