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

Study Trip to Brussels

24-25 October 2019

Application deadline 10th September 2019

The Europaeum is looking for ten additional postgraduates to join this annual study trip to Brussels, organised in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree European Politics and Society. It is a two-day trip to the core of the European Union institutional headquarters, consisting of a number of visits in various institutions related to the functioning of the European Union and Europe in general. It comprises meetings in the official EU institutions such as the European Commission, the Council, European External Action Service or the European Parliament, but also takes into account national representations as well as NGOs.
In 2019 three main themes that will be addressed during the meetings:
1. New political situation in the EU after the 2019 EP elections
2. European Union vis-à-vis the so-called emerging powers (e.g. China, Russia, Brazil)
3. The EU and the environmental agenda
In addition to those, the EPS students were able to identify an additional area of interest – this year the chose the topic of Transatlantic Relations. The themes indicated above have a strong rationale. The 2019 EP elections were to large extent extraordinary – the turnout across Europe was higher than usual, the far-right political parties increased their share of seats in the EP, but not at the expense of the liberal groups, the concept of Spitzenkandidat was effectively killed. It therefore created a new political environment, which would be interesting for students to have an insider look.
The second topic focusing on emerging powers has been significant already for some time. Countries such as China and Russia have not only become more assertive towards European proposals and ideas on mutual cooperation, but also aggressive in certain instances – both economically and politically. In such a context the fragmented EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy needs a closer look and re-evaluation whether it is able to be an efficient tool to address the rising powers.
Finally, the EU’s environmental agenda has also been a hot topic for a while, however the recent changes in the international order seem to have weakened EU’s global leadership in this area. Also, internally, the ambitious goals that the EU set for itself when it comes to environmental policy are contested by a number of the Member States.

Students currently enrolled on master’s or PhD courses at a Europaeum member university can apply, and this includes those who have a confirmed place (2019 onwards) on a postgraduate degree at a member university.  Successful candidates will be provided with accommodation free of charge and will be reimbursed reasonable travel expenses within Europe, with arrival in Brussels on 23 October.

Documents required by the deadline:

a completed application form (see above)

a brief statement how this trip relates to your academic work and how you envisage benefitting from it

a CV

a reference from your supervisor, or someone who can comment on your academic qualities from recent experience (this should also arrive by the deadline)

All applications and enquiries to

euroinfo@europaeum.ox.ac.uk

Calls expected soon:

Autumn events

14-16 November Classics Colloquium | Krakow

Chinese investment in Europe | Lisbon

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