Doctoral Programme

 I have a deep and longstanding relationship with this great institute of European studies… It is important to have a European institute that is independent and strives for excellence … I know from my own experience the EUI does precisely this .

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

First class placement rates of our alumni

PhD in Law
PhD in Political and Social Sciences

40 years of high quality Doctoral Programmes

PhD in Economics
PhD in History and Civilization

Here at the EUI our 40 years of experience are focused entirely on doctoral studies and research . We are a small, selective, and supportive intellectual community where you become part of academic life the moment you arrive. We have a first class completion and placement rate and our alumni go on to excellent careers . The EUI is different from any other institution in the world and is setting the global standard for doctoral studies.

Joseph HH Weiler, President of the European University Institute

The Doctoral Programme

The doctoral programme is structured by clear academic rules and standards that are in line with those of top institutions around the world. A PhD from the EUI is an internationally recognised qualification .

Setting the global standard for doctoral studies


The EUI has world class doctoral supervision. On average each supervisor looks after 8 researchers guided by a code of supervision with regular assessment of quality by the supervisees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum degree requirements set by the national grant authorities by the beginning of the academic year for which they are applying.

Grants & Scholarships

Most EU member states offer grants and fundings that cover living costs and tuition fees. There are additional agreements in place with non-EU member states and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides scholarships to candidates from a number of other countries.

The Campus

The EUI is housed in renovated renaissance villas set in the Tuscan hills overlooking the city of Florence and close to Fiesole. Many of the villas have been restored along with their landscaped gardens.


The EUI offers excellent career prospects for its researchers and fellows: 71% of our graduates go on to careers in academia and research, 15% have a role in the international arena by joining European institutions and international organisations.

A small and supportive community

Policy on Disability and Specific Educational Needs

The EUI is committed to providing equitable academic conditions for all. Applicants with disabilities or specific educational needs should write directly and in confidence to at the same time as they apply. 

Language Requirements

The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Applicants are required to submit an English international language certificate to demonstrate their level.

Beyond the Seminars

There is a lively social scene with regular events held at Bar Fiasco in the Badia Fiesolana, and sports and cultural clubs including basketball, football, rowing, running, yoga, dancing, singing, theatre, and much more.





   I have a deep and longstanding relationship with this great institute of European studies… It is important to have a European institute that is independent and strives for excellence… I know from my own experience the EUI does precisely this.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Department of Economics - Doctoral Programme
Department of History - Doctoral Programme
Department of Law - Doctoral Programme
Department of Political and Social Sciences - Doctoral Programme


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 .

Villa Schifanoia

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).


Please make sure you have read and understood all the points below before you proceed to the application form!

  1. How to apply
  2. Grant Info
  3. Admission Requirements
  4. Language Requirements

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At the EUI supervision of doctoral dissertations by all faculty members is thorough and intense. Guided by a code of practice, on average each supervisor looks after 8 researchers with regular assessment of quality by the supervisees. A survey carried out recently has shown that 89 % of EUI researchers consider supervision to be good or very good, which is a very high level in international comparison. Increasing satisfaction has been a trend for the past three years.


Admission Requirements

Please note that the information contained in these pages is subject to update during the application period October 2013 - January 2014

Applicants must meet the minimum degree requirements set by the national grant authorities by the beginning of the academic year for which they are applying. Applicants who are nationals of Latin America must have graduated at the time of applying.  The annual deadline for applications is 31 January.

  • Austria : completion of university studies (Magister/Master’s degree)
  • Belgium : maîtrise or master (economics), or licence with distinction
  • Cyprus : Ptychion or equivalent degree
  • Denmark : kandidateksamen
  • Finland : ylempi korkeakoulututkinto/högre högskoleexamen, equivalent foreign degree
  • France : DEA (or Master) or equivalent to bac + 5
  • Germany : completion of university studies and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate
  • Greece : ptychion
  • Italy : laurea (vecchio ordinamento); laurea specialistica /Masters (nuovo ordiinamento) 
  • Latviamaģistra grāds vai maģistra grāda līmenim pielīdzināta izglītība (Master's degree or education equal to a Master's degree)
  • Netherlands : doctoraal examen or Master's degree
  • Norway : Master's degree (or education equal to a Master's degree)
  • Poland : Magister, Magister inzynier lub inny równorzedny
  • Portugal : licenciatura and qualifications required to study for a doctorate in Portugal
  • Spain : licenciatura
  • Sweden : kandidatexamen and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate
  • Switzerland : licence/diplôme or master
  • UK & Ireland : good honours degree (min. Upper Second); preference to those with a Master's degree
  • Latin American countries : licenciatura
  • Other countries : diploma equivalent to the minimum qualification needed to study for a doctorate in a given country.
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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 .

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While the working language of the EUI is English, the majority of Ph.D. students and professors are multilingual. Non-native English speakers will be required to prove a certain level of competency with the language, more details of which can be found here . The Institute is committed to accommodating other EU languages where possible. All new Ph.D. researchers are expected to take introductory Italian lessons which are available free of charge.


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. 

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Deadline: 31 January 2014

Page last updated on 18 June 2014