CfA PhD Summer School on Neighbourhood Policy

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PhD Summer School

“Between Continuity and Change: The EU, the ENP and the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood”

to be held  at

College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw), 25 June-4 July 2014

Application deadline: 5th May 2014


Place & date

Following the success of last year’s ENP PhD Summer School at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and the EUROPE IN THE WORLD PhD summer schools which have been taking place yearly since 2010 at the University of Roskilde (Denmark), the University of Crete in Rethymno (Greece), and the Lisbon University Institute (Portugal) respectively, the European Neighborhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, is organizing the second PhD Summer School on “Between Continuity and Change: The EU, the ENP and the southern and eastern neighbourhood”, from 25 June to 4 July 2014 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw).



The event is sponsored by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe, Natolin campus, ( in collaboration with the ECPR (, the ECPR-SGEU (, the TEPSA (, and the ERC-funded BORDERLANDS project at the RSCAS at the EUI (


Subject of the summer school

The PhD Summer School will concentrate on the dynamics between the European Union (EU) and its southern and eastern neighborhoods, with a special focus on the revised European neighborhood policy (ENP) framework. It will analyze the evolution and implications of the ENP, the social and political transformations in the neighboring countries, issues related to conflict and territorial occupation, and discuss how the most recent developments in the ENP countries influence EU policies and politics.



The purpose of this summer school is to bring together and train a group of PhD students in theoretical, empirical and research-strategic issues on the subject matter, as well as encourage the exchange of their expertise. Additionally, the aim is to support the participants in furthering their research projects. The PhD Summer School invites political science applicants who specialize in various sub-disciplines, including EU studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Administration.


Structure and content details

Invited academics will give lectures in the mornings. Participants will present their own work in the afternoons.

The topics presented during the morning sessions include:

  • The Evolution of the ENP – Problems and Pitfalls
  • Research designs in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP
  • Normative Power Europe and the ENP
  • External Perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor
  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and the ENP
  • The ENP and the external dimension of EU justice and home affairs
  • The EU, the ENP and the Arab Spring
  • The ENP and European external energy policy
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The case of Ukraine
  • The EU, the ENP and conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The European Parliament´s role in the ENP
  • …..and more!

The school offers support on issues relating to the individual projects. In this respect, students are expected to circulate their paper before each presentation, and each presentation will be assigned to a discussant/lecturer that is supposed to prepare a number of specific comments. All of the students’ presentations will be followed by substantive discussions about how to improve their research theoretically and with regards to the case studies and the evidence used.



The regular fee is EUR 200. Fees include attendance in all sessions of the summer school, the welcome icebreaker session, participants’ kit with stationary material, and tea/coffee breaks.

Please note that the ENP Chair provides the 20 best applications with a grant covering accommodation and full board. Participants cover the costs of travel.


A maximum of 20 PhD students may participate. Participants should most preferably be at least one year into their studies.

To apply, please send in one PDF file:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to participate
  • A brief outline of your PhD project (2-3 pages maximum)
  • Your CV (2-3 pages maximum)

by 5th May 2014 to Ms. Maja Olszewska at . All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection by 15May 2014 at the latest.