The Robert Schuman Centre is a high-level research centre. I found that lectures, seminars, and conferences rank among the best, both from the conceptual and theoretical point of view and from the empirical point of view. The Centre benefits from its ability to attract distinguished scholars from all over Europe and the world. They contribute to placing the Centre at the forefront of scientific innovation for all Europe-related topics in political science, demography, sociology, economics, but also for the history of European Integration. The Centre includes few historians, but I have nevertheless enjoyed this opportunity to confirm my research methods in dialogue with scholars from other disciplines. In addition, the resources of the Department of History, the Library, and the Historical Archives of the EU at the EUI remain open for historians who visit the RSC. I can only recommend a research stay there to my fellow historians of European Integration.
Emanuel Comte, Max Weber Fellow 2015-2016 (Lecturer in European History, University of Berkeley)
Fascinating scholars, great seminars and a fantastic library: the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute provides a wonderful environment for research, writing and developing ideas. The Jean Monnet Fellowship is a unique opportunity to pursue an independent research agenda while also having excellent opportunities to engage with scholars from many disciplines and other parts of the world. The Schuman Centre is very supportive of fellows both logistically and intellectually
Heather Grabbe, Jean Monnet Fellow 2015-2016 (Executive Director, Open Society European Policy Institute)
My six-month stay in 2015-2016 as Robert Schuman Fellow has been an extraordinary academic experience. I already knew the EUI and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, attending seminars and workshops in previous years, but this longer stay exceeded all my expectations. As a visiting scholar, you are fully involved in the dynamic academic life and the inspiring intellectual ambiance of one of the leading academic institutions in Europe. The Schuman Centre has given me the best conditions in many years for pushing forward my research about Latin American regionalism and regional integration and it opened new avenues for my academic inquiry. The European University Institute also offers a well-organised schedule of seminars and workshops and many informal spaces for stimulating intellectual conversation and for academic exchanges with other colleagues. Let me add that the beauty and historical significance of the European University Institute premises and the support and care of the staff are other key ingredients of this fruitful fellowship. At the end of the stay, I have the real feeling of being a proud member of a broad international community of the European University Institute’s former visiting scholars.
José Antonio Sanahuja, Robert Schuman Fellow 2015-2016 (Full Professor of International Relations, Complutense University of Madrid)