Amsterdam Summer School What Future for Social Europe?

Call for applications

Date and location

Start: Tuesday 6th June 2023 (14.00)

End: Friday 9th June 2023 (17.30)

Location: University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


General information

This Summer School, organised by the University of Amsterdam, will give the opportunity to investigate and discuss the most salient and recent issues related to the social dimension of the EU integration process. By gathering key experts in the domain of European social and employment policies, public perceptions of the EU, European labour law and European economic governance, the School offers up-to-date insights into the latest developments of EU social policies and social rights. What are the social entitlements European citizens can benefit of as members of the EU? How does the EU reinforce and affect social rights? Why do we need social rights at EU level and how are these rights enforced and exercised in practice? How does EU social policy interact with national policies?


Participants will also present their own research during three conference panels, for which they are encouraged to submit papers. Paper subjects should fall within the general theme of the Summer School, i.e. EU social policies and social rights, and related national developments. Experienced academics from different backgrounds (economics, social and political sciences and law) will be chairing the panels and discussing the papers submitted by the participants.


This summer School is organized under the Horizon 2020 project EUSOCIALCIT which studies the state of social rights in the EU and the role of the EU in the future development of social rights. EUSOCIALCIT is an ambitious interdisciplinary research project conducted by a consortium of eight academic institutions and an international think tank on EU affairs. The summer School targets PhD students, post-docs and highly motivated early-stage researchers. Selected participants are expected to share knowledge, participate actively in debates and in multidisciplinary working groups, present their research and ideas, and give feedback to other participants.


How to apply:

Please send your CV, a short motivation letter and an abstract (300 words) about your paper/current research via the application form.


The papers are expected to discuss EU social policies, social entitlements, and European social rights, and/or their relationships with national developments. Papers dealing with European social citizenship and/or papers dealing with available enforcement and instrumental resources which help to reinforce the applicability of labour and social rights are also welcomed. Finally, papers analysing citizens’ and stakeholders’ perceptions of social Europe fit well with  the Summer School. The papers will be presented during the summer School in the interactive presentation sessions. Participants are supposed to submit their papers a week prior to the beginning of the School to enable the discussants to read the drafts and to provide written comments.


Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the their CV and motivation, the thematic focus of their academic work and the quality of abstracts submitted. In the selection process a balance will be sought between applicants from various European regions. EUSOCIALCIT shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in the selection of participants for the event.


Costs & funding possibilities

Participation is free of charge. However, participants will have to cover their own travelling expenses (incl. accommodation in Amsterdam). EUSOCIALCIT can cover the travel costs (up to €500) of a limited number of successful applicants who otherwise would not be able to attend the Summer School. Participants who want to benefit from the travel support will need to justify their need for the travel grant when filling in the application form.



Successful applicants will take part in the summer School in person. The official language is English and no simultaneous translation will be provided.


A draft programme of the Summer School can be found here: Amsterdam Summer School Programme.


Deadline for application

Applications are due by 1st of April 2023.

Selected applicants will be notified of admission by 15th April 2023.


Contact persons

Nuria Ramos Martin (n.e.ramosmartin@uva.nl)

Dorota Lepianka (d.a.lepianka@uva.nl)