EANS Summer Schools

The European Academy of Nursing Science organises an annual summer school for nurses undertaking doctoral studies.


Our Summer Schools were established in 1998 to encourage nurses undertaking a PhD study to add a European dimension to their research and to receive advanced research training. Students on the EANS Summer School for Doctoral Studies programme attend three summer schools as they progress in their studies.

The EANS Summer School for Doctoral Studies programme has the following aims:

  • To equip the new generation of early stage nursing researchers with knowledge and expertise in advanced translational complex interventions research methods;
  • To enable these researchers to design, plan and implement programmatic, mixed methods and complex interventions research in nursing;
  • To create a multi-state, common European learning environment for doctoral nursing students;
  • To enhance the opportunities for doctoral students to study, work and undertake research in other European States.

The 2017 Summer School was hosted by Malmö University, Sweden from the 26th June until the 7th July 2017.

The 2018 Summer School will be hosted by the University of Ghent, Belgium from 2nd to 13th July. Further details will be available in November 2017 when the application process opens.  Deadline for applications will be 31st January 2018.

What is the EANS Summer School Programme?

  • A unique opportunity for nurses undertaking doctoral studies to participate in a three year programme of annual summer schools.
  • The chance to learn mixed methods research skills to develop, test, evaluate and implement complex interventions in nursing.
  • The experience of working alongside nurses from more than 20 European countries.

In year one, the summer school is two weeks long, in years two and three it is for one week.

To complete the summer school programme, participants must attend three consecutive summer schools held across Europe. The Summer School Programme is self-funded.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a nurse;
  2. Be at an early stage of their doctoral studies;
  3. Be studying at an institution located in Europe (as defined by the Council of Europe);
  4. Be likely to have a substantive career in research;
  5. Be committed to improving the evidence base for nursing interventions;
  6. Have an excellent command of scientific English (the language of the summer school is English);
  7. Commit to attend all three years of the summer school programme;
  8. Have sufficient funds to support their own travel, accommodation and subsistence needs during the programme, as well as the €100 fee per year to attend and the €25 per year student membership fee of EANS.

NOTE: Think carefully before you apply. The Summer School is highly competitive with only 35 new applicants selected at random each year from the many hundreds who apply. The summer school curriculum is radically different from many other research courses. From day one, the course focuses on the development and testing of nursing interventions, based around a framework for the development and testing of ‘complex interventions’. (See: Richards and Rahm Hallberg (eds) 2015. Complex Interventions in Health: an Overview of Research Methods. London, Routledge). The course teaches mixed methods but is always directed at educating participants to evaluate and implement evidence-based nursing care to improve the practice of nursing care. If this is not your focus, please do not apply.


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