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Call for applications

PhD research workshop, University of Toulouse 1 Capitole Toulouse, France, 20-21 April, 2023

ENGAGE.EU is an alliance of leading European universities in business, economics, law and social sciences, which aims to provide European citizens with the set of skills and competencies they need to face the challenges of the future. This two day PhD research workshop aims to let PhD students from the ENGAGE partner universities benefit from the ENGAGE network. To maximise the opportunities for feedback and networking, senior scholars from all partner universities will also be invited in the event.

PhD research workshop

This event will bring together PhD students and post-doctoral researchers from the 9 partner universities. The aim is to deepen the discussion on research projects and to develop ideas in relation to the three societal themes listed below.

Participants can apply to join one of the three interdisciplinary “thematic tracks”:

  • Health and well-being
  • Social and digital eco-systems
  • Social and organisational justice

The core activities during the workshop will be the presentations by PhD students (20-30 minutes), of their own research work in relation to one of the three themes, followed by discussion and feedback from senior researchers and peers. Each PhD student will also be asked to make themselves available as discussant for at least one other paper. Senior discussants will also be invited to guide and connect the discussion to the wider context of the research theme. In addition to working in small groups, there will also be plenary keynotes speakers and events that bring together workshop participants from all three tracks. Finally, the track presentations and plenary sessions will be complemented by “bring your own challenge sessions” that allow for rich exchange on questions and issues relating to starting a research career. 

Opportunities for participating PhD students

The workshop format will allow you to receive rich feedback on your work, and to make connections with other researchers that have related interests, in your own field and in neighbouring disciplines. Therefore, workshop participants will conduct work in small groups, but there will also be time for social activities to allow all participants to network with each other. The idea is to create an opportunity for rich exchanges, networking and feedback provision. We expect three students from each of the 9 partner universities to attend, as well as one senior scholar from each of the 9 partners.

If your application is accepted, your travel expenses from your home institution to and from Toulouse, and accommodation costs will be covered, under the ENGAGE.EU program, by your home university. The additional costs for academic and cultural events during the research stay will be met by the host university.

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Our expectations

The ENGAGE.EU PhD research stays are open to PhD students from all disciplines, affiliated with the universities of the ENGAGE.EU alliance and who:

  • work on a research topic related to at least one of the three proposed “tracks”,
  • are interested in a collaborative interdisciplinary dialogue,
  • want to engage in a pioneering project from a growing European network.

As part of the ENGAGE.EU PhD research stay, PhD students are invited to:

In advance: provide a working paper related to the chosen topic by 17 March 2023 (this can be a full paper or a short developmental paper of ca. 10 pages, depending on the stage of your PhD progress),

During: actively participate in ENGAGE.EU PhD research stay activities, such as the workshops, lunch meetings and other group events,

Before, during and after the workshop: be willing to exchange ideas and interact with other participants about their research and related projects.

Pre-application information meeting and contact points

An information meeting will be held on 15 December 2022 at 13:00 h CET / 14:00 h EET. The aim of this session is to introduce the call for applications and to answer any questions you may have on the application process and research stay.

Link to join the meeting

Outside of the information meeting, feel free to submit any funding related questions to, any general questions about the workshop organization to, and questions about the academic programme of the workshop to

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Application requirements and deadlines

If you are interested in joining this research workshop at the University of Toulouse 1, Capitole, we invite you to apply.

Applications are open for individual researchers and should include:

  • the completed questionnaire to express your interest (including information on the working paper you could present if selected)
  • a CV.

ENGAGE.EU strongly encourages scholars of all genders and scholars belonging to underrepresented groups to apply. 

Please fill in the form below and submit your CV electronically (in a PDF file) by 9 January 2023.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Invitations to participate will be communicated no later than 31 January 2023.