Call for applications: 6th European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer School

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 entitled:

“The European Neighbourhood Policy:

Principled Pragmatism and the Quest for Resilience”

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 ECPRand 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 neighbourhood 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 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 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 neighbourhoods, 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods, 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