Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19 Pandemic

Will the Autumn School still take place in 2020?

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to decide to postpone the Autumn School to October 2021. The exact dates will be announced shortly. We apologize for all inconveniences.

What will happen to my application?

Unless you would like to withdraw your already filed application, we will consider it as submitted for the Autumn School in October 2021 as it is. You are obviously also welcome to resubmit and updated version if you wish.

Will the rescheduled Autumn School in October 2021 be open for new applications?

Yes, the rescheduled Autumn School will allow for new applications. The new deadline will be announced in time.


Can I apply via email?

Application is only possible via the online application form. Should you encounter any problems, please contact us via: yisares[at]uni-bremen.de.

I missed the application deadline, can I still apply?

No, to ensure fair and equal chances to every applicant we can only accept applications that reached us via the online application form before the deadline on 1 May 2020, 11:59 CESP.

My research subject is only loosely connected to the subject of the Autumn school. Can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome your application, even if extractivism is just a part or an aspect of your broader research project. Please, make sure to highlight the connection of your topic and why it relates to the contents of the Autumn school in your application.

I don’t have a detailed research project yet, but I am interested in the general topic of the Autumn school. Can I still apply?

We welcome your application even if your research is in an early stage or work in progress. Please, make sure to make a convincing connection of your research interest, your focus of studies or future research project.


When do I know that I have been accepted?

The organizing committee will inform you via email by 1 June 2020.


Where will the Autumn School take place?

The Autumn School will take place at the Hanse-Wissenschaftkolleg (Institute for Advanced Study) in Delmenhorst, which lies on the outskirts of Bremen. Approximately 15 min train ride from the central station of Bremen/Germany. See a map and directions here.

Will we also visit Bremen?

Yes. We have planned one whole day in Bremen. You will have time to spend freely in town on that day.

Visa & Travel

Do I have to book my flight/train myself?

Yes. All participants are responsible for their own travel bookings, travel insurance and visa applications. Participants are asked to apply for their visas in due time.

Do I need a visa for my stay in Germany and how do I get it?

Unfortunately, in general, citizens of very many Non-EU member states require a visa to enter Germany. For further information and regulations, please refer to the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

You are responsible for your own visa application and we ask you to make sure you apply for your visa in due time.

We are happy to provide participants with a formal letter of acceptance to the Autumn School confirming the purpose of your stay. Nevertheless, please note that this does not guarantee that a visa will actually be issued. Unfortunately, YISARES 2020 does not cover any costs in connection with your visa application.

Will there be financial support for travel costs and how can I benefit from it?

YISARES does not cover costs of travel in general. However, you can apply for financial support in form of a refund of travel costs according to DAAD rates for travel allowances. Please, note that the number of travel allowances given are limited. Travel allowances will be granted depending on the number of applicable candidates and available funds. Unfortunately, participants based in Germany are not applicable for this funding. Double financing is not accepted. As funding will be granted according to the DAAD rates for travel allowances, the refund might only partially cover your travel costs.

In order to apply for financial support for travel costs, please make you sure you tick the relevant box in the application form. After you receive your letter of acceptance, we will discuss the details with you.

Please refer to the terms and conditions for further information.

Travel Insurance

For the visa application it is crucial that you give proof of income and proof of travel insurance. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides the possibility of a group contract for international insurance for health, accident and personal liability insurance while travelling (DAAD_Tarif 767). Please, find further information here: https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/plan-your-studies/health-insurance/

Accommodation and Fees

Do I have to book accommodation?

No, the organizers of the Autumn School have pre-booked a hotel for you.

Where is the hotel?

The hotel lies in the town of Delmenhorst, in very close distance to the train station.

Do I have to pay any costs for accommodation?

Due to a generous funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the costs for accommodation for participants will be covered by the organizers. Should you, however, after receiving your letter of acceptance for any reason decide not to participate in the Autumn School or be forced to cancel, you must inform the organizers at least one week in advance, so that they can cancel your hotel reservation.

Do I have to pay any participation fees?

No. We do not charge any participation fees.