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

25 June - 4 July 2014
College of Europe, Natolin Campus, Warsaw

Supported by:
Standing Group on European Union
Application deadline
5 May 2014
Further information and booking

Target Audience

A maximum of 20 PhD students may participate. Participants should most preferably be at least one year into their studies. 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 specialise in various sub-disciplines, including EU studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Administration.


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 analyse 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.


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

Contact Maja Olszewska

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 15 May 2014 at the latest.