We are the postgraduate and early-career branch of UACES: the international membership association for contemporary European Studies.

If your research is in European Studies or a related discipline (e.g. Political Science, IR, History, Law, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Public Policy, Modern Languages, Anthropology), the Graduate Forum is for you.

We provide useful resources, events and funding opportunities to build networks between those from different universities, countries and academic disciplines, and to help advance research in European Studies


The Graduate Forum Research Conference

An annual 2-day conference providing a friendly environment to gain experience of presenting research and to develop contacts with others in your field. The conference always features keynote lectures or roundtables, and funding for presenters is available.

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2019 (8-9 July): Details to follow Manchester
UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018: An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power Leuven
UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2017: Looking Backwards to Go Forwards? Europe at a Crossroads Newcastle
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Doctoral Training Academy (DTA)

An annual 1-day event which looks at the PhD process itself and aims to provide practical advice for students at all stages of their PhD. This normally takes place in November.

Doctoral Training Academy 2018: Publishing Your Research Birmingham
Doctoral Training Academy: Career Development | -> View resources and photos Manchester
Adapting for the Future of European Studies | -> View resources and photos London
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JCER (Journal of Contemporary European Research)

  • JCER is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal by UACES, which encourages submissions from PhD students and ECRs.

Crossroads Europe Blog

  • In collaboration with JCER, the Graduate Forum runs the Crossroads Europe blog, publishing analysis and comment on contemporary Europe and reflections on being a researcher. If you'd like to contribute, find out more here.

EuroResearch email list

  • The Graduate Forum runs the EuroResearch email list, a tool for sending and receiving emails about relevant events, scholarship opportunities, jobs etc. Membership of the list is open to students and postdoctoral researchers in the field of European Studies. Join the list here.

Who runs the Graduate Forum?

The Graduate Forum is run by an elected committee* of UACES Student and Early-Career Members. We work together with the UACES Committee of Trustees to organise events and conferences and to represent the voice of graduate and early-career researchers within the Association as a whole.

The current Graduate Forum Committee members are:

Committee members are elected by members of the Graduate Forum.

How can I join the Graduate Forum?

Most of us are UACES Student or Early-Career Members.

Becoming a UACES member provides you with a range of benefits and opportunities to support your academic career and to connect with the wider UACES community (~1,000 academics and practitioners from over 50 countries).

Join UACES today

As a non-member, you can still get involved by:


JCER Interview

The Journal of Contemporary European Research 13 (4) Special Section marked 50 years of UACES and European Studies.

Previous Student Forum/Graduate Forum Chairs participated in a recorded discussion published in the special section. They discussed the changing needs of postgradute students, the history and future of the Graduate Forum, and the future of postgraduate and early-career research in European Studies.

Featuring: Simon Usherwood, Viviane Gravey, Elizabeth Monaghan, Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Anna Wambach.

Watch the interview below or click here to read the transcript.