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 percent of all students admitted to the Ph.D. programme since 2000 and 83 percent of those admitted to the second year of study successfully defend their thesis within 6 years. 69 percent of our alumni are currently employed in academic positions while 12 percent work in international organisations. Alumni from the ECO department frequently obtain positions in central banks. Over 30 percent 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 2018 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 enables 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.... [-]


Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 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 Programme in Political and Social Sciences

Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 Italy Florence

The Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) offers a four-year doctoral programme with specializations 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 specializations 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 favors 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 endeavors, to numerous universities beyond the confines of Europe.... [-]


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