The European Doctoral School on the CSDP is launching its annual Call for PHD Fellows applications. PhD candidates interested in accessing a wide range of academic, scientific and practical expertise and specialised training opportunities on the CSDP are invited to apply by submitting to the ESDC’s Secretariat an application form and the documents referred in the respective checklist. One needs to fill in the Application Form, the Application checklist (and to include all required documents) and send it to (the email should have as subject DocSchool_APP_name.surname). The applications can be submitted until 10 April 2023.

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

It is steered by a Working Group coordinated by 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 an Associate Professor on European Integration and a Jean Monnet Chair on European Union’s Education, Training, Research and Innovation Policies ( 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


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

  • 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.

E. Our network partners

Theresian Military Academy (Wiener Neustadt) Austria Burgplatz 1, 2700 Wr. NEUSTADT
Belgium - Egmont Institute Belgium Rue de Namur 69, 1000 Brussels
Royal Military Academy Belgium Rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels
University of Liege Belgium Place du 20 Août 7, 4000 Liège
University of Ghent Belgium St. Pietersnieuwstraat n.33, 9000 Ghent
Open University of Cyprus Cyprus B1 33, Latsia 2220
Roskilde University, Department for Social Sciences and Business Denmark Universitetsvej 1, 4000 Roskilde
Finland - Crisis Management Centre (CMC Finland, Civilian Crisis Management Training, Research and Evaluation) Finland PO Box 1325, Hulkontie 83, 70821 KUOPIO
Hellenic Supreme Joint War College (HSJWC) Greece Georgikis sxolis Avenue 29, Athens 55535
Hellenic Airforce Academy Greece Acharnes 136 72, Greece
University of Macedonia Greece Egnatia 156 , Thessaloniki 540 06
University of Aegean Greece Lesbos 811 00, Greece
Greece - University of Peloponnese, Dept. of Political Science and International Relations Greece Karaiskaki 70, Tripoli 221 00, Greece
Greece - Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs (IRTEA) Greece Leof. Eleftheriou Venizelou Athina 106 78
Institute for International Studies National Public Service University Hungary H-1101. Budapest Hungaria krt. 9-11
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at NUI Maynooth Ireland Mariavilla, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
University of Turin Italy Via Giuseppe Verdi, 8, 10124 Torino TO, Italy
Netherlands Defence Academy Faculty of Military Science Netherlands Fellenourd str. 93 , 24 11 TH Breda
Directorate-General for National Defense Resources, Education and Qualification Division Portugal Avenida Ilha da Madeira, nº1 4ºPiso, 1400-204 Lisboa, Portugal
Alexandru Ioan Cuza Police Academy (CNAI) Romania Sector 1, Privighetorilor Street, no.1-3 Bucharest
Romanian National Defence University "Carol I" Romania Sos. Panduri nr. 68-72, sector 5 Bucuresti
Military Technical Academy (Bucharest) Romania Bulevardul George Coșbuc n.39-49, 050141 Bucharest
Romanian Mihai Viteazu National Intelligence Academy Romania Șoseaua Odăii n.20-22, 075100 Bucharest
EU ISS - European Union Institute for Security Studies Agencies under Common Security and Defence Policy 100, avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris
EDA - European Defence Agency Agencies under Common Security and Defence Policy Rue des Drapiers, 17-23, B-1050 Ixelles
University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus)/School of Social Sciences Cyprus University Avenue Pyla n.12-14, 7080 Larnaka
University Institute General Gutiérrez Mellado-UNED Spain c/ Princesa n.36, 28008 Madrid
European Union Satellite Center EU SATCEN Apdo. de Correos n.511, 28850 Torrejon de Ardoz, Madrid
IRSEM Institute for Strategic Research France École militaire, place Joffre n.1, 75007 Paris
University of Piraeus (Athens) Greece Karaoli ke Dimitriou n.80, Pireas 185 34 Athens
Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca Romania Str. Mihail Kogălniceanu nr. 1, 400084 Cluj-Napoca
Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi Romania Bulevardul Profesor Dimitrie Mangeron n.67, 700050 Iași
University Politehnica of Bucharest Romania Splaiul Independenței n.313, 060042 Bucharest
West University of Timisoara Romania Bulevardul Vasile Pârvan n.4, 300223 Timișoara
Bulgarian National Defence University Bulgaria “Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi” Blvd n.82, 1504 Sofia
Institute of Continuous Education Greece tbc
Military Academy of Lithuania Lithuania Šilo Str. n.5A, LT-10322 Vilnius
Military Academy - Research and Development Center CINAMIL Portugal Rua Gomes Freire, 1169-203 Lisbon
Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve Belgium Place de l'Université n.1, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
CRéA - French Air And Space Force Academy France Base aérienne n.701, Chemin de Saint-Jean, 13661 Salon-de-Provence
Rey Juan Carlos University Spain Calle Tulipán, s/n, 28933 Móstoles, Madrid
European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats Finland Fabianinkatu 21 FIN-00130 Helsinki, Finland
Link Campus University Italy Via del Casale di S. Pio V n.44, 00165 Rome
University of Thessaly Greece Argonauts and Filellinon, 382 21 Volos
University of Nottingham United Kingdom University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD, Nottingham
Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics of the Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus 1 Panepistimiou Avenue 2109 Aglantzia, Nicosia
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne France Place du Panthéon n.12, 75231 Paris
European Citizens' Association Belgium Brussels
PM² ALLIANCE International Organisation Brussels
Hellenic Observatory United Kingdom London
University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) United Kingdom Buckingham
Neapolis University Pafos Cyprus Paphos
University of Granada Spain Granada
University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria Bulgaria 700 Sofia, Student District, No.19 December 8th st., UNWE
Peace Journalism Lab, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece Egnatia 46 (1st floor),54625 Thessaloniki
Corvinus University of Budapest Hungary Budapest
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Romania Bucharest
University of Patras Greece Patras
University of Pitesti Romania Pitesti
University of Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The network of the European Doctoral School on CSDP consists of:

