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Postgraduate Vibeke Sørensen Grant - 2021 Edition

Vibeke SørensenThe Vibeke Sørensen Grant scheme for visiting scholars was set up in 1993 by the then President of the European University Institute (EUI) Emile Noël with support of the European Commission.

The grant scheme adopted its current name in 1997 to honour the memory of Dr. Vibeke Sørensen (1952 – 1995), former researcher at the EUI History Department and staff member of the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU).  As a researcher she completed in 1987 her thesis on Denmark's social democratic government and the Marshall Plan, 1947-1950 under the supervision of Prof. Alan S. Milward with whom she later collaborated on the collective volume The Frontier of National Sovereignty: History and Theory 1945-1992 (Routledge, 1994).


The grant scheme aims at encouraging research on the history of European integration based on primary sources 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 the 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 main 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 2021, applications will be accepted and grants awarded for two separate time periods.

Deadlines for applications are 31 March and 30 June 2021.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the HAEU Director. 

Grant Awards

A maximum of ten 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 1,365 € (one thousand three hundred fifty-five Euros) paid after submission of a short essay on the grant holder’s research to the HAEU Director.

Publications and Commitments

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


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Former Grant Holders

Date Name of grant holder Title of the research project
 2020  MAZZA, Prospero Francesco

Antonio Cassese: il lato oscuro nell’universalità dei diritti umani in Europa

 2020  POLIDORI, Simone

Dal Serpente monetario al Trattato di Maastricht. Le sinistre di Italia e Spagna alla prova dell’integrazione europea. (1972-1992)

 2020  JAMES, Bertille

China and Europe in the Age of Globalisation (1978-1992)

 2020  GODEFFROY, Gabriel

Elemér Hantos et son approche régionaliste de l’intégration européenne : Mitteleuropa and Paneuropa pendant l’entre-deux-guerres (1922-1938)

 2020  CASAS SOLER, Gerard

The evolution of the federal ideas for an integrated Europe (Monnet, Spinelli and De Rougemont) through the study of European Commission President’s speeches

 2019  CHALAZA, Vasiliki

 European policies and disability politics: The European impact on the Greek disability agenda

 2019 DUBLER, Roslyn

 Non-Discrimination and European Integration, 1975-1997


 The Dark Side of Intimacy: the European Struggle against Intimate Violence, 1970-1997

 2019 KAOBA, Samuel 

 Les relations entre le Tchad et l'Union européenne de 1960 à 2016

 2019 LOMACKA, Magdalena

 EU environmental protection and consumer protection legislation from the 1970s

 2019 MAZUR, Grzegorz

 The European Union’s trade policy towards the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) – a historical perspective”

 2019  McDOUGALL, Hamish

 Staying Alive: The Anglo-New Zealand Relationship during Britain’s joining of the European Economic Community, 1970-85

 2019 MORESE, Gaetano

 Il Forum della Gioventù delle Comunità Europee (FGCE) - Youth Forum of European Communities (YFEC) 1978-1996

 2019 MÜLLER-PRAEFCKE, Eva Christina  La politica europea della DC e della CDU tra gli anni Ottanta e i primi anni Novanta
 2018 BELLONI, Eleonora

Le politiche europee per la mobilità sostenibile

 2018 CHMIEL, Oskar The reciprocal trade preferences in the EU-Africa relations in the perspective of historical institutionalism
 2018 LOKDAM, Hjalte Christian

The European Central Bank and the History and Political Theory of Central Bank Independence

 2018 CHUGUNOVA, Nadezhda The Impact of the European Union and its Cohesion Policy on the Development of Regionalist Parties - The Cases of France and Spain in Comparative Perspective

The origins of European space policy

 2018 TORTORELLA, Francesca L’idée d’Europe unie de la naissance de Giustizia e Libertà à la dissolution du Partito d’Azione

TREGLIA, Emanuele

“Europa es la solución”. Il socialismo spagnolo ed il processo di costruzione europea (1986-1992)


