AIESEP 2024 Summer School for PhD Students

Summer School for PhD Students in Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy 2024
Jyväskylä Finland

Thank you for your interest in the inaugural AIESEP Summer School for PhD students in the fields of physical education and sport pedagogy. This event will be hosted at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. The schedule is designed to match the timing of the AIESEP conference taking place in Jyväskylä from May 13th to 17th, 2024. The summer school itself will occur right after the conference, spanning from May 18th to 20th, 2024.

Who is eligible? All PhD students enrolled in a doctoral program in the fields of physical education and sport pedagogy anywhere in the world are invited to apply. The application is here. It is due via email to with your updated CV by October 31st 2023.


Who is hosting this? This summer school will be hosted by AIESEP in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä.


What is the cost? The cost to attend is 650€ (approx. $710 USD). This includes:

  • Conference registration for AIESEP 2024 (May 13-17, 2024)
  • Accommodation at Time Hostel (walking distance to the University) from May 13-21st
    • The entire hostel is reserved for PhD students who have been accepted to the summer school for the time of the conference and summer school. You will stay with 1 or 2 other people in dorm rooms.
  • Lunch and coffee breaks during the AIESEP conference.
  • Three dinners out with faculty on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.
  • Mentoring by faculty during the summer school, where you will receive feedback on your writing, and academic presentation.
  • Three full-day sessions of workshops during the summer school led by faculty. (sample topics: reviewing manuscripts, publishing high-quality manuscripts, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, research design, job interviewing skills, transitioning from PhD student to faculty member)
  • Lunches during the summer school days.

What is not included?

  • Travel to and from Jyväskylä
  • Breakfast
  • Visas or other passport fees

Can I get funding to attend? We highly recommend asking your university to support your travel and attendance. If you are within the European Union, you should inquire about ERASMUS Travel Grants from your advisor. If you are studying on the continent of Africa, you may be eligible for Safinet Funding (please contact for info). Additionally, you may explain your need for external funding on the application as AIESEP may have funding for small stipends for a limited amount of PhD students.

What will it look like?

The summer school offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional development in the areas of physical education and sport pedagogy. It focuses on the development of key competencies required for successful academic writing, defense of the doctoral dissertation and identifying further research directions in the field. The AIESEP summer school provides an opportunity for intellectually curious PhD students to explore new knowledge, to expend cultural awareness, and to exchange experiences with students and faculty.

Phase I Pre-Planning: Each admitted PhD student will submit a manuscript about their dissertation plan if they are ready at that stage (approximately 5,000 words). If admitted PhD students are not in the stage of writing a dissertation plan, they might submit a writing sample of approximately 5,000 words. Each PhD student will be paired up with a mentor who will provide detailed feedback on the PhD student’s writing, ideas, and research methods.


Phase II Presentations and Mentorship: Once PhD Students arrive in Jyväskylä they will meet one-on-one with the mentoring faculty for writing feedback and present a 3min thesis presentation to the faculty and other PhD students during the summer school. Each participant will answer questions for 10minutes. This is meant to be a supportive environment where PhD students learn to effectively communicate their research and practice academic dialogue (similar to conference presentations).


Phase III Expert Sessions: A selected group of professors aligned with AIESEP have been recruited to host half-day sessions across three days, which will consist of the bulk of the PhD Summer School. During May 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2024. PhD students will attend a morning and afternoon session which will last approximately 2-3hrs each. Each night there will be an organized dinner where students and faculty get to socialize.


Who are the mentoring faculty?

  • Risto Marttinen (George Mason University, USA) Faculty Profile
    • Secretary General, and Board Member AIESEP
  • Carla Nascimento Luguetti (Victoria University, Australia) Faculty Profile
    • Board Member AIESEP
  • João Martins (University of Lisbon, Portugal) ResearchGate
    • Board Member AIESEP
  • Doune Macdonald (The University of Queensland, Australia) Faculty Profile
    • Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor
  • Cassandra Iannucci (Deakin University, Australia) Faculty Profile
    • Lecturer and Academic Lead of Students as Partners
  • Kevin Andrew Richards (University of Illinois, USA) Faculty Profile
    • Associate Professor


  • October 31st: Applications due for PhD Summer School
  • October 31st: Abstract Proposal Due Date for AIESEP Conference
  • November 30th : All applicants are notified of acceptance/reject.
  • December 15th: Acceptance notices go out for Abstracts for AIESEP conference.
  • April 13th: PhD students submit writing sample to assigned faculty mentors.
  • May 13th: AIESEP starts, PhD Summer School students all meet at early career mentor session/breakout to socialize and meet faculty mentors.
  • May 13th-17th: PhD summer school students attend AIESEP Conference
  • May 18-20th: PhD Summer School


How to apply? Send the application with your CV to by October 31st, 2023.

You can find the application by clicking on this link. It will take you to a fillable PDF