  • Academic institutions of the European Union accredited to offer doctoral diploma (hereafter 'accredited institutions')
  • Research, education and training institutions of European Union Member States not accredited to offer doctoral diploma but which have relevant CSDP expertise and are members of the European Security and Defence College network (hereafter 'non-accredited institutions');
  • European Union agencies and bodies that are active in CSDP (hereafter 'nonaccredited institutions');
  • The European Security and Defence College (ESDC).

Only accredited institutions can be designated as 'leading institutions' for supervising candidates' PhD research and award doctoral degrees.

Associate membership can be granted to entities that actively contribute to achieving the objectives of the European Doctoral School on CSDP.

Institutions may apply to become a member of the Doctoral School network by transmitting its application together with information on its expertise on CSDP to the ESDC Secretariat (send to:

The Working Group of the European Doctoral School on CSDP examines the applications presented by the ESDC Secretariat and approves membership by consensus.

Once your participation to the network has been approved by the Working Group, you will receive a link to the database in order to register the Institution and the key Points of Contract.

In the case where you would wish to update the already register information you are requested to get in touch with the Doctoral School's Training Manager, Dr.Georgicã Panfil at:

Once the Institution's participation to the network has been approved by the Working Group, you will receive a link to the mentor's and supervisors database in order to register their fields of expertise and their contact details.

In the case where you would wish to update the already register information you are requested to get in touch with the Doctoral School's Training Manager, Dr.Georgicã Panfil at:

Candidates for the CSDP Doctoral School programme are eligible if they:

  • Are enrolled PhD students of a CSDP Doctoral School’s accredited member institution or have received confirmation of the acceptance by one or more of the CSDP Doctoral School’s accredited member institutions, according to their regulations, to act as leading institution(s) for the doctorate and have paid any fees required under the rules and procedures of those institution(s) or under the inter-institutional agreement in force between them;
  • Have completed a scientific higher education degree worth at least 300 ECTS or gained professional experience in a relevant topic, which is recognised as equivalent to this level of degree within the European Higher Education Area;
  • Can produce evidence that they master English to level CEFRL C1;
  • Fulfilling the conditions for 'EU Confidential' security clearance is an asset

When the CSDP PhD Fellow has completed his obligations in the framework of the European Doctoral School on CSDP and that the leading institution has authorised the CSDP PhD Fellow to defend his or her thesis, the supervisor(s) inform the members of the Working Group of the decision and the details of the organisation of the defence. The Working Group takes note of the defence.

The defence of the thesis shall take place either at one of the leading institutions or, if so agreed by the PhD committee, at one of the non-leading institutions or in Brussels.

Special arrangements shall then be made for hosting the audience as needed and permit the presence of the PhD supervisors. The defence is public and takes place in English or French, virtually or physically, in accordance with the internal regulations of the leading institutions.

After the defence, the candidate shall submit his or her thesis in English or French to the European Strategy PhD competition organised by Egmont, the European Union Institute for Security Studies and the ESDC.

All PhD fellows are entitled to participate to training courses provided either by the ESDC or by the Doctoral School's network members.

These offers can be found below:

  1. ESDC courses can be accessed from here. Should you wish to participate to any of the ESDC courses, email your requests to 
  2. Offers provided by our network members can be found in the below table 

The ESDC Secretariat will provide details about the registration and access information together with the invitation and agenda of the meeting.

The above information is only sent to the registered members of the Doctoral School, as reflected in the respective database.

The participation to the plenary meetings of the Working Group, if organized on two days, is eligible to ERASMUS + funding for the accredited institutions’ representatives.

Please address your request for a participation certificate to Dr.Georgicã Panfil at:

  • Go to our ILIAS LMS at
  • Click on 'LOGIN' in the top-right corner of your screen
  • If you are visiting the site for the first time, click on Login via EULOGIN and create a new account ; otherwise, please enter the point of contact’s existing email and password to login to EU login.
  • Complete (or update) the point of contact’s personal data
  • Search for CSDP European Doctoral School (CSDP DocSch) folder
  • Click in the right edge on "JOIN" to request access to the folder; complete the reasons and the point of contact’s name and institution/university
  • The ESDC training manager will check the point of contact’s name on the CSDP Doctoral School list and will grant access to the restricted folder
  • At the bottom of the login page you will also find a 3' video tutorial on how to go through the registration procedure

If you are an official and registered Doctoral School Insititution representative you can submit a request to Dr.Georgicã Panfil at: and he will provide you access to the respective page.

The specific page can only be used for the publication of activities/events relating to the Doctoral School or research performed in the field of CFSP & CSDP


You can download the European Doctoral School's Internal Procedures document from here