The preparations for 2018 European Week of Regions and Cities are in full speed. In addition to the work done in Brussels by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, as well as the regional partnerships and other contributors around Europe who are planning their sessions, a call has been launched for the 2018 Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy.

For the 6th time, the Master Class will be an integral part of #EURegionsWeek. It brings PhD students and early career researchers working on EU Cohesion Policy together with policymakers, EU officials and senior academics to debate and exchange views.

The main themes covered in 2018 are:

  • Reshaping governance and institutional relations
  • Territorial cohesion and cooperation
  • Policy effectiveness in response to development challenges for European regions

Who can participate in the Master Class?

Up to 30 participants will be selected through an application process. PhD students and early career researchers (within 5 years of finishing their PhD) from EU Member States and non-EU countries can apply. Candidates who have already participated in the previous editions are not eligible to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs of the selected participants will be covered by the organisers. The participants commit to attending the full Master Class programme.

How to apply?

The application package shall include: 

  • Application form and CV
  • abstract of a paper on one of the main themes
  • Certificate of PhD student/early career status
  • photo
  • academic reference

See the Regional Studies Association website for more information and to apply. Application deadline is 9 May (16:00 CET).


Psst... Remember that the call for regional partnerships is also open. When it comes to workshops and other types of sessions, there is more room for creativity and innovative proposals than ever before. See our article about how to apply and prepare your proposal by 30 March!