The Summer Programme in Social Science (SPSS) is a collaboration between the Swedish Collegium
for Advanced Study, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and
the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
The programme started in 2015 and runs in a three-year cycle, with two weeks taking place the first
year in Princeton, one week the second year in Paris, and one week the third year in Uppsala. It is
designed specifically for junior scholars from Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. It is open to
all disciplines in the social sciences, including anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, economics,
law and political science as well as neighbouring disciplines, such as philosophy, political theory and
literary criticism. The purpose is to constitute a genuinely international and interdisciplinary network of
social scientists from regions of the world traditionally not well-represented in the three institutions
involved in the programme.
Fellows of the Summer Programme in Social Science have their own research project, which they pursue
during the period of the programme and present at various stages. This research can be related to the theme
of the cycle but applications are also encouraged for projects unrelated to the theme. It is expected that the
research will be at an advanced stage of its development so as to render discussions of its object, method
and conclusions richer and intellectual interactions among Fellows more fruitful. Each cycle includes
approximately twenty scholars from the three regions mentioned.
The overall ambition of the Summer Programme in Social Science is to enrich and expand the realm of the
social sciences through the confrontation of different intellectual traditions and perspectives, to facilitate
and enhance the dialogue between various scientific disciplines and communities, and to strengthen
international networks between the global South and global North.
Professor Didier Fassin, at the Institute for Advanced Study, leads the programme. Professor Nancy L.
Green is the corresponding coordinator at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Professor
Björn Wittrock is the corresponding coordinator at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. The
programme is supported by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, and the
three participating institutions. The theme of the current cycle is “Inequalities and Differences” (2015-2017).
Professor Ash Amin, University of Cambridge
Dr. Denis Cogneau, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement and Paris School of Economics
Professor Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Professor Nancy L. Green, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socialesm, Paris
Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
Professor Björn Wittrock, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
Read more about the Summer Programme in Social Science
SPSS Fellows 2015-17
SCAS NEWS 2015: 19 Scholars from Africa, the Middle East and Latin America in the First Cycle of the
Summer Program in Social Science