Call for Study Circle Proposals 2023-2025

Nordic Summer University

Research, Networking, Folk/bildning

Call for project proposals 2023-2025

To be announced in January 2022. Deadline: 15 April 2022

Each year, the Nordic Summer University (NSU) calls for project proposals for three-year study circles (2022-2024). We seek proposals for new scholarly networks addressing critical issues in culture, science and society. Founded in 1950, NSU is an independent, non-profit scholarly institution that provides platforms for networks and collaborations across disciplines in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The activities of NSU are based on three concepts:

Research: NSU provides frameworks for critical scholarship with relevance for culture, science and society, where scholars and practitioners explore ideas and develop knowledge on equal footing.

Networking: NSU brings together university scholars, students, artists and other professionals from different disciplines, countries, generations and institutions in activities that transcend institutional hierarchies.

Folkbildning: NSU combines two traditions: the continental ideals of learning and cultivation of the self and the Nordic heritage of folkbildning and self-organization, with its investments in open access education and collaboration through participation and active citizenship. All aspects of NSU are democratically organized by the participants, including the decision on the NSU study program.

What is a study circle?

Activities in the NSU are based on thematic study circles, which are forums for participants to present, discuss, and develop their scholarship. The work done in a study circle aims to do new and innovative research in the Nordic and Baltic context and provides a surplus for the Nordic and/or Baltic region. NSU currently consists of nine such study circles, each of which runs for three years. Two people function as coordinators, who are responsible for organizing the activities. Each circle meets twice per year, once in the winter (February-March) in a so called winter symposium in the Nordic-Baltic region including its periphery, and once in the summer during the annual weeklong NSU summer session, which is typically held the last week of July. The winter symposia are organized by the circles themselves in collaboration with a local partner (another network, a university department, a cultural institution, or similar). The summer session is organized by NSU, where all circles meet in the same location. The circles conduct parallel symposia during the day and partake in joint activities in the evening. For more information about current study circles, visit

What can NSU offer?

NSU offers a platform for collaboration, extended networks of people, their in-kind contributions in voluntary work and personal talent, over 70 years of inherited practice and tradition around democratic, grassroot organisation and connections to various institutions and organisations across the Nordic- Baltic regions. NSU is well-known in the Nordic countries and beyond, and as such offers a good network to attract researchers, scholars, students, artists and professionals to participate in your study circle. NSU is currently not able to guarantee funding for the circle activities. However, we are in the process of finding and securing new, long-term partnerships that might come into action during the year 2021. In case funding is not secured, the General Assembly – consisting of members of the NSU community – will decide on the future direction of NSU during the Summer Session 2021. NSU aims to provide financial support for coordinators and participants to attend winter and summer symposia. Other support includes online hosting of events, in case symposia need to be online due to the pandemic situation. The NSU Board also provides support regarding funding applications, financial management and logistics. The Summer Session is hosted and organised by volunteers within NSU, which means study circle coordinators can focus on the content of their summer session program.

Application requirements

More information on application requirements and procedures will be shared in the beginning of January 2022. Please sign up for the NSU Newsletter to keep informed about the Nordic Summer University.

Previous call: [PDF]

Contact information

The proposal, as well as questions, should be sent to board [at]