European University Institute (EUI)

Introduction

Doctoral Programme

An international institution with a European focus, the European University Institute is one of the most culturally diverse doctoral schools anywhere in the world. Nearly 900 scholars from over 60 countries combine to create a truly multi-national community with no one dominant culture.

Four Doctoral Programmes:

  • Economics
  • History and Civilization
  • Law
  • Political and Social Sciences

With leading scholars in economics, history, law and political and social sciences, all four departments promote interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our forty years of experience focusing exclusively on doctoral studies and research makes us a global leader in defining high-quality postgraduate education.

More than Writing a Dissertation

The EUI offers a fully structured doctoral programme. Apart from enjoying close supervision in writing their dissertations, researchers are educated to become academically literate in neighbouring fields and disciplines. They also acquire teaching, writing, research and other skills that give them a headstart for their postdoctoral careers.

The EUI Experience

At the EUI you will find an intellectual and social community that is supportive, inclusive and international. You will not only enjoy an intense and satisfying life on campus and in Florence, but also become immersed in research networks and acquire enduring friendships that thrive long after completion of the doctorate. As our alumni fondly testify, the years spent as researchers in Florence count among the most stimulating and enjoyable of their lives.

Our Record

The EUI has very high completion rates. 80 per cent of all students admitted to the Ph.D. programme since 2000 and 83 per cent of those admitted to the second year of study successfully defend their thesis within 6 years. 69 per cent of our alumni are currently employed in academic positions while 12 per cent work in international organisations. Alumni from the ECO department frequently obtain positions in central banks. Over 30 per cent of all alumni from all cohorts are now employed in senior positions in their chosen career.

160 Grants

Ph.D. grants are available for nationals of most EU member states. These are EU member states that have signed the EUI Convention. A limited number of additional grants are available for non EU member states.

Campus

The EUI campus is situated in the scenic Tuscan hills overlooking Florence, near Fiesole. Set in historic buildings among landscaped Italian gardens, the EUI offers its members the opportunity to carry out their research in settings of unparalleled beauty. Researchers enjoy state-of-the-art academic resources and ICT services; housing opportunities; food services; sports facilities and spaces for cultural, social and artistic initiatives.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. The application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date.

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Programs

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PhD

Doctoral Programme in Economics

Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The EUI Economics department aims to produce top-class researchers placed to pursue successful academic or professional careers in leading universities or other research-oriented organizations. Researchers in ECO engage in formal course-based training in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. [+]

The EUI Economics department aims to produce top-class researchers placed to pursue successful academic or professional careers in leading universities or other research-oriented organizations. Researchers in ECO engage in formal course-based training in the areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Independent, but closely supervised research is an essential part of the four-year programme, and doctoral candidates have regular opportunities to present and discuss their research. The broad range of interests covered by current faculty enable them to supervise dissertations on a wide variety of topics within the three core areas. Prospective researchers for the Ph.D. in Economics are invited to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the ECO faculty. Research Themes The Economics Department performs theoretical and applied research on a wide range of topics of special relevance for European policy makers and institutions, ranging from issues related to the recent financial crisis, business cycle analysis, fiscal and monetary policy to migration and inequality. These areas are reflected in the areas of supervision supported by our department, as well as the high level research and theses in Economics produced by our department. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]

Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history in a global perspective. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme , which is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. [+]

The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history in a global perspective. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme , which is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. The teaching programme for the Ph.D. in History and Civilization includes departmental, training and research seminars, as well as other activities such as conferences, workshops, and lectures. The faculty provides guidance in research methods and advises researchers on the preparation of their dissertations. Funding is provided for research missions to work in archives and libraries, and researchers may also receive financial support to present their work-in-progress at international conferences. Doctoral supervision is a priority at the EUI, and prospective researchers are welcome to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the HEC faculty. Research Themes In the broadest of terms, research focuses on the shaping of modern Europe; intellectual history and the history of science; power, society and ideology; and imperial, colonial and global history. Transcending nation-state paradigms, our department examines the construction of Europe's boundaries and the diversity and complexity of experiences within them. This approach is reflected in the high-level research and theses produced by our department. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]

Doctoral Programme in Law

Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The Law Department offers a four-year Ph.D. programme leading to the award of a doctorate. An LL.M. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the first year of the Ph.D. programme. [+]

The Law Department offers a four-year Ph.D. programme leading to the award of a doctorate. An LL.M. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of the first year of the Ph.D. programme. Researchers follow a structured programme of research and training. A wide range of seminars and workshops is offered in key fields, many of which are linked to research projects in the Law Department, or are interdisciplinary and organised jointly with other departments of the EUI. Researchers gain experience in presenting their work and are encouraged to participate in conferences, workshops and the department's very active working groups. They may enrich their programme with research missions around the world or on exchange programmes with partner institutions. Research Themes The Department’s programme covers European Union law; constitutional law; international economic law; human rights law; competition, labour and social law; legal informatics; legal theory and philosophy; and European and transnational private law. These areas are reflected in the areas of supervision supported by our department, as well as the high-level research and theses produced by our department. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]

Doctoral Programme in Political and Social Sciences

Campus Full time 4 years October 2017 Italy Florence

The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme</strong> with specialisations in political science, sociology, international relations and social and political theory. [+]

The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme with specialisations in political science, sociology, international relations and social and political theory. The Department places a strong emphasis on the theoretical and methodological tools required for Ph.D. research, and it favours a multi-faceted approach to research projects and doctoral theses, many of which cut across traditional academic boundaries. The Department also offers its researchers strong support with specific methodological issues such as comparative research design, statistical methods, and survey research. Regularly ranked among the very top departments in political and social sciences in Europe, the Department is strongly connected, through exchange programmes and joint research endeavours, to numerous universities beyond the confines of Europe. Doctoral supervision is a priority at the EUI, and prospective researchers for the Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences are invited to explore whether their interests fit with those supported by the SPS faculty. The SPS Department’s research agenda focuses mainly on political and social change within Europe, at all levels. Research Themes Faculty interests and projects relate to themes of government and democracy; social change in Europe and its implications for society; politics and public policy; the comparative study of public policy; political and social structures and behavior; international relations and security; and social and political theory. These themes are reflected in the high-level research projects and theses produced in SPS. Application deadline The deadline for applications for the 2015-2016 academic year is 31 January 2015. Application form, research proposal, reference letters and other required documents must be received by midnight (central European time) on that date. [-]

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