Dear colleagues,
It is my pleasure to inform you about a funded career development opportunity 
for current PhD students and early career researchers- please see below.
Please feel free to forward to suitable candidates.
With best wishes and thanks,

2018 European Week of Regions and Cities - 6th Master Class on EU Cohesion 
Policy for PhD students and early career researchers
7-11 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

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)<>.


30 attendees from EU Member States and non-EU countries will be invited to 
attend and
will have their travel and accommodation booked and paid for.

Membership of the RSA, ERSA or AESOP is not a requirement for participants.

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 

The application deadline is 9th May 2018, 15.00 (GMT) or 16.00 (CET).
For more details, please go to<>

Daniela Carl
Deputy Chief Executive

Regional Studies Association<>
Sussex Innovation Centre | Falmer | Brighton BN1 9SB | United Kingdom
tel: +44(0)1273 698 017|mobile: +44(0)78 6697 8418
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