Extended call for Expressions of Interest – Italian and Spanish universities only

The CEP Scholarship Initiative is a groundbreaking project designed to ignite academic interest in consumer rights, within the context of the green and digital transition. This initiative provides research grants to exceptional Ph.D. students eager to advance the field of consumer rights. Following the first wave of selected universities in Belgium and Portugal, we invite public and private universities in Italy and Spain to express their interest in participating in this transformative project.

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Project Overview

The project will award one research grant for country (Italy and Spain) with the primary objective of supporting Ph.D. students in their research endeavors focused on EU consumer rights. Selected universities will be entrusted with the task of enrolling eligible Ph.D. students who meet the project’s criteria and awarding them the research grant. The grant can have a maximum value of EUR 30,000. The grant will be disbursed to the university, which will then assign the grant to the selected Ph.D. student. The project will organize networking events at least once a year, bringing together scholarship recipients, professionals, and researchers in the field of consumer rights. These events will facilitate knowledge sharing, collaboration, and mentorship opportunities, enabling students to expand their professional network. The topics for these events will be selected collaboratively by CEP and the selected universities which will be responsible for organizing and producing these events. The CEP Scholarship Initiative will sponsor an annual research conference centered on consumer rights. This conference will provide a platform for scholarship recipients to present their research findings to stakeholders, engage with fellow researchers, and participate in academic discussions. It will also create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and foster a sense of community among participants. The project will support the creation of tangible outputs, such as the CEP Journal, to showcase the work of scholarship recipients and contribute to the field of EU consumer rights. This includes the publication of research papers, articles, and case studies, promoting knowledge dissemination and enriching academic discourse.

Expressions of Interest

We invite public and private universities in Italy to express their interest in joining the Consumer Empowerment Project (CEP) Scholarship Initiative. By participating in this initiative, your institution will play a pivotal role in advancing consumer rights research, fostering academic excellence, and empowering Ph.D. students to contribute to the green and digital transition. To express your institution’s interest, kindly submit your candidacy by completing the application form provided below before September 30, 2024, providing a brief overview of your university’s credentials, experience in consumer rights research, and commitment to supporting Ph.D. students in this field. We eagerly anticipate collaborations with visionary institutions dedicated to empowering the next generation of researchers in EU consumer rights.

Key Dates

– Expression of Interest Deadline: September 30, 2024
– Selection of Participating Universities: October 15, 2024

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    Join us in shaping the future of EU consumer rights research and empowering the leaders of tomorrow through the Consumer Empowerment Project (CEP) Scholarship Initiative.