PhD Summer School - European Neighbourhood Policy, 16-21 August 2018, Austria


May 10, 2018

Event Date:

August 16, 2018 - August 21, 2018

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The European Neighbourhood Policy: Principled Pragmatism and the Quest for Resilience

The European Neighbourhood Policy Chairat the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) welcome applications for the 6thENP PhD Summer School. The PhD Summer School will take place from 16 to 21 August 2018 in the framework of the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) in the mountainous village of Alpbach (Austria) and is an integral part of EFA which takes place from 15 August until 31 August 2018. Selected participants will attend the PhD Summer School and participate in the EFA for at least another six days once the PhD Summer School is over. The event is organized with the support of the ECPR and TEPSA.

Rationale and purpose

As every year, also this year’s PhD Summer School focuses closely on EU foreign policy (EUFP) more generally and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in its eastern and southern dimensions in particular, as well as on political, security, economic and social developments in the EU’s neighborhood partner countries. The aim of the ENP PhD Summer School is to provide PhD students with a unique programme combining lectures by 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 EUFP analysis towards the EU’s neighbors, make them aware of specific regional and domestic dynamics in the EU’s neighborhood, 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 2018.

This year’s ENP PhD summer school revolves around the notion of ‘principled pragmatism’ and the EU’s quest for resilience in its two neighborhoods, drawing on the EU’s Global Strategy of 2016 and the overarching theme of EFA 2018, which is ‘Diversity and Resilience’. The 2018 edition of the ENP PhD Summer School will bring together both junior academics to present their on-going doctoral projects related to the ENP and/or EU neighborhood dynamics as well as senior scholars who will offer feedback and lectures. The ENP PhD Summer School will concentrate on analyzing conceptually and empirically the dynamics between the European Union and its eastern and southern neighborhoods, with a special focus on the nexus between the EU Global Strategy and the 2015 ENP and the EU’s quest for state and societal resilience beyond the EU’s borders. While the promotion of democracy and security have been at the core of the EU’s transformative engagement in its neighborhoods for many years, the adoption of the revised ENP in late 2015 added the promotion of state and societal resilience to the EU’s foreign policy objectives in its near abroad’. Understanding the interaction between the focus on resilience and ‘principled pragmatism’ on one hand and the transposition of EU norms and values on the other is central to the analysis of EU neighbourhood policies and their impact on social and political transformations.

Speakers and themes

The School brings together a faculty of renowned scholars. Further information on previous editions of the PhD Summer School and respective speakers can be found at Two keynote lectures will be given by H.E. Ambassador Thomas MAYR-HARTING (Managing Director Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service) and H.E. Ambassador Pierre VIMONT (former Secretary General of the European External Action Service).

Topics to be addressed include, among others: # Research design in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP # The new ENP and the EU Global Strategy # Democratisation and the Arab Spring # The EU, the ENP and the Limits of Normative Power Europe # The politics of neighbourhood association: The case of Ukraine # Migration and displacement in the EU neighbourhood # The EU and the South Caucasus # The ENP and the Eastern Partnership # Perceptions of the ENP and of EU norms and values promotion, and many more. 

Eligibility, Certification, and Costs

PhD students working on EUFP, ENP- and EU neighborhood-related topics are welcomed. Students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies, and EU External Relations Law are encouraged. 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. Certificates will be delivered either in person at the end of the Summer School or sent to students’ home institutions upon request.

Successful applicants will benefit from a full participation scholarship by the EFA for the entire period of the Forum (15-31 August 2018). Once accepted, PhD students who can provide a proof of receiving student grant/student loan at their home university may apply for a scholarship covering accommodation (incl. breakfast) and some pocket money. Participation in the ENP PhD Summer School automatically allows successful candidates to participate in and benefit from all EFA events. Overall, successful candidates are expected to participate in all sessions of the ENP PhD Summer School (16-21 August 2018) and for at least six days in EFA events (21-31 August 2018). Summer School sessions will commence on 16 August and run until 21 August (incl.). Related travel costs, insurance, or visa-related payments need to be covered by participants.Self-funding participants can benefit from accommodation provided by the organizers, including breakfast, at a favorable rate of EUR30 / night.

How to apply

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 The application file to be submitted together with other requested information should contain, in one PDF file:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the 6thENP PhD Summer School and the EFA 2018;
  • A clear and well-structured outline of your PhD project (2-3 pages maximum);
  • Your CV (2-3 pages maximum)

All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection shortly after the end of the deadline.

About the ENP Chair at the College of Europe Natolin and the European Forum Alpbach (EFA)

The ENP Chair at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe – the oldest post-graduate university institute world-wide with a focus on the study of the process of European integration – was created on 1 July 2012 and within a short period of time has become an academic centre of excellence, focusing on the analysis of the EU’s ENP and the EU’s 16 neighbourhood partner countries. This is reflected in the many books, research articles, book chapters and policy papers that it has published in prominent outlets as well as in the numerous academic activities it organizes. More information on the ENP Chair and the College of Europe Natolin can be found here: Information on past ENP PhD Summer Schools can be found here: 

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture.Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and its events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. EFA connects international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people. Its goal is to create a dialogue across the generational, ideological and other lines that divide people and societies. More information on the European Forum Alpbach can be found here:

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April 25, 2018
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