–           Fully-funded four-year PhD programmes – approximately 150 scholarships offered annually

–           Develop your intellectual curiosity – well-structured PhD programmes that enable –         original research in four disciplines

–           Be part of an international professional network – our alumni hold positions in academia (65%), international organisations (9%), other research (6%), the private sector (6%), national organisations (3%), law firms (3%) and national central banks (3%)

–           A culturally diverse academic community – study alongside approximately 900 scholars from over 70 countries

–           An inclusive, dynamic multi-lingual environment – work predominantly in English, while enjoying our view on the beautiful city of Florence

Fully-funded four-year Ph.d. programmes!

The EUI offers four-year PhD programmes in four departments:

–           Economics;

–           Law, and Political and Social Sciences;

–           History and Civilisation;

–           It also offers an LLM programme in Comparative, European and International Law.


Each year there are approximately 150 fully-funded scholarships for PhD study, provided by EUI Member States and Associated Member States.

Our online application form opens in November, for admission the following September. You must complete our online application form and submit all required documents by 31 January.

Application deadline: 31 January, 2023.

Below is detailed information about each PhD programme:

Doctoral Programme in Economics

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.

The EUI is committed to providing equitable and inclusive conditions for all candidates and is keen to attract, encourage and retain a diverse and highly qualified community of scholars.

Doctoral Programme in History and Civilisation

The Department of History and Civilisation offers a distinctive four-year Ph.D. programme of transnational and comparative European history supported by a uniquely international and multicultural faculty.

Our Department encourages a culture of conversation among researchers and faculty. Professors and researchers work together to develop ideas and each year we invite experts from around the world in numerous fields to visit our department to discuss their research.

We encourage Ph.D. researchers to think beyond boundaries, offering them exceptional opportunities to study global connections within early modern and modern European history.

We have a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and above all, to inclusivity in all aspects of life. The international character of our community of scholars with its amazing wealth and diversity of academic interests and training is our particular asset. Researchers are challenged to rethink their background assumptions in a fascinating learning experience.

In the first and second years doctoral researchers study historiographical and methodological issues and focus on an in-depth exploration of selected central themes of European history. In the third and fourth years, researchers focus on their individual research, and are invited to present the results of their work at seminars and workshops

Working groups: Researchers are encouraged to join and set up working groups in order to share common interests. Working groups give the opportunity to contemplate the fields covered by research seminars but also to profit from the possibility of peer-to-peer learning and open and flexible working conditions.

Supervision: Researchers are followed by a supervisor in the development their own doctoral project. The supervisor is responsible for advising on research and career development while a second reader is also appointed to offer another perspective on the researcher’s work. In order to help researchers in the process of designing and writing their PhD thesis, the Department provides a series of individual thesis monitoring sessions.

Seminars: The first and second years of the doctoral programme are based on a combination of coursework and research activities. Interdisciplinary and training skills, and academic writing courses are organised Institute-wide. Within the Department the teaching programme includes Departmental, Research, and Training Seminars, and other academic activities (conferences, workshops, lectures, courses on digital tools for academic research).

Fieldwork: Historical research is essentially based on consultation of sources and archives. In order to foster fieldwork and the exchange of ideas the Department contributes to the expenses for research trips or for the participation in international conferences.

The EUI is committed to providing equitable and inclusive conditions for all candidates and is keen to attract, encourage and retain a diverse and highly qualified community of scholars.


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.

The policy of the EUI is not to offer individual guidance and advice on dissertation proposals. You should not contact potential supervisors but read the information on research themes on this page and indicate three professors who could supervise your dissertation in the application form.

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 and are able to offer their advice and thoughts on your work.

Doctoral programme in Law

The Department of Law enables you to study the challenges facing European law, public international law, and private law, with Ph.D.  opportunities across social, cultural, political and economic topics.

The interdisciplinary nature of our Department means that each year, world-famous scholars and leaders in their field visit to carry out research and to present and discuss their work. Our researchers further develop their skills and understanding through access to these experts.

Our researchers create strong links during their time here, thanks to our outstanding levels of interaction between faculty and researchers. Close supervision, seminars that are open to all, and active working groups ensure a dynamic exchange of ideas and knowledge, which shapes your research and helps develop your intellectual independence.

More information is available HERE

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