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Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO), the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Regional Studies Association (RSA),  in cooperation with the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) are inviting PHD students and early career researchers interested in European Cohesion Policy to participate in the 8th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy that will be held from 11th to 15th October 2020 in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the 18 European Week of Regions and Cities.

The European Week of Regions and Cities is a networking platform bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe and beyond, providing thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts with a marketplace for exchanging and discussing projects and issues related to regional and local development. 

It offers participants an opportunity to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs and implementing European Union cohesion policy.


Who can apply

  • PhD students from EU Member States and non-EU countries;
  • early career researchers within 5 years of finishing their PhD on 4th May 2020 or demonstrate equivalent experience.


How to apply

  • participants should submit their application form and their CV combined in one document by 24 June 2020;
  • a certificate proving the PhD student status; or proving early career status (PhD certificate);
  • a portrait photo
  • an academic reference in support of their application must be sent separately by the referee to Klara Sobekova at 
  • applications must be accompanied by abstracts of papers to be developed in one of these themes:
  1. Green Europe
  2. Cohesion and Cooperation
  3. Empowering Citizens

The successful applicants will be notified in July 2020 and invited to submit their full paper with a maximum of 3,000 words to  by 11th September 2020.

​​30 students from the EU Member States and some non-EU countries will be invited to attend the Master Class.
They will have their travel and accommodation covered by the organisers.
They are expected to attend the full programme and to engage actively in all aspects of the Master Class.


Find out more here.