2017 Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy

Deadline: 9 May 2017
Open to: PhD students from the EU Member States and non-EU countries
Venue: Brussels, Belgium


As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers for the fifth time between 8 and 12 October 2017. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, it will serve to:

  • Discuss recent research on European regional and urban development and EU Cohesion Policy;
  • Enable PhD students and early career researchers to exchange views and network with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics;
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.


30 PhD students from the EU Member States and non-EU countries will be invited to attend the Master Class based on:

1) Their academic background and achievements;
2) The quality of their application and the abstract they submit; and
3) The broadest possible geographical and gender balance.


The organisers will cover travel and accommodation expenses of all participants. Participants are expected to attend the full programme and to engage actively in all aspects of the Master Class.

How to apply?

Interested PhD students and early career researchers are requested to submit applications to [email protected] by the deadline of 9 May 2017, 3pm BST. Applicants must present the necessary documents, their research interests and the contribution that participation would make to their career. Applications must be accompanied by abstracts of papers to be developed on one of these themes:

1) Resilient regions and cities: What local and regional strategies have proved successful in addressing the economic crisis and providing resilience? What lessons have regional and local authorities learned from the crisis and how has EU Cohesion Policy contributed to these lessons?
2) Governance of regional local development: How does EU Cohesion Policy influence “good governance” and innovation in the public sector?
3) Sharing knowledge across borders: How does EU Cohesion Policy facilitate learning between regions and cities and what are future directions in this respect?

Additionally to the application form, the following elements are needed: a CV; a certificate proving the PhD student status or a copy of the PhD certificate; a portrait photo (separate file); and a passport or ID card number.

For more information please visit the official website.

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