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The European University Institute (EUI) is a unique international centre for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research, situated in the Tuscan hills overlooking Florence. The four departments at the EUI – Economics, History and Civilization, Law, Political and Social Sciences – host a truly multi-national community with no one dominant culture, consisting of nearly 900 scholars who represent more than 60 nationalities.
The EUI’s distinctly international environment offers unique academic training, enriches the intellectual experience and provides exceptional opportunities for academics across disciplines and borders.
Following its establishment in 1972 by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has since then earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus, successfully pursuing its aim to provide advanced academic training in the social sciences for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The EUI was established with the goal of fostering research in fields which are of particular interest for the development of Europe.
Besides being a teaching and research institute, the EUI acts as a hub for a network that includes numerous organisations, including but not limited to various European universities, international organisations, national research centres and institutions. The EUI’s partner institutions play a key role in the process of steering the Institute’s research activities and contribute in defining its overall strategy.
The Institute’s doctoral programme, exclusively focused on Social Sciences, is widely considered as being one of the best programmes of its kind in the world. The reasons for this success lies within the unique integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to both teaching and research, that stems from its committed to high levels of faculty-researcher interaction and benefits from an exceptional faculty, composed of recognised scholars from some of the finest universities in Europe and beyond. The EUI is truly matchless for its international character, its range of intellectually stimulating challenges and opportunities, its multi-disciplinary emphasis and its facilities supporting advanced research in a singularly extraordinary setting.
The EUI has a strong commitment in fostering learning even at post-doctoral level though the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies, the largest international postdoctoral programme in the Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe, which provides advanced training to young academics from around the world. In addition, the EUI is home to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, which conducts inter-disciplinary, comparative, and policy research on integration, governance and democracy, regulating markets and governing money, and 21st Century World Politics and Europe.
Admission to the EUI is very selective. Each year only about 160 researchers from the best universities in Europe and beyond are admitted on the basis of the quality of their curriculum and research proposal. Only 8.2% of the applicants were admitted to the doctoral programme for the 2014/15 Academic year through a national grant, a specific doctoral fellowship or a grant by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Post-doctoral admissions are even lower: 5.6% of the applicants are admitted as Jean-Monnet Fellows, while just 3.6% of the applicants are admitted as Max Weber Fellows.
The EUI offers excellent career prospects for its researchers and post-doctoral fellows. Over 30% of all EUI alumni now occupy senior positions in their chosen career paths. 69% of EUI graduates go on to careers in academia or research (universities and research centres), 19% develop their careers in the private sector and in national public authorities, while 12% play a role in the international arena by joining European Institutions and other international organizations. As an example, the institution that hosts the biggest single group of former researchers and fellows of the Department of Economics at the EUI is the European Central Bank.
The research produced at the EUI receives great visibility through various publications. In 2014, the EUI Academic publications were more than 1000, consisting of 100 books, 150 book chapters, 100 theses, 200 journal articles, 200 working papers and 300 research reports. Regarding the 100 books, 59% were authored books, while 41% were edited books.
Heads of states, leading politicians and professors from various countries in Europe and beyond are regular speakers at the EUI, as part of the Institute’s long-established programme of conferences, workshops and summer schools.