College of Europe (Natolin) 5th ENP Phd Summer School call for applications (College of Europe Natolin)

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5th ENP PhD Summer School, 21-30 June 2017

“In Search of Resilience in the EU and its Neighbourhoods: Reconciling Democracy and Security?”

College of Europe, Natolin campus, Warsaw

Application deadline: 25 March 2017

About the Summer School

The European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe, Natolin campus, welcomes applications for the 5th ENP PhD Summer School, entitled: “In Search of Resilience in the EU and its Neighbourhoods: Reconciling Democracy and Security?”. The Summer School will take place from 21st to 30th of June 2017 at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw).

It is sponsored by the ENP Chair of the College of Europe, Natolin campus (, in collaboration with the ECPR ( and the ECPR-SGEU (, and the TEPSA (

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As every year, also this year’s 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 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



We are looking for PhD students working on EUFP, ENP- and EU neighbourhood-related topics. We encourage in particular students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies, and Comparative Politics.


The ENP PhD Summer School will be held at the Natolin campus of the College of Europe and will focus on both the eastern and the southern dimension of the ENP. Each day, invited academics will give lectures on a subject related to the theme of the Summer School.  Participating PhD students will present their research and receive feedback and advice from their peers as well as present scholars. Due to the diversity of the academic programme, the feedback will be offered by different speakers each day.

The School brings together a faculty of renowned scholars, among others Knud Erik Jorgensen (University of Aarhus), Christopher Browning (University of Warwick), Sharon Pardo (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Laure Delcour (CASCADE), Peter Van Elsuwege (University of Ghent), Theofanis Exadaktylos (University of Surrey), Tobias Schumacher (College of Europe, Natolin campus). The key note lecture will be given by H.E. Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting (Managing Director Europe and Central Asia, EEAS).

Topics to be addressed during the Summer School include, among others:

  • Research design in the study of European integration, EU foreign policy and the ENP
  • Conceptual approaches in the study of the ENP
  • What kind of power? Role concepts, the ENP and ‘Normative Power Europe’
  • External Perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor
  • Security dilemmas in the European Union’s neighbourhood
  • EU multi-level governance and the ENP. Institutional accounts of ENP decision-making
  • The ENP and Democracy Promotion
  • The politics of neighbourhood association: The case of Ukraine
  • The EU and state-building in the southern neighbourhood
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The Case of South Caucasus
  • The role of civil societies in conflicts in the neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • State and societal resilience in the EU and its neighbourhood
  • Migration and displacement in the European neighbourhood
  • ….and many more.


Framed by a truly topical and contested theme of reconciling the European Union’s and its neighbours’ search for democracy and security in view of growing internal instability and external security challenges, the 2017 edition of the ENP PhD Summer School will bring together both research on, and researchers from, the EU and its neighbourhoods to discuss their doctoral projects in the context of the outlined problematique.

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 democracy and security, state and societal resilience.

Both democracy and security are at the core of the EU’s transformative engagement in its neighbourhoods. Since 2014, and particularly with the adoption of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy strategy in 2015, state and societal resilience have come to supplement the EU’s multifaceted engagement in neighbourhood state-building, regional economic and development-related stabilisation initiatives, including the increased cooperation on internal and external security challenges. Understanding the perplexing nature of the democracy-security nexus in the emerging meta-political framework of the EU’s resilience strategy is central to the analysis of the social and political transformations in Europe and its neighbourhoods.


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.


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

Accommodation and Lodging

The Natolin campus of the College of Europe is situated in a 120-hectare historical park and nature reserve, formerly the Royal hunting palace of Natolin, located in the southern part of Warsaw, Poland. Participants will be offered single rooms in one of the two student residences on the campus. The meals will be served on a daily basis in the Natolin Restaurant.

How to apply ?

A maximum of 18 PhD students may participate. It is preferred that participants are at least one year into their doctoral studies.

To apply, please send in one PDF file:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the 5th ENP PhD Summer School
  • A clear and well-structured outline of your Ph.D. project (2-3 pages maximum)
  • Your CV (2-3 pages maximum)

by 25 March 2016 to Ms. Maja Olszewska at

All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection by the end of the first week of April at the latest.

How to contact us

European Neighbourhood Policy Chair

College of Europe, Natolin campus

Nowoursynowska 84

02-797 Warsaw, Poland