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Postgraduate Vibeke Sørensen Grant - 2017 Edition

The Vibeke Sørensen Grants for visiting scholars were created in 1993 by the President of the European University Institute (EUI) Emile Noël with support of the European Commission.

The grants received their name in 1997 to honour the memory of Ms Vibeke Sørensen, former researcher at the EUI History Department and staff of the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).


The grants are intended to encourage research of primary sources on the history of European integration which are held at the Historical Archives of the European Union.


All current non-EUI postgraduate students are eligible to apply for a Vibeke Sørensen Grant.

Candidates may not benefit from any other grant in the framework of inter-university programmes during the same period. Candidates are not eligible to receive a Vibeke Sørensen Grant more than once.

Vibeke Sørensen Grants are assigned by the President of the European University Institute upon the recommendation of the HAEU Director who appraises applications on the basis of relevance to the research theme proposed.


Application Procedures and Deadlines

Candidates must submit their request for a Vibeke Sørensen Grant to the HAEU Director in English, French or Italian, which are the working languages of the European University Institute. Applications can be sent by email.

The application file should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A detailed presentation of the research proposal and a justification of the need to use the Historical Archives of the EU in Florence
  • Letter of recommendation from the candidate’s thesis director, or by the director of the relevant research programme
  • The planned dates of stay in Florence

For the year 2017 applications will be accepted and grants awarded for two separate time periods.

Deadlines for applications are 31 March and 31 July.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the HAEU Director. 


Grant Awards

A maximum of nine Vibeke Sørensen Grants are awarded per year without obligation to award the maximum number of grants.

The research time in Florence is to last one month. Successful candidates are obliged to be present in the reading room at least four days a week during their research stay.

Successful applicants will receive a research grant of 1.300 € (one thousand three hundred Euros) paid after a short essay on the grant holder’s research has been submitted to the HAEU Director.

Publications and Commitments

Grant holders shall submit to the HAEU Director a copy of publications (article, monograph) based on their research carried out at the archives and acknowledge in their publication the Vibeke Sørensen Grant programme.


Laura Burgassi, Coordinator

Historical Archives of the European Union

Villa Salviati, Via Bolognese 156

50139 Firenze - Italy

Tel. (+39) 055 4685661

Fax (+39) 055 573728

Email: laura.burgassi@eui.eu

Page last updated on 19 January 2017