Call for Applications — 8th ENP PhD Summer School (COVID-19 update)

Understanding the challenges posed by the current situation, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe in Natolin decided to extend the application deadline for the 8th European Neighbourhood Policy Summer School to 10 May 2020.

"In Search of a New Rationale: The EU, the European Neighbourhood Policy in a Post-Brexit Order"

The Summer School entitled "In Search of a New Rationale: The EU, the European Neighbourhood Policy in a Post-Brexit Order" will take place from 28 June to 5 July 2020 at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw, and is organized by the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the Standing Group on the European Union ECPR-SGEU.

Please note that in the light of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic we are closely monitoring the situation. We will do our utmost to let the Summer School take place also this year and may have to adapt its format and programme accordingly. In case of any modification, this Call for Applications will be updated promptly.

This year’s Summer School focuses closely on EU foreign policy, broadly conceived, and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in its eastern and southern dimensions. Within the framework of EU foreign policy, political, security, economic and social developments in the EU’s neighbourhood countries will also feature saliently.

The ENP PhD Summer School aims to provide a unique programme that offers PhD candidates tailor-made lectures, advice and feedback from leading scholars and experts. It is an integral part of the programme that candidates will also have the opportunity to present their dissertation projects.

The School aims at furnishing PhD candidates with critical and deeper cross-disciplinary knowledge, as well as theoretical and methodological tools relevant to European Foreign Policy Analysis (EUFP) towards the EU’s neighbours and, at the same time, puts a strong emphasis on specific regional and domestic dynamics in the EU neighbourhood. The School is also a unique opportunity for PhD candidates and young academics to expand their personal and professional networks.


We are looking for PhD candidates who are working on topics related to EUFP and/or ENP- and EU neighbourhood-related topics. Students with a background in International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies, Comparative Politics, and EU External Relations Law are particularly encouraged to apply. A maximum of 14 PhD candidates may participate. It is preferred that participants are at least one year into their doctoral studies.


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 and experts will give lectures on a specific subject embedded in the theme of the Summer School. All selected PhD candidates will present their research and receive feedback and advice from senior scholars and their peers.

The School brings together a faculty of renowned scholars. More information about past speakers and the programme of previous Summer Schools can be found at:

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 and methodological approaches in the study of the ENP
  • The EU and the ENP post-Brexit: In search of a new rationale
  • Role concepts and the ENP
  • External perceptions of the ENP and the EU as an international actor
  • Security dilemmas in the EU’s neighbourhood
  • The politics of the ENP: evolution, revisions and future avenues
  • The EU and the ENP and the post-Arab Spring southern neighbourhood
  • EU multi-level governance and the ENP. Institutional accounts of ENP decision-making
  • The EU, the ENP and stubborn authoritarianism in the neighbourhood
  • The politics of neighbourhood association: The case of Ukraine
  • The EU, the ENP and state-building
  • The ENP and the Eastern Partnership – The Case of South Caucasus
  • The ENP and the promotion of the rule of law and anti-corruption pre- and post 2019
  • EU conflict management in the neighbourhood
  • The EU, the ENP and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • EU state and societal resilience-building in the neighbourhood
  • Migration and displacement in the neighbourhood
  • The changing EU-US relationship and its impacts on the ENP


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 Summer School. Related travel costs, insurance, or visa-related payments need to be covered by participants.

Accommodation and board

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 daily in the Natolin Restaurant. Learn more about the Natolin campus here.

How to apply

To apply, please send to the following documents in one PDF file:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to participate in the 8th ENP PhD Summer School
  • A clear and well-structured outline of your PhD project (2-3 pages maximum)
  • Your CV (2-3 pages maximum)

Deadline: 10 May 2020

All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection process by the end of May 2020.

How to contact us

European Neighbourhood Policy Chair
College of Europe Natolin campus
Ul. Nowoursynowska 84
02-797 Warsaw, Poland
+48 22 54 59 489