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

Events, Conferences and Workshops

The Graduate Forum (GF) 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. Funding is available towards travel and accommodation.

View the recent GF 2019

Doctoral Training Academy (DTA)

An annual 1-day event which looks at the PhD process and aims to provide practical advice for students at all stages of their PhD and in the post-Viva years. Next event: 22 November 2019, Brussels

Join us for the 2019 DTA

Browse all upcoming and recent GF events

Publish Your Research

  • JCER (Journal of Contemporary European research) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal by UACES, which encourages submissions from PhD students and ECRs.
  • 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.

Get Connected

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.

Meet the Committee

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. Committee members are elected by members of the Graduate Forum.


Rachael Dickson, University of Strathclyde | @rdicko

"As Chair I oversee the work of the Graduate Forum and act as its voice on the UACES Executive Committee. I am responsible for coordinating our activities and ensuring we are representing our members effectively. You can contact me with any Graduate Forum queries, including but not limited to ideas for future activities, questions about current activities and feedback/suggestions."


Kamila Feddek, University of Glasgow

"As JCER Book Reviews Editor, I am responsible for the book review editorial process for the Journal of Contemporary European Research. I am also co-organising the Graduate Forum's main events, namely Annual Research Conference and Doctoral Training Academy. You can contact me with any JCER queries, especially if you are interested in book reviewing or if you wish to raise an interest for your publication to be reviewed in our Journal."


Olga Litvyak, Université de Lausanne | @Olgaltv 

"As Communications Officer, I manage the EuroResearch mailing list, co-edit blogs for Crossroads Europe and co-run the UACES GF Twitter and Facebook pages. You can reach me at uacesgf.comm@gmail.comif you have questions related to the mailing list or the GF social media, or want to share useful information about vacancies or events for postgraduate and Early Career researchers in European Studies."


Amy Manktelow, Nottingham Trent University | @amymanktelow

"As Early-Career Officer I am responsible for representing the needs of early-career researchers within the Graduate Forum Committee. You can contact me if you have any queries regarding events and activities for early-career researchers."


Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters, University of Kent | @nmep20

"As Events Organiser I am responsible for coordinating the GF's two annual events and you can contact me with inquiries about the Research Conference and Doctoral Training Academy."

Nominations Open | Join the GF Committee

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:


Learn more

The Journal of Contemporary European Research 13 (4) Special Section was published to mark 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.