A. About the Initiative

The European Doctoral School on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is an initiative launched in 2017 by volunteer institutions and the European Security and Defence College to develop a range of training and provide support for doctoral research on the CSDP in the EU.

Its objective is to develop a critical mass of scientific and academic expertise that brings together supervisors and mentors and promotes the exchange of knowledge, skills and competences on European security and defence with a view to providing support for PhD level research reflecting on the CSDP.

It offers a specialized training program supplementary to the courses organized by its network institutions in their doctoral curricula and supports multi-disciplinary doctoral researches with relevant European training and environments in the following areas:

  • 1. Cyber, new technologies and security in the CSDP context
  • 2. Critical infrastructure, personnel and logistics in CSDP
  • 3. Defense industry and capabilities for the CSDP
  • 4. Partner capacity-building and external relations in the CSDP context
  • 5. History, conflict studies, concepts, values and ethics of the CSDP
  • 6. Defence economics, financing, education, training and leadership in the CSDP context
  • 7. Governance, management, decision-making and deployment for CSDP

B. Governance

The Working Group of the European Doctoral School is a task-orientated configuration of the Executive Academic Board (EAB) of the ESDC. All the member institutions and the associate members that have committed themselves to the principles set out in the European Doctoral School’s Charter are represented in this Working Group.

Configuration Support

Prof. Dr. Foteini Asderaki

She is a Professor on European Integration and a Jean Monnet Chair on European Union’s Education, Training, Research and Innovation Policies (EduTRIP.eu) at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Piraeus, Greece.  She is the Director of  the Laboratory on Education Policy, Research, Development and Inter-university Cooperation, of the Bologna Resource Centre and Co-director of the Jean Monnet Regional Centre of Excellence (EXCELEM). She has published books and articles on European integration issues and in particular on European Higher Education and Research Areas. She has been the academic coordinator of European Programmes  and she participates in various academic networks. She has been a member of several European and intergovernmental committees, including the ESDC WG, as a Chair of LoD4.

Dr.Georgicã Panfil

He is a Romanian expert with Academic background and expertise in the following areas: education & research, risk management, cybercrime & forensic science. Having completed one PhD in the domain of National Security (Risk management of cyber-environments) and one post-doctoral stage related to Risk Management, he is now developing a second PhD research focused on Chinese ideology, Grand Strategy & European Security.  He is currently the coordinator of ESDC Doctoral School, ESDC new established Academic Journal (Perspectives on Security and Defense), advance planning within ESDC and in charge of multiple courses (from entry to high level).

C. Who can participate

The strategic orientations of the Working Group are proposed by the Doctoral School Chair and the ESDC; represented by the Working Group Coordinator, and adopted by the Working Group.


Researchers in pursue of their PhD can access a wide range of academic, scientific and practical expertise and specialised training opportunities on the CSDP as well as fellowship programmes offered by institutions of the network.

European experts

European experts on the CSDP benefit from the networking of academic, scientific and practical expertise and experience meeting in the European Doctoral School in promoting the exchange of information, raising the profile of their work and specific research areas, and helping identify appropriate resources for doctoral students.

Training institutions with Doctoral award capabilities

Training institutions with Doctoral award capabilities can partner with institutions in the CSDP field, as in‑house academic specialisation in this field represents a significant investment.

Institutions without Doctoral award capabilities

Institutions (including research and training institutes) without Doctoral award capabilities, through their participation, increase recognition of their expertise and experience in the CSDP field. They also benefit from working with doctoral researchers both during and after the research period.

D. How to participate

Regulatory documents:

-Council decision of the ESDC

-Doctoral School Charter

-Internal Procedures Document

  • Researchers in pursue of their PhD are invited to apply by submitting to the ESDC’s Secretariat an application form and the documents referred in the respective checklist.
  • European experts on the CSDP, whose Institutions are members of the network, can contribute to the initiative, by participating either as research mentors or as supervisors. Membership application should be sent to the Doctoral School Working Group, in the format of the following datasheet.
  • Training institutions with Doctoral award capabilities apply for membership to the Doctoral School Working Group.
  • Institutions (including research and training institutes) without Doctoral award capabilities apply for membership to the Doctoral School Working Group.
  •  Other entities willing to actively contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Doctoral School can propose projects for joint actions to the Doctoral School Working Group.