Guidelines for Euro PhD Schools (EPS)

EURO PhD Schools (EPS) are education initiatives for PhD students under a school format.

This instrument differs from other EURO initiatives for addressing PhD students and for being training-oriented.

Motivation and Purpose

Departments with PhD students in OR typically have a very limited number of PhD students per year. This makes it often difficult and expensive to organize advanced courses. EURO, therefore, would like to facilitate the organization of such courses. Moreover, a EURO network created at this stage will contribute to more frequent and stronger collaborations at a later stage.

Frequency and Organization

One or more EPS may be organized every year, wherever possible. Each EPS will have a topic, may have a duration from 1 to 3 weeks, and will award ECTS credits. Invited lecturers will give lectures and organize sessions where the students will work individually or in groups on exercises. A social activity will also be organized to help develop relations and networks among the participants.

The announcement of an EPS and the call for applications will be disseminated to all EURO member societies and made available on the EURO web site.


Admission to an EPS

To apply to the EPS, candidates from a EURO member society country, or studying in a EURO member society country, should submit their curriculum vitae (including their academic track record), a letter outlining their motivation to attend, and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor to the Scientific Committee of the EPS. The Scientific Committee selects and ranks (in the case of more than one accepted from the same country) the candidates. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received support from EURO for other PhD schools. When accepting the candidates the EPS Scientific Committee should aim at a good distribution of the participants among the EURO member societies.

The deadline for applications is 4 months before the EPS starts.

Financial Arrangements

Travel costs should be covered by the participants, either themselves or through external funding (e.g. national Science funding bodies, OR National Societies, etc.).

All living costs (accommodation, meals, and travel within school activities) should be supported by the EPS.


Download the application form for the Euro PhD Schools here (.doc file)


EURO provides a financial support to the organizers of up to 500 Euros per participant and per week, up to a maximum of 15000 Euros.

The EPS organizers may have to raise additional funds, through the National OR Society, public and private sponsors. A fee may be charged to the participants, if necessary, but should be kept as low as possible.

An application for a EURO PhD School should be accompanied by the formal approval from the national OR society where the EPS takes place, even if they don't give any financial support.

Important Dates

  • Submission of proposal: at least 18 months before the proposed date for the EPS.
  • Selection of Candidates by Scientific Committee: 3 months before EPS.
  • Submission of a Final Report on the EPS by the Chair of the Committee, to the Executive Committee of EURO: 4 months after the end of the EPS.

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