EUA Council for Doctoral Education

Call for applications for the EUA-CDE Steering Committee

08 January 2024

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has opened a call for applications for its Steering Committee.

The EUA-CDE Steering Committee guides the preparation and implementation of the EUA-CDE work programme. By working closely with the Secretariat, members advise on future activities and identify emerging trends and priorities in doctoral education. The Steering Committee meets in person four times per year.

The EUA Board will establish a nominations committee. It will be the responsibility of the committee to prepare a shortlist of candidates for consideration by the EUA Board. EUA-CDE Steering Committee members will be appointed for a period of three years, which can be renewed one time. The nominations committee will seek candidates who are diverse in terms of institutional and disciplinary background, geography and gender.

The present EUA-CDE Steering Committee comprises the following members:

Chair: Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrcela, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Paolo Biscari, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Barbara Dooley, University College Dublin, Ireland

Peter Hanenberg, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal

Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo, Norway

Irma Grdzelidze, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Pirjo Nikander, Tampere University, Finland

Andrei Terian-Dan, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

Karin van Wingerde, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Maurizio Tira, University of Brescia, Italy (ex-officio EUA Board member)

The members whose terms are ending are: Paolo Biscari and Barbara Dooley.

The new members will begin their mandate in April 2024.

Interested candidates should fulfil the following criteria:

1.  Hold a position of institution-wide responsibility in an EUA-CDE member university at the level of vice-rector, doctoral school director or similar.

2. Demonstrate a considerable level of expertise and concrete experience concerning the institutional management of doctoral education.

3. Possess knowledge about national and international debates and policies in the area.

4. Have a clear and well-informed vision for doctoral education in Europe. This vision should be described in a short statement to be sent with the application.

Candidates should send a short CV (1-2 pages), a cover letter demonstrating the criteria above and the motivation, and the short statement on their vision for doctoral education in Europe to Ana-Maria Peneoasu ( by 12 February 2024.

Questions can be addressed to Stephane Berghmans, EUA Director for Research & Innovation (