ENP PhD Summer School

The ENP PhD Summer School aims at deepening PhD students’ cross-disciplinary knowledge of EU foreign policy towards the EU’s neighbours, make them aware of specific domestic and regional dynamics in the EU’s neighbourhoods, and equip them with relevant methodological and conceptual social science tools. In addition, the School helps young academics to expand their personal and professional networks.

Thematic focus

Every year the School revolves around a selected theme which corresponds to current challenges and/or developments in the overarching framework of the EU’s relations with its “near abroad”. For example, the theme of the 2017 School is “In Search of Resilience in the EU and the Neighbourhoods: Reconciling Democracy and Security?”, linking it to the adoption of the 2016 EU Global Strategy and the ENP Review of 2015. Generally, the School addresses the role of the EU as an international actor in its southern and eastern neighourhoods, analyses the evolution and impact of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), as well as the extent to which local, national and regional dynamics in the neighbourhood affect EU policies and politics. Accordingly, the School has a tri-dimensional outlook: it analyses EU foreign policy-making and implementation, it examines the actions and behaviours of EU agents in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods, and it scrutinises political and socio-economic developments in ENP partner countries and their impact on the EU and its ENP.

Eligibility and Costs

We invite applications from PhD students working on topics related to the European Union’s foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, as well as social, economic and political developments in the EU’s eastern and southern neighbourhoods. We encourage in particular students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies, and Comparative Politics.

The selected participants benefit from a full tuition fee waiver and are offered board and lodging at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe throughout the duration of the Summer School. Related travel costs, insurance, and visa-related payments need to be covered by participants.

Read more about the applications.