Application deadline: 31 January 2017 ( 24:00 – CET)
The Application Form for the 2017-2018 academic year (starting 1 September 2017) will be activated on 2 November 2016.
Why Choose the EUI Doctoral Programme?
- Join our culturally diverse academic community – study alongside more than 900 scholars from over 60 countries
- Develop your intellectual curiosity – well-structured Ph.D. programmes that enable original research in four disciplines
- A 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 – approximately 150 scholarships offered annually
Be part of an international professional network – our alumni hold positions in academia (69%), international organisations
- (12%), national institutions (6%) and the private sector (4%)*
*Alumni Destination Survey (2014).
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.
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.
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.
Grant Information - Eligibility
To qualify for a national PhD grant , you must meet the specific requirements set by the national grant authorities. These may include conditions with regard to your nationality, residence, degree and its time of award.
The application for admission to the EUI doctoral programme is automatically an application for a national grant, with the following exceptions: Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom. If you apply for a grant from one of these countries, your application to the EUI can ONLY be accepted if you separately apply also for the national grant by the deadline specified by the relevant grant authority.
EUI Contracting States
Grants and tuition fees for Ph.D. candidates are covered by the national grant-awarding authority for Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg , The Netherlands, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Associate Member States
Candidates from Norway and Switzerland may be admitted to the EUI under the Association Agreements.
Grants and tuition fees for doctoral candidates are covered by the national grant-awarding authority.
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation "North Africa" Programme
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation awards grants to candidates from the following states: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
Candidates from these countries do not pay the programme’s tuition fees
Other EU Member States not adhering to the EUI Convention
EU Member States Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia have not yet signed the EUI Convention. Consequently, there are currently no national grants available for PhD candidates from these countries.
Candidates from these countries may therefore be admitted under the EUI special doctoral fellowships programme, or on condition they are able to secure external sponsorship.
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation "Grants for Foreigners" Programme
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation awards grants to candidates from the following states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Turkey.
Candidates from these countries do not pay the programme’s tuition fees.
Candidates from countries that do not fit in with any of the above-mentioned grant programmes may be admitted under the EUI special doctoral fellowships programme, or on condition they are able to secure external sponsorship.
Applicants are selected for interviews on the basis of their academic record and their research proposal. Your research proposal shows that you are ready to write a PhD dissertation that can be supervised at the EUI. The proposal should outline the project that you wish to pursue in your PhD dissertation. It should demonstrate command of the state of the art in the field (with references to the literature) and of research methodology within the discipline, formulate a research question and include a short bibliography. Where appropriate it should also include the theory or hypotheses that will be examined or a description of the empirical content and sources of the research project.
The policy of the EUI is not to offer individual guidance and advice on dissertation proposals. You should not contact potential supervisors and ask them to support your application or to provide you with advice. You should instead read the information on research themes supervised by the department and by individual professors. In the application form and in your research proposal you can indicate one or more professors who you think could supervise your dissertation.
Please also consider the following points when framing your research proposal for studies in the SPS Department.
- You should identify a research question that you aim to explore and present your argument with clarity, while also attempting to demonstrate the feasibility of the project. Please remember that ours is a four-year programme and you will need to limit your subject, explain its rationale and clearly focus your research and writing.
- The title of your proposal should be well-defined and fully express its content. It is equally important to produce a good abstract, which will be included in the summary of your application file. Your abstract will be read first and faculty members will often decide on that basis whether to read your full application more carefully.
- You are expected to elaborate on the methods that you are planning to adopt in your thesis.
- The overall length of your proposal must not exceed 2500 words (including footnotes, references and bibliography). Longer proposals may be excluded from further consideration.
In addition to the general guidelines above, please also consult Guidelines for writing a research proposal for a PhD in the Department of Political and Social Sciences.
Before starting your online submission, prepare the required documents:
- a one or two page CV
- the research statement of 1500 words (See above)
- a degree transcript, issued by your university listing the exams/courses taken at university, grades/marks awarded and (if applicable) the final degree result (electronic size max 1 MB). Submit your transcript as a scanned file to the on-line application. If pertinent, you may attach more than one transcript from previous degree/s. Do not attach or send supplementary documents that are not strictly requested, such as the copy of your official diploma, traineeships diplomas etc.
- International English language certificate (See above).
- GRE (EUI code 7395 - departmental code 1801). The online or unofficial version of your GRE - Examinee Score Report - is acceptable. Candidates must directly upload mandatory GRE scores to the online application form.
Note that attachments must be PDF using standard international fonts (max size 1MB)
Do NOT use macros, special characters, password-protected attachments, electronic signatures or logos.
How to Apply
You must submit your application and all required documents via the interactive online application form.
The deadline for completing the application form and for the submission of references and all required documents is: 31 January. 2017. Applications may be submitted until midnight (24:00 - CET) on that day.
There are two distinct phases in the application process:
1. Register as early as possible
You are encouraged to register, insert your personal and referee details as soon as possible. This is important to allow sufficient time for your referees to submit the reference letters before the deadline. Reference letters will not be accepted after the deadline 31 January 2017 (24:00 - CET).
2. Complete and submit your application by the deadline 31 January 2017 (24:00 - CET)
Once you have registered you may continue to work on you application (including required documents) until the deadline. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded the final version of the required documents.
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