About the program
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 History and Civilization
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.
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 must be written in English or French and must be no longer than 2500 words (including footnotes, references and bibliography). Longer proposals may be excluded from further consideration.
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 can 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 a PhD in History and Civilization:
- The Department focuses primarily on the History of Europe from XIV century to the present, and will not therefore consider proposals on the Classical World or the Early Medieval Period.
- We particularly welcome projects on comparative history and transnational history, as well as global history (namely Europe and the World). This should be taken into account by prospective students when formulating a research proposal. Though not refused categorically, projects strictly dealing with national histories do not fit with our priorities.
- 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 approaches, methodologies and tools that you are planning to adopt and explore.
- Besides giving an overview of the relevant bibliography for your topic and underlining why the project is innovative vis-à-vis the existing literature, you also are advised to briefly write about the nature and accessibility of the primary sources you will need.
- We also encourage you to produce a brief statement detailing your particular historical interests, and the ways you think the EUI’s Department of History and Civilization—both individually and communally—is suited to support you in working towards your research goals.
- The overall length of your proposal must not exceed 2500 words (including footnotes and references). Longer proposals may be excluded from further consideration.
Before starting your online submission, prepare the required documents:
- a one or two page CV
- the research proposal of 2500 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)
- Recommended: GRE general test scores (EUI code 7395 – Departmental Codes 2704 HEC - 5102 LAW - 2209 SPS) - The online or unofficial version of your GRE - Examinee Score Report - is acceptable. Candidates must directly upload the recommended 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.
By registering/submitting application, you give your consent for processing the data as specified in the Privacy Statement for Application and Selection Procedures for EUI Post-Graduate Programmes and in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy outlined in the President’s Decision No. 40 of 27 August 2013 regarding Data Protection at the EUI.
Selection process and schedule
- 2 November: Application procedure opens.
- 31 January: Deadline for applications and references. Applications are screened for completeness by Academic Service. Professors of the Department check the application files and identify the most promising ones.
- Early March: National pre-selection committees composed of grant authorities, EUI faculty and representatives of PhD students shortlist candidates for interviews for specific countries or groups of countries.
- Mid March: Invitations for interviews for shortlisted candidates are sent by e-mail. Candidates who are not shortlisted are also informed by e-mail.
- 27-30 March: Shortlisted candidates are interviewed in Florence by Departmental panels.
- Mid April: EUI’s ‘Entrance Board’ decides which applicants will be offered admission on the basis of the Departments’ proposals. Candidates are informed of the admission results by e-mail.
- May to July: Formal admission letters are sent by e-mail. Practical information for selected candidates is posted on the Academic Service's web pages. Reserve candidates may be contacted during this period if selected candidates withdraw.
- End of August: Registration of new researchers.
- 1 September: Academic Year begins.
National pre-selection committees have the expertise to interpret academic grades, degrees and rankings of departments and universities and make sure that comparable standards are used for assessing all applicants.
Candidates are expected to have sufficient background in theory and research methodology relevant to their discipline and research project.
Quality of the research proposal
The originality and feasibility of a PhD proposal play a crucial role both in the initial pre-selection by the EUI Professors and in the interviews in the Departments of History, Law and Political and Social Sciences. Applicants for the Economics Department provide a short research statement rather than a full research proposal.
The department carefully examines whether it can provide suitable supervision for the candidate, taking into account the profile of the department and distribution of supervision among its academic staff for the whole of the period concerned.
All candidates must have a good knowledge of English. The expected minimum level of English language proficiency is C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
Candidates for the Economics Department must submit a GRE test score. Candidates for all other Departments are recommended to do so.
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