About the RSCAS

The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI), directed by Brigid Laffan from September 2013, was set up in 1992 as a complementary initiative to develop inter-disciplinary and comparative research and to promote work on the major issues facing the process of integration and European society.


Our main objectives are:

  • To produce high quality research
  • To collaborate with centres of research excellence
  • To provide opportunities for young scholars working in our core areas
  • To promote dialogue with the world of practice

The Centre hosts research programmes and projects, and a range of working groups and ad hoc initiatives. The research agenda is organized around a set of core themes and is continuously evolving, reflecting the changing agenda of European integration and the expanding membership of the European Union.

The Centre is home to a large post-doctoral programme including Jean Monnet and Marie Curie fellows as well as other publicly and privately funded fellows, and hosts academic and non-academic visitors.

The academic staff include: joint chair holders who are also professors in the teaching departments of the Institute (Economics, History and Civilization, Law, Political and Social Sciences), programme directors, part-time professors, research fellows and assistants working on the projects and programmes at the Centre, post-doctoral fellows and visiting fellows.

The Centre operates with a core administrative staff  and is funded from a variety of sources, including EU programmes, national agencies, foundations and the business community.

Page last updated on 02 September 2013