The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy. It has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including politicians, administrators, experts and academics. Over the last 17 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice. In 2019, the #EURegionsWeek reached a record high of more than 9000 participants and more than 330 sessions – proof of the event's relevance and potential as a platform for discussing and showcasing the development of EU cohesion policy and making decision-makers more aware of the importance of regions and cities in EU policy-making. More info:
As part of the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers for the eighth 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 2020 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 from throughout Europe to improve understanding of, and research, on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, the Master Class will serve to:
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 European Foundation (RSA Europe) 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:
Please note that:
Applications must complete the application form and include an abstract that falls under one of the following three broad themes:
Application documents to be submitted comprise:
Interested current PhD students and early career researchers are requested to submit their details and the application documents via email to office@
The application deadline is 4th May 2020, (GMT) or (CET).
Applications and references received after this date will not be accepted.
11 Oct 2020 @ 12:00 am
15 Oct 2020 @ 12:01 am
Duration: 4 days
#EURegionsWeek Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy for PhD students and early-career researchers
Square Brussels Meeting Centre