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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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PhD

Doctoral Programme in Economics

Campus Full time 4 years October 2019 Italy Florence

Our Department of Economics provides research training in all the main fields within economics, with Ph.D. opportunities across theoretical and applied topics. [+]

Doctoral Programme in Economics

Our Department of Economics provides research training in all the main fields within economics, with Ph.D. opportunities across theoretical and applied topics.

As a research-strong department, we offer focused supervision on your Ph.D., providing the support to explore your ideas and develop your intellectual autonomy. Our researchers work together, and with faculty, generating strong networks and connections that last throughout their time at the EUI and into their future career.

Yet our academic community is bigger than our faculty and our researchers – we welcome a huge number of world famous scholars to our Department each year. These visitors present and discuss their work, allowing you to build your knowledge and develop your ideas further. You can interact with these experts on an unprecedented level.... [-]


Doctoral Programme in Political and Social Sciences

Campus Full time 4 years October 2019 Italy Florence

Our researchers study the important issues of our time that the social science can uniquely address, with Ph.D. opportunities across politics and comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and sociology. [+]

Doctoral Programme in Political and Social Sciences

Our researchers study the important issues of our time that the social science can uniquely address, with Ph.D. opportunities across politics and comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and sociology.

Our active faculty, and strong cohort of Ph.D. researchers and post-doctoral scholars, creates a stimulating environment for study. By covering key fields across the political and social sciences within one department, we enable cross-disciplinary research conversations to take place, meaning ideas and research findings are easily shared and discussed further.

While our experienced staff offer intense supervision, you also receive the academic freedom and time for your own independent research. In addition, our researchers benefit from interacting with the academics, practitioners and other leaders in their field, who are regular visitors to our Department, so able to offer their advice and thoughts on your work.... [-]


PhD in History

Campus Full time 4 years October 2019 Italy Florence

Our Department of History and Civilization encourages researchers to think beyond boundaries, with Ph.D. opportunities to study global connections within early modern and modern European history. [+]

PhD in History

Our Department of History and Civilization encourages researchers to think beyond boundaries, with Ph.D. opportunities to study global connections within early modern and modern European history.

The close supervision that we provide for your thesis gives you the support for your research, as well as the confidence to work independently. This intellectual freedom allows you to shape your research, and your career, with the guidance and backing of our research-excellent staff.

Our Department encourages a culture of conversation – researchers and faculty work together to develop ideas and, each year, world leaders in numerous fields visit to discuss and present their research. This interaction enables you to build your understanding, as you learn how to further develop and discuss your work through such remarkable access to these experts.... [-]


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