Call for Applications: Milan Annual Training School 2016


COST Action IS1311

Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe

Annual Training School 2016

Call for Applications

Catholic University of Milan

23th – 27th May 2016

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Deadline for applications:  NOTE, DEADLINE EXTENDED!

New deadline: March 20, 2016

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As indicated in its Memorandum of Understanding, INTERFASOL foresees the organization of several training schools, programmed 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 domains of life. It is also intended to contribute to the development of high quality future intergenerational family solidarity programmes and research and plan new research pathways.

The INTERFASOL annual training schools provide the most up-to-date knowledge and methods in this field, putting a strong emphasis on research methods for social sciences and offering interdisciplinary activities with a focus on policy issues. These are international programmes and therefore all courses are in English. Participants can expect a series of lectures by leading international scholars.

Program for the 2016 Edition (short version)

Core Courses

Theme: multidisciplinary perspectives in intergenerational family solidarity research

  • Developmental psychology perspectives (Ph. D. Isabelle ALBERT – University of Luxembourg, G.D. of Luxembourg);
  • Health, society and ethics perspectives (Ph. D. Fabrice GZIL – Foundation Médéric Alzheimer in Paris, France);
  • Economical perspectives (Ph. D. Federico PERALI – University of Verona, Italy);
  • Sociological perspectives (Ph. D. Eric WIDMER University of Geneva – Switzerland);


Morning session

Part 1

Presentation of the trainer’s research field related with the interest of intergenerational family solidarity (INTERFASOL) : focus on concepts, methods, instruments and research paradigms.

Part 2

Trainer’s illustrations of a corpus of researches (questions, methods, instruments, results) focused on INTERFASOL interest.

Afternoon session

Part 1

Trainees’ sub-groups sessions are organized, inviting to present and discuss their own ongoing research or current work linked to the action theme. Each trainee will be given the opportunity to introduce and discuss her/his work based on the abstract attached in the application form. Each sub-group is tutored by a senior researcher and member of the Action COST.

Part 2

During the second part of the afternoon, trainees present the results of their discussions in a plenary session. The trainer of the day’s session comments the presented results

Full program of the COST Training School is here: it is important for candidates to have a look to the program and be aware of the contents of the Training School before applying for it.


Who can apply?

PhD students and Early Stage Researchers (ESR). The Training Schools will also be open to the Action members and selected experts.
Trainees come from European COST countries, or from an approved NNC (see the list of eligible countries).

During the Training Schools, the trainees will have the opportunity to present their research work for discussion (strongly encouraged); the alternative is to make a short presentation, having later a moment for personal and short feedback by the Trainers.

Financial Support for Trainees

According to COST H2020 VADEMECUM (pp. 24-25), a financial support is possible for a maximum of 11 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 11 selected applicants and must be respected:

  • The reimbursement rate per day for accommodation and meals is EUR 160 maximum (five Training School days – 800€);
  • Up to EUR 300 may be attributed for the travel expenses;
  • A maximum grant of EUR 1 100 will be awarded

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


How to apply?

Applicants must apply for participation on the Training School. Adittionally, applicants can also apply for Financial Support. Trainees who wish to apply for financial support, should indicate so in the application form. 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 it to Training School Coordinator Prof. Willy Lahaye (willy.lahaye (at), with Chair Prof Anne Marie Fontaine in cc (fontaine (at) If you choose to send your application by email, please, remember to attach the following documents:

  • Motivation Letter, highlighting the importance of the Training School for his/her research and for his/her own training and career;
  • An abstract of ongoing research or current work linked to the Action overall theme you wish to discuss during the Training School (approximately 3 000 characters including spaces);
  • CV;
  • Publication List.

The selection of applicants is based on the application which 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 15th till March 20th 2016. The Training School will take place on 23th– 27th May 2016.


MC Chair and TS Coordinator Contacts

Prof Anne Marie Fontaine:  fontaine (at)

Prof Willy Lahaye:  willy.lahaye (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)?

Motivation letter, highlighting the importance of the Training School for his/her research and for his/her own training and career

Abstract of ongoing research or current work (3 000 characters including spaces):


CV with the list of publications.



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