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Thematic School Support Program 2020

Aim and Criteria - The Thematic School Support (TSS) Program aims at supporting the attendance of PhD students and Junior Post Doctoral researchers, who are members of the CSS, to Doctoral and thematic summer/winter schools focusing on the science of complex systems (Conferences and workshops are excluded from this program). The TSS program funding is provided to the Schools, which use these funds as fellowships to waive the registration fees to some participants (the fellowships should exclusively cover fees and exclude covering of social events). The number of waivers, if granted, is expected to be at most three for each funded school. To benefit from this program, the school organizers have to send their application to the CSS as indicated below. The Schools recipient of the TSS support will be responsible for the selection of the grantees of the fellowships, which have then to be approved by the Executive Committee of the CSS. The schools applying for the current call of the TSS program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have their starting date in 2020;
  • Be internationally open;
  • Be approved and funded by national or international institutes/agencies/universities;
  • Have a website containing all the relevant information (registration fees, sponsoring institutions, organizers, lecturers);
  • Have a focus in the complex systems area;
  • Provide evidence of the scientific excellence of lecturers and invited speakers.

The Complex Systems Society values diversity and is committed to ensure that the events it supports remain fair, unbiased, and respectful of the variety and richness that characterises the Complex Systems community at large. Organisers are thus strongly encouraged to ensure that such attention to equality and diversity is conveyed clearly by their event, for instance by making an effort to guarantee that invited speakers, committe members, tutors, and participants to their event represent a fair and balanced selection of genders, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.

Submission of Candidacies - Interested schools shall submit a request for the TSS program support providing the following information:

  • Name of the school, dates of the schools.
  • Short document detailing the aims and program of the school (generally the information circulated with the school material or webpage)
  • Amount of the registration fee and information on what it precisely covers
  • Institution sponsoring the school
  • List of organizers and list of speakers
  • Web page address containing the information about the school.

Selection procedure - The CSS Executive Committee is fully and exclusively endowed with the responsibility of assessing the eligibility of candidatures, examining and selecting the dossiers of the admitted candidatures, and select the candidatures receiving the TSS program support. The selected schools shall acknowledge the CSS sponsorship through the TSS program as appropriate on the web page and other advertising material (flyers, posters etc.). In particular, and in addition to the mandatory criteria mentioned above, selection of recipients will consider the following points:

  • Schools in which at least one of the organizers is member of the CSS will be favored;
  • Schools that have never benefited from the program will be favored;
  • The registration fee should not be excessive. In particular, the CSS reserves the possibility to attribute fellowships covering only part of the registration fees;
  • Schools that show evidence of favoring diversity among organizers, speakers, participants will be favored.

Deadline for application - The application shall be sent to css@cssociety.org before November 15th, 2019. The decision will be communicated to the organizers in January 2019. For any additional information please contact the CSS at css@cssociety.org

List of previously funded schools






Open from09/10/2019
Deadline14/11/2019 23:00

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