TULLI, Umberto

The European Communities, Human Rights and the Right to Development. From Negative Conditionality to the Promotion of the Human Right to Development


CAPISANI, Lorenzo M. China and Europe: An Historical Perspective
 2017 SBETTI, Nicola  Se lo sport fa l’Europa? L’uso dello sport per la costruzione di un’identità europea 
 2017 TIZZONI, Elisa The tourism policy of the European Communities and the path to integration
 2017 SANTESE, Angela

L’Europa e la paura atomica: la riposta comunitaria ai movimenti antinucleari (1977-1987)

2017 NIESSEN,  Annie The meanings and interpretations of the « European State » by the EEC institutions.
2017 GRANDI,  Elisa  Early international aid and development programs in Europe. The emergence of a transnational network of economic experts (1940-1958)
2017 GERITS,  Frank

Competing Continental Projects: European Unification through African Eyes (1945-1985)

2016 BAIOCCHI, Francesco

La diplomazia degasperiana. Il ruolo e l’attività dei diplomatici italiani durante il periodo De Gasperi (1945-1953)

2016 BLANCO SIO LOPEZ, Cristina NAVIGATING SCHENGEN Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the Free Movement of Personsfrom European to Global Governance
2016 JOUAN, Quentin

L’Européanisation des syndicats belges et allemands (1972-1985)

2016 MAJASTRE, Christophe Au nom du droit. Une approche sociologique des contestations juridiques del'UnionEuropéenne en Allemagne depuis 1992.
2016 MIRANZO DIAZ, Javier The prevention of corruption in public procurement proceduresunder European Union Law, specially focusing on the effects of the fourth generation of Directives recently approved (2014). ???
2016 PAZIK, Przemyslaw On both sides of the Iron Curtain. Intellectual history of Polish and Italian political Catholicism in comparative perspective, 1943 – 1954
2016 PERAZZOLI, Jacopo L'identità politica della Socialdemocrazia occidentalea partire delle carte dei socialisti europei
2016 REMES, Anastasia Memory, Identity and the Supranational History Museum: The House of European History
2016 STIEGLER, Thomas Identifying with sinicized Human rights? EU-China Human Rights Diplomacy as a process of Symmetrical Socialization
2016 TALAGA, Robert ?
2016 VENDITTI, Sara L’Assemblea dell’Unione EuropeaOccidentale e la politica aeronautica:la delegazione italiana tra collaborazione europea eofferta statunitense.(1973-1985)
2016 WATERMAN, Andrew How have trade union strategies to influence world trade negotiations changed between 1973 and the present day? (???)
2015 MÜLLER, Henriette The Commission Presidents and European Integration – Political LeadershipPerformance in Supranational Governance.
2015 PUIG BAVIERA, Inmaculada  
2015 HEROK, Joel Understanding the “approximation of laws” in the context of the (de)dogmatisation of European law-making
2015 VAN ZON, Koen The way in which the political legitimacy of the European Community, embodied by the technocratic style of governance of the High Authority, was contested by other Community institutions in the 1950s and 1960s. ??

EU-Latin America Dialogue on Territorial Development policies - historical evolution and sectoral interdependencies

2015 DUMBROVSKY, Tomas The European Republic
2015 DI SARCINA, Federica

Integration Europeenne et «Question de Genre».La Contribution de Fausta Deshormes La Valle (1961-1992)


Putting ideas into action: Political determinants of the transformation of European Education policy (1975-2010)

2015 CHHAK, Limchheang La libre circulation des personnes, des marchandises, des services et des capitaux dans le marché commun de l’Union européenne: quelles perspectives normatives juridiques pour la création du marché unique de l’ASEAN?
2015 BONASTESTA, Antonio “La Puglia nel processo di integrazione europea. Lo sviluppo regionaledall’intervento straordinario alla politica di coesione (1958-1993)”
2015 ACCIAI, Enrico Dall’antifascismo all’europeismo.Federalisti nell’Italia dell’immediato dopoguerra – Per una riflessione a partiredalle carte di Ernesto Rossi.

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