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Postgraduate Research Grant(s) on Christian Democracy and European Integration - 2019 Edition

The Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament has created a programme of grants for researchers interested in the history and role of Christian Democracy and its impact on decisive moments in the process of European integration.


The aim of the grant is to stimulate and support research in the field, effected in publishing a scholarly article in an international peer-reviewed academic journal.

This grant programme is designed to enable researchers to broaden their research by studying the primary sources held at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence, at the EPP Group’s archives in Brussels and/or at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Sankt Augustin - Bonn.


The following researchers are eligible to apply:

  • All current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates);
  • All postdoctoral researchers who have completed a doctorate degree in the past three years preceding the date of submission of the application.

Applicants should demonstrate thorough knowledge related to Christian Democracy and European integration in one or more of the disciplines of human and social sciences (e.g. history, political sciences, law, etc.).

Research projects presented should preferably be directly related to the applicants master or doctoral field of research.

In view of the nature of the files concerned, candidates should have a sound knowledge of English and French. Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage.

Only individual applications will be considered for the programme.

Candidates may not submit an application with the same research subject on more than two occasions.

These eligibility criteria will be strictly applied.

Application Procedures and Deadline

Applications must be sent by e-mail to the Historical Archives of the European Union at the European University Institute (see e-mail address below) no later than 20 May 2019. Confirmation that an application has been received will be sent by e-mail one week after it is received.

Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted in either English or French. The application file should include only the information required (see below).

Completed application files should include: 

  • CV
  • Presentation of the research proposal, including a description of the research subject, its academic significance and the proposed research methodology and timetable;
  • Annotated bibliography of sources and studies related to the research;
  • Justification of the need to use primary archival sources;
  • List of the applicant’s previous publications relevant for the grant field;
  • Letter of recommendation from a university or university-level research institute, providing an evaluation of the scholarly significance of the project and an assessment of the candidate’s training, abilities, and motivation for the proposed research.

Grant Awards

Successful applicants will receive a research grant of 5.000 € to cover all expenses.

The grant will be paid in two instalments:

  • a first instalment of EUR 2.000 at the start of the research, as attested by the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union;
  • a second instalment of EUR 3.000 after the publication of the scholarly article in an academic journal or a monography based on the research effected.

The publication shall be issued at the latest 30 months since the grant has been attributed.

Selection and Notification

The Selection Committee is composed of representatives of the EPP Group and the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence. Decisions are based upon the quality of the application file, the significance and originality of the proposed research, the pertinence of the project, the candidate’s ability to carry out the research satisfactorily, and the importance of using the Archives.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application before the 15 July 2019.

Publications and Commitments

Grant holders will commit to ensure that all publications or productions, using in whole or in part the results obtained, will appropriately acknowledge the support of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament within the framework of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme on Christian Democracy and European Integration.

The Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) does not assume any legal liability for the accuracy, quality, completeness of any information, production disclosed by the Grant holders, nor that the use of such information, product would not infringe on privately owned rights. The views and opinions of the Grant holders do not necessarily state or represent the official position of the EPP Group.

Grant holders will undertake to inform the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union:

  • twice a year on the progress made with the research;
  • on the publication result once the research is completed;

Additionally, grant holders will provide the Historical Archives of the European Union with a copy of any such publications or productions.


Applications and any related documentation should be submitted to:

Laura Burgassi, Coordinator

Historical Archives of the European Union

Email: [email protected] 

Tel. (+39) 055 4685661


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