Call for Applications

2018 Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy European Week of Regions and Cities 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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Application Deadline: 9th May 2018, 15.00 (GMT) or 16.00 (CET)

As part of the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event worldwide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers for the sixth time. Applications are being sought from PhD students and early career researchers (defined as being within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent) undertaking research related to European Cohesion Policy to attend the 2018 University Master Class.

The Master Class is a unique format to connect aspiring researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policymakers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of, and research, on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, the Master Class 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 policymakers, EU officials and senior academics;
  • raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.

The Master Class is organised and led by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). A selection panel composed of these organisations will be responsible for reviewing the applications and selecting participants.


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

  • their academic background and achievements;
  • the quality of their application and the paper abstract they submit; and
  • the broadest possible geographical and gender balance.

Please note that:

  • early career applicants must be within 5 years of finishing their PhD on the 9th May 2018 or demonstrate equivalent experience;
  • candidates who have participated in a previous edition of the Master Class are not eligible to apply;
  • only one application per person will be considered;
  • the organisers will cover and arrange travel and accommodation of all selected participants;
  • there is no fee to attend the Master Class;
  • applicants do not need to be members of the learned societies involved in the Master Class;
  • participants must attend the full programme and engage actively in all aspects of the Master Class. If participants who fail to attend the full Master Class, they must reimburse costs for travel and accommodation paid and no certificate will be given.

Application process

Applications must complete the application form and include an abstract that falls under one of the following broad themes:

1) Reshaping governance and institutional relations

2) Territorial cohesion and cooperation;

3) Policy effectiveness in response to development challenges for European regions.


Application documents to submit:

  • the completed application form (see application form under related documents- top right-hand side) your CV combined in one document (WORD or PDF) submitted via the online form
  • a certificate (uploaded in a separate PDF or WORD document) submitted via the online form:

– proving the PhD student status; or

– proving early career status (PhD certificate);

  • a portrait photo (uploaded in a separate file) submitted via the online form
  • an academic reference in support of your application must be sent separately by the referee to and be received by the closing date.

Interested current PhD students and early career researchers are requested to submit their details and the application documents via the online form at .

The application deadline is 9th May 2018, 15.00 (GMT) or 16.00 (CET). Applications and references received after this date will not be accepted.

The successful applicants will be notified by 30th May 2018 and invited to submit their full paper with a maximum of 3,000 words to the RSA by 11th September 2018.


For any questions regarding the Master Class, please contact Daniela Carl at

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy European Week of Regions and Cities

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