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European University Institute invites applications for its PhD Programme


The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute invites applications for its PhD Programme.

The Department specializes in comparative politics, comparative sociology, international relations, political behaviour and social and political theory, and was recently listed as the top-ranking political science department in Europe. The department has good working relations in teaching and research with the departments of Law, History and Economics and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and is at the centre of extensive international networks. It hosts a number of large, collaborative projects financed by the European Commission Framework programmes or other external sources.

The main working language is English, although theses can be written in the other principal languages of the European Union. The European University Institute is one of the world’s leading academic institutions for postgraduate study in the political and social sciences. Located in the hills overlooking Florence, it is distinguished by its unique international nature and strong European focus.

It was founded in 1972 by the European Community Member States to provide advanced academic training to PhD students and to promote research at the highest level. The department currently has fifteen full-time professors, from all parts of Europe, whose interests range across a number of themes.

PhD Research and Training

The department’s four-year doctoral programme puts a strong emphasis on the theoretical and methodological tools required for PhD research. In the first year there is a common core course on approaches and methods in the social sciences. Additional courses in both quantitative and qualitative methods are also available. A wide range of seminars and workshops is offered in substantial fields, many of them linked to the current research interests in the department, while others are interdisciplinary and offered jointly with other departments in the Institute. Further intensive courses and workshops are offered as needed and funding is available for the summer schools run by the ECPR and other organizations. Colloquia organized by professors with their supervisees provide spaces for discussion of research design and problems. Funding is available from the department for PhD researchers to undertake trips for field work or archival research.

The department hosts some twenty or more visiting and postdoctoral scholars each year, whose work is linked to that of the professors. They are available for consultation by doctoral researchers, and normally present guest seminars based on their current research. The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies is a research centre within the EUI, and professors and students in the SPS department are fully involved in its programme of seminars and workshops.


Each year up to 40 citizens of EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland, as well as a small number from elsewhere, are admitted to the PhD programme and funded for four years (subject to satisfactory progress). The basic monthly stipend is around €1100, depending on the country. Some scholarships are available to citizens of non-EU states, under the Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe, Mediterranean and Latin American programmes. The basic entry requirements are a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject and language skills appropriate to the proposed programme of study.

The closing date for applications for the coming academic year is 31 January 2008.


Rainer Bauböck (Vienna University); László Bruszt (Central European University, Budapest); Christine Chwaszcza (Universität Kiel); Donatella Della Porta (Università degli Studi di Firenze); Jaap Dronkers (Universiteit van Amsterdam); Mark Franklin (Trinity College, Connecticut); Adrienne Héritier (Max Plance Institute, Bonn) ; Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen); Martin Kohli (Freie Universität Berlin); Friedrich Kratochwil (Universität München); Peter Mair (Universiteit Leiden); Rikard Stankiewicz (Lunds Universitet – until 2008); Sven Steinmo (University of Colorado) Alexander Trechsel (Université de Genève) ; Pascal Vennesson (Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II)

For more detailed information about the European University Institute and about the Department of Political and Social Sciences, go www.eui.eu

Към новина: 03/01/2008 European University Institute invites applications for its PhD Programme

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