IPAN DAAD Scholarship for US-German Summer School in International & Comparative Law

The applications will now be open in February 2017 for Summer 2017 session.

IPAN, in association with the German funding agency, DAAD awards a scholarship every year to fund one student's participation in the US-German Summer School in International and Comparative Law.

What is this Summer School?

Jointly offered by the Marquette University - Law School, the University of Wisconsin - Law School and the Justus Liebig University Giessen - Law School since 2009, the U.S. - German Summer School in International and Comparative Law has earned a global reputation for excellence. The Summer School is the flagship of law programs in international high-quality teaching at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen.

All the courses taught in English, are designed to challenge and inspire our participants in highly popular fields of international and comparative law. The course combines high-quality studies along with two overnight field trips to Munich and Berlin. In addition, students are encouraged to attend German language courses.

For complete details about the Summer School, visit the website

You may choose 2 of the 4 courses that are offered (to be confirmed by the student upon selection for the scholarship):

  • International Economic Law & Business Transaction
  • Comparative Law
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • International Intellectual Property Law
    (An optional German language course is also offered)


  1. 8 ECTS / 4 ABA credits for successfully passing the academic program
  2. 1 ECTS credit for the successfully participation in the language courses

What is covered by the scholarship?
A grant of 1000 Euros towards the course fee of 1750 Euros (the selected student will have to pay the rest 750 Euros, which includes the registration fee of 250 Euros and also cover travel costs). This scholarship grant will be inclusive of:

  • All courses including materials and a supplementary reading list
  • Accommodation at a student's dorm (single apartment with shared bathroom)
  • Health, accident and liability insurance
  • Free public transport within Giessen for the full course period
  • Free Internet Access (Ethernet in the dorms, WiFi at the Campus)
  • Field Trips: 2 three-day field trips (Munich and Berlin), Day trip to the Rhine River (optional) and other Social Events

Other benefits of the scholarship:

  • An opportunity to get published with IPAN
  • An opportunity to get involved with other projects and activities of IPAN

The selected student will have to bear:

  • 750 Euros Couse Fee (Inclusive of registration fee of 250 Euros)
  • Travel costs to and from the city of Giessen, Germany
  • Daily meals (cheap vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available for purchase in the university cafeteria. The dorms are also equipped with self-catering kitchens)

Number of Scholarships to be awarded:
There is only one grant available i.e. only one student will be selected. This number is subject to change if there is an increase in funding and will be communicated accordingly.

Who can apply?
The applying candidate should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The candidate must not be more than 25 years of age.
  • He/she must have a background in law and must have completed at least three years of his undergraduate law degree. The students pursuing Masters in Law are also eligible to apply.
  • The candidate must have a demonstrated interest in Public International Law and Comparative Law through publications, paper presentations, academic grades, internships etc.
  • The candidate must be fluent in English.

What are the selection criteria?
The selection process is highly competitive. The selected student will have a demonstrated academic commitment and a high potential to contribute to the focus areas of this summer programme. Following is an indicative list of criteria (in the order of priority) which shall be considered by the selection committee:

  • Excellent academic grades (top 5% of the class in most cases)
  • Demonstrated interest and research skills (mostly through publications)
  • Any practical experience gained (through internships and other co-curricular activities)
  • Quality of the writing sample
  • Demonstration of interest in the Personal Statement
  • A preference will be given to the early-career candidates coming from Developing and Least-Developed Countries
  • Financial need of the candidate

Important information regarding the award of scholarship:

  • The above mentioned conditions have been imposed by IPAN and may differ from the general requirements of the Summer School
  • The selected student will have to comply with the following commitments which will be communicated in detail upon selection:
    • 100% regularity in all the classes and activities of the Summer School
    • Adherence to a code of conduct during the Summer School
    • Submission of course assignments to IPAN (in addition to the Summer School assignments) as per the given schedule
    • Compulsory engagement with IPAN on one of its projects for a period of one year after the completion of Summer School
    • All other responsibilities which will be communicated upon selection

Do you have to separately apply for the Summer School through its website?
There is no requirement for a separate Summer School application. Once selected for this scholarship, the selection for the Summer School is also granted. Please note that there cannot be simultaneous applications for both the scholarship offered by IPAN and those offered by the Summer School organisers.

However, if you are willing to attend the programme even if you do not get the scholarships from IPAN or the organisers, you must apply separately from this scholarship application for the summer school through the programme website. Please note that, in such a scenario, you must disclose in your separate application that you have applied for the IPAN scholarship. This is being advised so that you can attend the programme (if selected) even if you are not selected for this IPAN scholarship.

The procedure for application:
The candidate must submit the following documents through email:

  1. A formal, two-page CV (CVs more than two-pages will be liable for an automatic rejection)
  2. A Writing Sample which must be:
    • Original and not copied in any form (all applications will go through plagiarism detection and defaulters will be blacklisted from any future considerations as well)
    • Written on any topic relevant to the focus courses of the Summer School
    • 1000-1250 words long (including the title and references)
    • Previously published or not published (if previously published, details must be mentioned under the title along with the web-link)
  3. Scanned copies of Official Transcripts (Scanned official mark sheets in case the Transcript is not available) detailing the grades obtained
  4. A Personal Statement of not more than 350 words addressing the following questions:
    • What are your future career plans?
    • Why do you wish to study these subjects?
    • How have you demonstrated an interest in these areas?
    • Why do you think you should be awarded this scholarship over others?
    • How will this experience help you in your future plans?

The applying candidate must make a declaration in one separate line at the end of the Personal Statement that he/she has not applied for any other scholarship for this summer school including those being given by the summer school organisers.

The applications will now be open in February 2017 for Summer 2017 session.

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