Alpbach, Austria

7th European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer School

when 15 August 2019 - 21 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week

The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) in collaboration with the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), welcome applications for the

7th ENP PhD Summer School:

“The EU and its Southern and Eastern Neighbourhoods: Reconciling Liberty and Security”

The Summer School will take place from 15 to 21 August 2019 in the mountainous Alpine village of Alpbach (Austria) and will be an integral part of the prestigious European Forum Alpbach (EFA) – an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture, connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society with committed young people and an interested audience.

The European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer School, organised annually by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe in Natolin, is a unique initiative aimed at supporting PhD candidates in developing their research on topics related to the European Union’s foreign policy with a specific focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and/or related to the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods, i.e. North Africa and the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

The 2019 PhD Summer School is directed by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe in Natolin , in collaboration with the EFA and the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) , and with the support of the Standing Group on EU Politics of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR-SGEU) , and the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA).

A maximum of 14 PhD students may participate. It is preferred that participants are at least one year into their doctoral studies. To apply, please complete the online application form available on the website until 30 April 2019. The application file to be submitted should contain, in one PDF file:

- A cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the 7th ENP PhD Summer School and the EFA 2019;
- A clear and well-structured outline of your PhD project (3 pages maximum);
- Your CV (3 pages maximum)

Course aim

The aim of the ENP PhD Summer School is to provide PhD students with a unique programme combining lectures by world leading scholars, experts and practitioners, with the opportunity to present their PhD projects and benefit from expert advice and tailor-made feedback. It is destined to familiarize and deepen PhD students’ cross-disciplinary knowledge of European Foreign Policy analysis towards the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours, make them aware of specific regional and domestic dynamics in the EU’s neighbourhood, and equip them with relevant methodological and conceptual tools. In addition, the School helps PhD students and young academics to expand their personal and professional networks and benefit from the many high-level events that take place during the EFA 2019.

Fee info

EUR 0: We are looking for PhD students working on European Foreign Policy (with a particular focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy) and/or PhD students working on political, security and socio-economic issues in North Africa and the Middle East, Eastern Europe or the South Caucasus. We encourage in particular students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies (i.e. Middle East Politics or East European Politics), Comparative Politics, and EU External Relations Law.

All students who complete the Summer School will receive an attendance certificate. Participants seeking credit at their home institution may request a “detailed certificate” including the detailed Summer School programme accomplished.

Successful applicants will benefit from a full participation scholarship for the entire period of the Forum (14-30 August 2019) and benefit from free accommodation (incl. breakfast) and a small daily allowance. Successful candidates may also apply for a limited number of travel grants.

Participation in the ENP PhD Summer School automatically allows successful candidates to participate in and benefit from all EFA 2019 events. Overall, successful candidates are expected to participate in all sessions of the ENP PhD Summer School (15-21 August 2019) and for at least six days in EFA events (22-30 August 2019). Summer School sessions will commence on 15 August and run until 21 August (incl.).

Potential insurance expenses or visa-related payments need to be covered by participants.