Training Schools

Aim & regulations

Training Schools aim to facilitate capacity building on a topic relevant to the YONG-IN through the delivery of intensive training on a new or emerging subject. They can also offer familiarisation with unique methodologies or expertise. Training schools are typically, although not exclusively, considered to be for the benefit of junior researchers and PhD students. 

COST supports the participation of two categories of participants, trainers and trainees. To apply for a grant, trainees must be admitted to a PhD programme, or affiliated to a higher education or research institution in a COST Member country as postdoctoral fellows or academic staff members. Applications are evaluated by the Organising Committee of the Training School. 

The grant is awarded to support covering travel, accommodation and meal expenses. The reimbursement of incurred accommodation, meals, and local travel expenses in the country where the Training School takes place is paid as one item known as daily allowance. The daily allowance rate is determined based on the country where the event takes place. The daily allowance rates can be found on the COST website at

Coming training schools

Communicating Science in a way you didn’t learn in academia

Enhancing skills to communicate research on transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral
disadvantage in youth to non-scientists

 Venue and Date:

May 2021 (depending on the COVID situation the place and date can be subject to change)

The training school addresses the need of researchers in the field of inclusion of disadvantaged youth in societies for skills to successfully reach out to other than academic groups, including young people.

To develop these skills, the training school will cover a range of communication channels, such as social media, (digital) story –telling with and for young people, journalism, policy briefs, infographics and public campaigns.  In-depth learning by doing will be assured by applying the knowledge gained through inputs to the subject of the Young-in action. The training school is about bringing the topic into the right format, so it is providing a specialised training focusing on the main topics of the action. Participants will bring a topic of the action to the training school so that this topic can be worked with in the various sessions.

One output of the training school will be a book on Communicating Science on transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth to non-scientists, with theoretical inputs as well as examples of practical implementation and with use of innovative formats.

Programme overview (preliminary)

Application form

Please send your application to Mr Tõnu Idnurm

Deadline for submission: 02.04.2021

Passed training schools

„The origins, development and changing demands of education and welfare in 21st century “, Tallinn, Estonia , 2- 5 April, 2019.

The training school was organised jointly by the COST YOUNG-IN, Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life Course Studies and Estonian Doctoral School of Behavioural, Social and Health Sciences. Three days were filled with intensive lectures, seminars and reading delivered by professor Jane Gingrich, Magdalen College of University of Oxford. The fourth day was devoted discussing the concept and measurement of youth transition regimes guided by professor Anu Toots and associated professor Triin Lauri, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University.

COST YOUNG-IN provided 12 grants for PhD students and young scholars from Moldova, Spain, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Estonia.

“The three-day seminar given by Prof. Jane Gingrich provided a rich, sophisticated and critical account on how educational policies entangled and interrelated with social welfare system throughout the world. The seminar was all the more useful and insightful for those who study the evolution of education and social welfare in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of post-socialist transformation. The comparison of West and East stimulated vivid and thought-provoking discussions.”

(Petru Negura, participant, Free International University of Moldova, Chisinau)

“I was overwhelmed by the contents and the participants of the training school. It was very participative and intensive… I got what I was looking for!”

(Wagaw Berihun University of Applied Sciences and Arts North-Western Switzerland)