Call for participation - Young Scholars Workshop on Cooperatives

07 Mar 2018

The ICA CCR Young Scholars Program, the Young Scholars Initiative Working Group on Cooperatives and Cooperation, and Wageningen University & Research are convening a Young Scholar Workshop on Cooperatives on 4 July 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

To register for the workshop, apply here until 15 May, the latest. In case you want to apply for a scholarship (travel stipend and accommodation allowance) apply until 30 March, the latest.

The objective of the workshop is to give young scholars from different disciplines the opportunity to develop further knowledge and skills on current issues on Cooperatives as well as to give space for networking and exchange.

In the morning, two well-known scientists from the field of Cooperative science will give a keynote speech, followed by discussion. One keynote speech is given by Prof. Murray Fulton (“Some thoughts on co-operative governance”). A second keynote speech is given by Prof. Maryline Filippi. In the afternoon, participants will split up in parallel groups to discuss and work on a scientific case study. Results of the parallel groups will be brought back in plenary at the end of the workshop. A synthesis of the workshop results will be presented at the ICA conference.

The workshop will be preceded by a dinner and networking opportunity on Tuesday evening, 3 July. In the aftermath of the workshop on 4 July, Young Scholars are encouraged to participate in the ICA Research Conference, which starts on the evening of 4 July - to 6 July in Wageningen (

We are looking for young scholars, in particular PhD students, whose own research deals with or touches upon cooperative topics, such as resilience and sustainability of current and new cooperative models, governance of cooperatives, producer organizations in agriculture and natural resources, financial performance of cooperatives, and statistics and big data on cooperatives. The workshop will require reading preparation in advance and active engagement with the work of others during the workshop so we use the workshop to advance our research.

Registration, Costs, and Scholarships

Workshop fees are 30 Euros per participant from Europe, North America & Australia to cover the meals (one dinner, one lunch & coffee break). Students from developing countries are free of charge. We offer for a limited number of 25 young scholars travel stipends and accommodation allowances.

We offer a limited number of travel stipends and accommodation allowance (double bedroom to be shared with another participant).

Travel stipends:

Students from Europe

Up to €150

Students North America and Australia

Up to €300

Students from the rest of the world

Up to €500


To participate in the workshop registration is open until May 15 here.

To apply for a travel stipend and accommodation allowance, register here by latest March 21 2018.  Applicants will be notified by April 15. Candidates applying for scholarships will be selected on the basis of motivation and research topic.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:


Keynote speakers

Prof. Murray Fulton

Director and Fellow in Co-operatives and Public Policy

Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Prof. Maryline Filippi

Research Associate at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research

Professor, University of Bordeaux - Bordeaux Sciences Agro