The Doctoral Programme
An international institution with a European focus, the European University Institute is one of the most culturally diverse doctoral schools anywhere in the world. Over 1000 scholars from over 60 countries combine to create a truly multi-national community with no one dominant culture.
The EUI offers a four year structured and grant-based doctoral programme. We take PhD supervision very seriously, and offer also support for developing teaching skills, academic publications and postdoctoral careers. The focus of the EUI doctoral programme is to craft a professional academic researcher, not just a manuscript.
The EUI is home to leading scholars in economics, history, law and political and social sciences. All four departments promote interdisciplinary research and teaching. The EUI provides candidates with the knowledge and support they need to develop and defend a doctoral thesis in their chosen field.
An average of 150 doctoral research grants are awarded annually by the EU member states and other European national authorities to candidates admitted to the EUI doctoral programme.
The campus has a first-class library and is home to the Historical Archives of the European Union.
Researchers are involved in seminars, working groups and many academic events within and across departments where they actively participate and present their work. During their PhD programme many students travel around the world, on research missions or exchange programmes with other leading academic institutions, such as NYU, Berkeley and Madison.
Applications for 2014-2015 open October 2013 (deadline 31 January 2014).
The EUI is located approximately 8 kilometers from the centre of Florence and is close to the town of Fiesole. Florence was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance and was home to Dante, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Machiavelli among others. It houses some of the most famous artwork in the world in the iconic museums of the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia. It also features a good variety of restaurants, bars and ice cream shops amidst its stone architecture.
Fiesole is a small town on top of a hill, with Roman ruins and spectacular views across the valley below.
The EUI is a fifteen minute drive from the centre of Florence and can be reached by buses 7 or 25. Milan and Rome are two hours away by train. There are three international airports nearby, one in Florence itself, and additional airports in Pisa and Bologna, both within an hour and a half drive and easily accessible by either bus or train. More detailed information at How to Reach Us.
Among its alumni the EUI boasts a number of leading academics and policy-makers, while others have pursued careers in alternative fields. Renaud Dehousse is Professor at Sciences Po, where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law and Political Science and directs the Centre d'études européennes. Maurizio Viroli is Professor of Political Theory at Princeton University. John Loughlin joined the Fellowship of St Edmund’s College; Cambridge University in 2010 and is the Director of the Von Hügel Institute (VHI). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge and has held Visiting Professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Florence and Princeton. Many go on to work in EU institutions: Chiara Zilioli is Deputy General Counsel of the European Central Bank; Miguel Poiares Maduro, former Advocate General for the European Court of Justice is now Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and for Regional Development of Portugal.
An Alumni Directory has been unveiled which allows members of the Alumni Association to set up a personal page and connect with others in the community. New users of the directory are invited to create their profile page, add friends and join discussion groups. They can then search the directory by name, graduation year, department and type of qualification to search for people they want to connect with.