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Summer School of Personality Science SSPS 2018

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Dear members of the EAPP

EAPP is proud to be the sponsor of the first Summer School of Personality Science SSPS, organized by John Rauthmann, which will take place in Zadar, right before the ECP. Please find below detailed information and the call for applications!

Best regards, Anna (EAPP secretary)


This year, the first-ever Summer School of Personality Science (SSPS) will take place in Zadar (Croatia) from July 9 to 15, right before the European Conference on Personality (ECP). The SSPS is a week-long summer school with approx. 15 graduate students (master's and PhD level) and approx. 7-9 internationally renowned experts (confirmed so far: Mitja Back, Verónica Benet-Martínez, Wiebke Bleidorn, Katie Corker, Colin DeYoung, Lars Penke, Simine Vazire). It is broadly geared towards providing cutting-edge and specialized education as well as hands-on experience to young and budding personality psychologists from all over the world. The mini-curriculum, with different 1.5- to 2-hour course formats (keynotes, seminars, workshops, panel discussions), is designed to address a broad variety of current and important topics in personality science. This year’s SSPS will cover the six topics Methodology, Relationships, Dynamics, Biology, Culture, and Development. General information on the SSPS can be found at, and a preliminary timetable of the inaugural SSPS is available at

Until February 7, we are soliciting applications from master’s and PhD students to participate in the first SSPS. Applications can be submitted after registering at Once registered, following three documents should be submitted in the system as ONE PDF file (max. 25 MB) and in English:
1. Motivation Letter
2. Letter of Recommendation
3. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The Motivation Letter (max. 1 page) should contain:
1. Your interests in personality psychology
2. Your ambitions for an academic career in personality psychology
3. Your reasons for applying to participate in the SSPS
4. How the SSPS may benefit your career and development

The Letter of Recommendation (max. 1 page) should contain:
1. How well and from what previous work the recommender knows you
2. Confirmation of Master or PhD student status
3. Evaluation of your abilities, competencies, aspirations, and motivation
4. Why you should attend the SSPS and how it may benefit you
5. Signature of the recommender

The CV (min. 1 page) may contain elements such as (each if applicable):
1. Academic Background / Education
2. Employment History
3. Honors, Awards, Stipends, Prizes
4. Teaching Experience
5. Reviewing Experience (e.g., ad hoc reviewer)
6. Conference Presentations (e.g., talks, posters)
7. Publications (e.g., journal articles, book chapters)
8. Any other information that may be deemed important

The Motivation Letter and Letter of Recommendation should each be only 1 page. Times New Roman in font size 11 or Arial in font size 10.5 are recommended. Line spacing should be no smaller than 1.5 units. Margins (top, bottom, left, right) should be no smaller than 2 cm or 0.79 inch. The CV may be as long as it needs to be, but is expected to generally stay within 1-5 pages. Its formatting can be individually chosen.

There is no student co-pay or registration fee to attend the SSPS. Board and lodging will be provided free of cost to all accepted students. Travel will usually not be covered and needs to be arranged individually. However, there is a limited number of stipends to defray travel costs for those who could not participate without. Thus, we will also ask you during the submission of your application to briefly explain whether and why you would be requesting a stipend. This information will not be used for review of applications, but is revisited and considered only once you have been accepted.

- Until February 7: Deadline for submitting application packages online
- February: Anonymous review of applications and selection of participants
- Early March: Notification of acceptance to the SSPS
- Until April 2: Deadline to confirm attendance and register online for participation

Please forward this message to colleagues and students who could be interested. If you have further questions, please contact We are looking forward to your applications and hope to welcome you soon to the first SSPS!

Best wishes,
John Rauthmann

sent on behalf of the European Association of Personality Psychology