Applications for Workshops, Events and other Opportunities

For the events listed below please apply by the given deadline using our generic application form

Please submit all your documents in English.

Applications should consist of

  • a completed application form (link above)
  • a motivation letter
  • one or two references (including at least one from your supervisor)
  • a brief CV, and
  • a one-page abstract of your proposed paper (if papers are asked for and you want to give one)

Please note that we can only accept applications from students currently enrolled on a postgraduate course at one of our member institutions. In the case of Summer Schools and events in early autumn we may be able to accept applications from students who have  graduated from one of our member institutions that same calendar year, or are about to start a postgraduate course at one of those universities.

Please see our Guidance for Applicants at the bottom of this page
External and internal challenges to European integration. Interpreting security in times of crisis.

Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Institute of European Studies

22-24 November 2018

The last decade has brought the European Union into the state of existential crisis, stimulated by highly polarized relations between and within the EU institutions and the Member States. Indeed, with proliferation of challenges such as the “migration crisis”, Brexit, or re-emergence of radical nationalism, populism, and euroscepticism, the EU’s political climate has become increasingly contentious, hindering some of the key areas of European integration. Consequently, the EU public opinion has begun to question the ability of its political elites to manage or stabilize the events and processes, which have proved to be “overwhelming, disorienting or even terrifying to European citizens” (State of the Union 2016). In the midst of this uncertain political climate the narratives of security have quickly gained prominence in the European and domestic political discourses, becoming one of the focal points of the discussion on the fundamental aspects of the integration and the future of the European project.

In this workshop, building on critical perspective we aim to discuss how different notions and interpretations of security intertwine in discourses on internal, external and transversal challenges to European integration. With the help of research inspired by but not limited to political science, security and military studies, sociology, law, history, and European studies we seek to unpack the dynamics of contestation of such notions as mobility, identity or nationalism vis-à-vis security and explore how they influence our understanding of European integration. The purpose of the discussion is not so much to look at differences between challenges but to explore how these challenges are interwoven within the common theme of security.

The event starts around 2.30pm on 22nd November and finishes after lunch on 24th November. The Europaeum will pay for travel (within Europe) and accommodation for 2 nights.

We can accept applications from current postgraduates at our member institutions.

HOW TO APPLY

The following documents are required for applying to this event:

  • a completed application form (link above)
  • a CV
  • one or two references (ideally one from your supervisor)
  • a brief statement explaining why you are applying for this event and what you are hoping to gain from participating. It would be helpful if you could also include a brief paragraph about your research interest/thesis project

Please email these to the Europaeum Office (Susanne) on administrator@europaeum.org by 15th October 2018

We are not looking for papers/abstracts for this event, but participants will be asked to write a brief op-ed after the workshop.

GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Who can apply for Europaeum events and opportunities?

Generally speaking, any graduate who is currently enrolled on a course with one of our member universities can apply. Historically we have only invited students from the Humanities and Social Sciences to apply, but with courses and research topics becoming more and more interdisciplinary, we are opening up the invitations to those from other disciplines as well. However, it should be stressed that the reason for applying given in the application should bear as much relevance as possible to the theme of the event, or in the case of bursaries, a strong case for wanting to do research in the field of European Studies should be made to ensure being competitive. There are rare occasions where the theme of an event that the Europaeum is associated with relates to non-European topics, and in those cases we look for the closest relevance to the topic.

Criteria

Academic quality: we look for strong students with good previous and on-course marks who can argue their point well and write in good English.
CV: you should list your education thus far (with grades), and work experience. You can add any volunteer work you may have done, and skills that you have gained. Information about your English language skills will be useful.
References: your referee should comment on your academic qualities and achievements, and if at all possible, should give an indication of where you rank in your year’s cohort.
Proposal/personal statement: This should be as concise and yet detailed as possible. We are looking for you making a coherent and convincing case for why you want to participate (or get a bursary). Your academic background and research interest in European Studies should be explained and much as possible within the limited space of the statement, and how the event or bursary trip would help you with your current research. In the case of applying for a bursary, you should be as clear as possible about how you are planning to spend your time during the trip, what you are expecting to achieve, and why the resources in that particular location are vital for your academic work.

Decision-making process

Our decision-making process is trying to be as fair and transparent as possible. All applications are considered, and we aim to have a minimum of two, if not three, assessors. Where possible we involve assessors from more than one member university.
We are sorry that we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Incomplete applications

Not all applications are requested to be sent to the Europaeum office, as some member universities handle their own admissions internally. In those cases we have no control over what happens when applications are incomplete. But if your application was sent to the Europaeum office and is incomplete by the deadline we will get in touch with you as soon as we can to make you aware. The most frequent issue is missing references and we would ask you to chase these up so that we can have them within 2-3 days after the deadline.

Please make sure that you have all other documents included with your application. There is a standard set that we expect: Application form, CV, proposal/letter of motivation, a piece of written work, and evidence of your latest grades (plus references, as mentioned above). Where paper proposals are invited, an abstract is also required, providing you would like to give a paper.


COSTS & REIMBURSEMENTS
For all events on this page the Europaeum covers travel costs to the location, except where indicated clearly that this is not the case. In most cases this means that once you have received confirmation of a place on the event, you will be asked to book your travel within a week and send the receipts to us. The limited time frame is intended to make sure that travel costs are kept to a minimum by booking flights as early as possible. In some rare cases the flights will be booked for you, but this will be clearly indicated to you.
Where travel costs are reimbursed the Europaeum will make a bank transfer into your bank account on the first day of the event, once confirmation has been received that you have arrived. If you cancel your attendance without a medical certificate, the travel costs will not be reimbursed.
Please note that we can only cover travel within Europe and we usually expect to cover travel costs from a student’s home university to the event. Students who need to travel from further afield should enquire with the Europaeum office whether it is possible that a contribution is made to their flight costs to the equivalent of another student’s flight from the same university. Where the event is happening at your home university, we do not cover travel costs. Equally, we reserve the right to query a scenario where a student is clearly trying to use the travel cost reimbursement system to cover a trip to their home country for a holiday.
Accommodation is always provided by the organising institution, but please note that this is often shared (twin) accommodation. We would like to ask participants not to bring guests along, even if they don’t attend the event itself. Our philosophy is that the social elements of a workshop is as important as the academic bit, and that this is where useful connections are formed for the future. Personal guests tend to be a distraction that isolates one participant from the group.

CERTIFICATES
Under certain circumstances participants of our events can get a certificate. Find out more