Call for Applications: Porto Annual Training School 2016


COST Action IS1311

Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe

Call for Applications

Annual Training School 2016

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, Portugal

4-8 April 2016

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Deadline for applications: March 2th 2016. Click to apply online.

COST Action INTERFASOL is committed to organising several training schools, to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research in social sciences and policy on the field of family intergenerational solidarity. The global objective is to develop interdisciplinary research capacity, to advance scientific understanding across Europe on the importance and impact of intergenerational family solidarity across generations in priority life domains. It is also intended to contribute to the development of future research on intergenerational family solidarity and identify new research initiatives.

The INTERFASOL annual training schools provide the most up-to-date knowledge and methods in this field, placing emphasis on research methods for social sciences and offering interdisciplinary activities with a focus on policy issues. The training course is open to international researchers and all activities will be in English. Participants can expect a series of lectures by leading international scholars.


Preliminary Programme for the 2016 Training Course

Intergenerational Solidarity in a Diverse World

Core Courses

  • Adult children providing support to their aging parents: Mixed motives over the family life course
  • Adult child-parent relations in the context of migration
  • Family care for older members: social implications at personal and community level
  • Promoting active ageing through intergenerational solidarity: The role of leisurebased initiatives
  • Psychoeducational programs for informal caregivers

Methodology Courses

  • The steps of a research: Examples in family researches
  • Intergenerational solidarity and migration: An emerging field for transdisciplinary and practice-focused research


  • Isabelle Albert, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg,
  • Susana C. Marques, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Ursula Trummer, Center for Health and Migration, Austria
  • Willy Lahaye, University of Mons, Belgium

Invited Speakers

  • Merril Silverstein, Syracuse University, USA
  • Teresa Freire, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Constança Paúl, University of Porto, Portugal

Who can apply?
PhD students and Early Career Investigators (ECI). The Training School will also be open to the Action members and selected experts. Trainees are from European COST countries or from an approved NNC (see the list of eligible countries).

During the Training School, the trainees will have the opportunity to present their research work for discussion (strongly encouraged); or make a short  presentation on a topic of interest. Trainees will have the opportunity for feedback sessions with one of the Trainers.

Financial Support for Trainees

According to COST H2020 VADEMECUM (pp. 24-25), a financial support is possible for a maximum of 30 trainees who wish to apply to it. The selection of applicants is based on the application documents and form, which must clearly comply with the overall objectives of the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding available in Also, kindly note that, at all times, you all allowed to participate at your own expenses, after informing the Training School Coordinator accordingly.

The following funding conditions will apply to the 30 selected applicants and must be respected:

  • The reimbursement rate per day for accommodation and meals is EUR 160 maximum;
  • A maximum grant of EUR 1 500 will be awarded for each candidate (includes reimbursement of travel expenses)

Prior the Training School, Trainees must register on e-COST: .

The reimbursement is made after the Training School takes place.

How to apply?

Applicants must apply for participation in the Training School. Additionally, applicants can also apply for Financial Support. Trainees who wish to apply for financial support, should indicate so in the application form (cf. below in “How to apply?”). Please note that it is mandatory to submit this form if you wish to be a Trainee in the INTERFASOL Training School 2016, regardless of applying to Financial Support.

The applicant is responsible for filling in the form or sending application by email to the Training School Organiser and Coordinator of the Selection Committe Prof. Susana C. Marques – smarques (AT), attaching the following documents:

  • Application letter, highlighting the importance of the Training School for his/her research and and future career;
  • An abstract of ongoing research or current work linked to the Action’s overall theme;
  • CV.

The selection of applicants, based on the documents required for the application, must clearly comply with the overall objectives of the Action’s Memorandum of Understanding available in

When to apply?
The current call is open from February 25 till March 2, 2016. Feedback will be given by March 5, 2016. The Training School will take place in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of University of Porto, Portugal, from April 4th till April 8th 2016.

MC Chair and TS Coordinator Contacts

Prof Anne Marie Fontaine:  fontaine (at)

Prof Willy Lahaye:  willy.lahaye (at)

Prof Susana C. Marques: smarques (at)

Selection Committe
Prof Susana C. Marques (Coordinator) Email: smarques (at)

Prof Anne Marie Fontaine Email: fontaine (at)

Prof Willy Lahaye Email: willy.lahaye (at)

Prof Katharina Herlofson Email: katharina.Herlofson (at)

Annual Training School 2016 Application

To apply for training school please send to MC Chair and TS Coordinator following information or fill-in electronic form here.

First Name:

Family Name:



Phone Number:


Institutional Address:

Title of PhD:

PhD Topic (max. 500 words):

Do you wish to apply for the Financial Support (Y/N)?



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