UACES Graduate Forum (formerly: UACES Student Forum)

Welcome to the Graduate Forum!

We are the postgraduate and early-career branch of UACES: the 50-year old leading 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.

What does the Graduate Forum (GF) do?

The Graduate Forum provides postgraduate and early-career researchers (ECRs) working in European Studies with useful resources and builds networks between those from different universities, countries and academic disciplines.

Each year, we hold two events:

  1. The Graduate Forum Conference

    A 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.

  2. Doctoral Training Academy (DTA)

    A 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.

In addition, the Graduate Forum is affiliated to the open-access Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), which encourages submissions from PhD and ECRs.

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

How can I join the Graduate Forum?

Most of us are UACES Student or Early-Career Members (learn more and become a member here).

However, non-members are very welcome to get involved with the Graduate Forum. You can:

If you do become a UACES Student Member or Early-Career Member, you will receive a range of additional membership benefits to support your academic career and to connect with the wider UACES community (~1,000 academics and practitioners from over 50 countries).

Find out more about UACES membership here or in this Student Membership video:


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’ responsibilities include organising the Graduate Forum Conference, liaising with the UACES Committee and managing the Euroresearch mailing list.

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

JCER Special Section Interview

The JCER 13 (4) Special Section on 50 years of UACES and European Studies features an interview with previous Student Forum/Graduate Forum Chairs: Simon Usherwood, Viviane Gravey, Elizabeth Monaghan, Miguel Otero-Iglesias and Anna Wambach. They discuss the challenges facing postgraduate students, particularly those working on the European Union and Europe, and the interdisciplinary nature of European Studies.

Watch or read the interview here.