10 days
700 EUR/full
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This two-week summer course 'Difficult Settings - Preparing for Fieldwork and Adjustment to Global Covid Challenges' from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam aims to provide students with a more comprehensive view of fieldwork and intends to support students in preparing for this with feedbacks from peers and lecturers.

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Most qualitative research methods courses offer designing a theoretical framework, research planning, data collection and analysis in one course within one semester. For Master and PhD students who will be doing qualitative fieldwork, many opportunities, challenges and potential risks are not discussed well enough. 

This relates for instance to finding and including respondents in your sample, but also dealing with time and delay, and even violence and other forms of sexual harassment, which are all issues that until now are hardly discussed in preparations. The most careful planning can mean little once the researcher encounters the real world. 

In addition, the knowledge, strategies and practical skills facing challenges from global pandemic and a new era of fieldwork will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Difficult Settings - Preparing for Fieldwork and Adjustment to Global Covid Challenges course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , students should be able: 

  • to provide you a broader impression and view of doing fieldwork, especially in difficult environments and situations;
  • to understand the complex everyday realities, including opportunities and difficulties, of doing fieldwork;
  • to provide insights and tools in terms of how how to cope with unexpected problems under difficult conditions;
  • to be able to reflect on your positionality, including your interactions with participants and boundaries, as a researcher in the field;
  • to enhance the capability of carrying out qualitative research in practice;
  • to be able to build an explicit fieldwork plan.

Programme Structure

Proposed topics are:
  • The research design and planning including researchers’ expectations of the fieldwork in the future.
  • Observation in the field: what to observe; everything around you is the data. Then how to choose; your own position and influence in data collection.
  • The relationship between the researcher & participants: in-depth interview about sensitive and private topics and participants with history of mental health issues;
  • Ethics in the fields: ethical considerations in terms of the proposed fieldwork, including rewards and money relations with research participants
  • Time and data management facing COVID lockdown in some fields
  • Financial support: a small grant application

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Dates session 1: 5 July – 16 July

Dates session 2: 19 July – 30 July 







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a print screen of your most recent grades is sufficient and needs to include your name and the name of your University)
The following entry requirements are set: 
  • Bachelor: at least enrolled in 1st year of Bachelor studies 
  • Advanced Bachelor: at least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies 
  • Master: at least enrolled in final year of Bachelor studies - professionals need to have a Bachelor diploma

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.
  • EU/EEA

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.

700-950 EUR


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