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A new scholarship call will be posted in September 2019.
For regular applications, please follow the
application procedure.


This call is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research.  We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Expeditions and the University of Leuven offer a 20.000 euro scholarship fund to cover part or all of the tuition fee for the 2018 Malta Summer School. Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis, based on a research proposal.

(Note: this scholarship call only applies to the Off The Beaten Track summer sessions, for our other programs, unfortunately, we don't have grants available.)

Eligible candidates

- Undergraduate and graduate students
- PhD students
- Everyone with a genuine interest in anthropology
- Previous participants of the project

Selection is NOT based on academic merit, originality or complexity. We aim for enthusiasm, dedication and creativity. In the past years even students who were not enrolled in an anthropology program received scholarships for the project.

Selection Procedure

Candidates are invited to propose two or more creative research concepts that can be built upon fieldwork performed during one session of the summer school on Gozo (Malta).

From these proposals, the scholarship review board will select 15 candidates to work out a more detailed research plan within a deadline of two months (January/February). These 15 proposals will be ranked and scholarships will be divided according to this ranking. The top ranked proposals will be granted a full scholarship, others will receive a partial scholarship. None of the scholarships include airfare from and to Malta.

For some inspiration, please follow our Instagram account. 

In the first stage:
  • You are allowed to send in as many research ideas as you like. All submissions will compete equally.
  • Applicants are asked to be creative, and to focus on why the research is valuable.
  • Find some inspiration by following our hashtag #anthroresearchideas on Instagram.
  • Browse through www.omertaa.org to find exemplary research papers of previous participants.
  • There is a mandatory minimum of 2 proposals to be eligible.

After initial acceptance:
  • Applicants will develop further one selected submission.
  • The guidelines for this will be communicated over email.
  • Final submissions have to be in on the deadline.
How can I apply for this initial selection?

  • Send us 2 or more research concepts (but at least two!).
  • 150-250 words per research concept.
  • Submitting can only be done through this online form.
  • Use this form once per proposal, submit and reload the form to start the next proposal.
  • You will receive an automated email per submission, please read that email as it contains instructions on how to proceed.
  • Your proposals will only be accepted by our board if you also submitted your regular application form. Please follow the steps here. This application is not binding for either party.
  • The deadline for submissions (first stage) is January 5th, 2019 (GMT+1).
Please note that the number of students accepted in the program is limited. Scholarships will be granted only after the completion of the selection procedure, while registration is open to non-scholarship participants. In case you wish to join the project even if you do not receive a scholarship, we advise to register through the regular procedure as early as possible since non-scholarship slots are usually filled sooner then the scholarship deadlines.

When will you be notified?

Shortly after the deadline (January 5th), our scholarship board will decide on which 15 proposals make it to the next step. From there on you will be asked to further flesh out the selected proposal, you will get about six weeks to complete this. By mid March 2019 all candidates will be notified whether or not they received a (partial or full) scholarship.

We strongly recommend to register earlier because slots will be filled up soon. If you get a scholarship eventually, you will get it refunded.

List of selected proposals for the 2019 session:

• Burak Tasdizen - Gender in/of/around Motorcycles in Gozo: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Honda Supercubs
• Cassie DeFillipo - #metoo in Malta: Effects of the movement on rates of sexual harassment in Malta
• Chanel Lange-Maney - The Auto-Ethnography of an Emerging Cultural Anthropologist
• Chloe Guilbert-Savary - The Public Perception about Incoming Refugees in Gozo
• Diana García Catena - Bartender’s social order.
• Ella Richmond - The role of Catholicism in Maltese (/Gozitan) Volunteerism and Local Aid
• Erin Hampson - What is a safe space in Gozo?
• Gabriel Roy - An Ethnography of Perceptions of the Proposed Gozo-Malta Tunnel
• Irene Lihaug Jenssen - Religion and womanhood
• Jacob Souch - Islands at Rest: Cultural Values Concerning Sleep Among the Maltese People
• Juncheng Wen - Plants and animals in Gozo
• Lauren Reynolds - Urban Legends in Gozo
• Mariana Évora - Life on the island of Gozo during the 1960s and 70s: the tales of three locals
• Min'enhle Ncube - Negotiating Motherhood in the 21st Century
• Nicole Cyrier - Not All Pearls are From the Sea: Treasuring Indigenous Maltese Olives as a Cultural Heirloom
• Nika Senica - What scares children of Gozo?
• Rosalyn Macon - Two Clocks on the Church Exterior: One for Tradition and the Other for Time
• Sabina Carbajal - What is the role of a kazin in modern Gozitan society?
• Savyasachi Anju Prabir - Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.
• Shaoyu Tang - Fig trees
• Teddy Horowitz - Expatriate Knowledge of the Maltese Language

List of selected proposals for the 2018 session:

• Joseph Cook - A Graphic Analysis of a Gozo Farmhouse from 3 Perspectives
• Mariusz Bogacki - British expatriates in Gozo: lifestyles, fears and hopes in the face of Brexit.
• Bianca Hill - From Sea to Stomach: the Journey of a Best Catch in Gozo
• Heather Buist - What is a public park in Gozo?
• Tracey Pahor - A matter of taste? Drinking water on Gozo
• Daniel Prag - How can ethnography help parents?
• Emily Lomax - How to Eat like a Gozitan
• Reina Akamatsu - What do people in Malta usually eat and who cooks in the household?
• Dale Erwin - Island Time Caffeine
• Savyasachi Anju Prabir - The Distant Sound of a Gunshot
• Emma Letcher - Forget Me Not
• Lily Webber - The Anthropology of Ethnographers: A Glimpse into The Attitudes of Young and Emerging Anthropologists Conducting Research in Gozo, Malta
• Michelle Thorp - Commensality in the age of Air BnB
• Orel Beilinson - Religion and Society in a Maltese Village/City
• Anita Busteed - Which senses figure foremost in cultural ideals of personal beauty?
• Martina Morbidini - Springs, vineyards and water tanks: the sustainability of subsistence
• Theodore Charles - Recipe for a Culture; Stories of Gozo as Told by Food
• Anete Bertholde - Portraits of 10 people living on one street
• April Phillips - Niftakru l-log─žob / Remembering Play; site resonance for graphic novel style recounts
• Kayla C Ezell - Moors in Malta: Socio-cultural Impressions of Arabic Muslim society in Contemporary Malta