The European Court of Auditors and the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union) in Florence (Italy) have set up a grant scheme for researchers in the field of European public finance and the EU budget.
Two research grants (5,000 euros each) are available in 2021 for researchers in the field of European public finance.
The aim is to promote original research into the EU’s public finances and their impact, as well as into the development of the EU's accountability and audit, in addition to forging a community of researchers in this field.
The scheme is open to academic researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including law, political science, economics, sociology, public administration and history.
It is open to postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates) and to postdoctoral students, as well as to university teachers who have completed their master's degree or doctorate within the past ten years and who currently hold an academic post.
Each year two research grants of 5,000 euros each are made available to enable researchers to access and dig into the Historical Archives of the European Union, a unique resource for researchers at the EUI and far beyond. Housed in the ancient mansion Villa Salviati in Florence, the archives contain a wealth of primary documents deposited by the EU institutions, many of which have never been closely examined by researchers.
The scheme began in 2007 and has since enabled original research into many areas: the role of the EU institutions, the evolution of compliance, the development of audit methodology, shared management in policy implementation, multi-level governance, the EU regional policy, the emergence of institutional norms and values, the EU development policy, etc.
These grants are intended to enable researchers with an interest in public finance in the EU to broaden their research through access to the Historical Archives of the European Union, to which the Court has entrusted its own historical archives and those of the Audit Board (1958-1977).
Through the programme, the Court wishes to make it easier for researchers to access and consult the collections available at the Institute in Florence.
The following are eligible to apply:
- all current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates);
- all postdoctoral researchers or university teachers who have completed a master’s degree or doctorate within the ten years preceding the date the application is submitted and who currently hold an academic appointment.
Applicants should be preparing a thesis, dissertation, or scholarly article relating to EU public finance in any of the disciplines of human and social sciences (e.g. law, political science, economics, sociology, public administration and history).
Research projects presented by postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers should preferably be directly related to their master’s or doctoral field of research.
In view of the nature of the files concerned, candidates should have a sound knowledge of English and French. Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage.
Only individual applications will be considered for the programme.
Candidates may not submit an application with the same research subject on more than two occasions.
Candidates must be nationals of a Member State of the European Union. These eligibility criteria will be strictly applied.
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