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Call for Ph.D. applications 2021-22

Deadline: 31 January 2021

  • The call for applications for academic year 2021-22 will be launched on 1 November 2020. The deadline for completing the application form and for the submission of references and all required documents will be: 31 January 2021 (24:00 CET)
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#MyEUIExperience - EUI Ph.D. Researchers' and Alumni Testimonials


Question: What would you say to a new researcher, about to start their EUI experience?

 Answer: As you begin your Ph.D. in Economics at EUI, your first year will definitely be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Despite the tight schedule, all courses are helpful in building a well-rounded background in economics and in developing a critical view on methods and questions addressed by research. The small - yet international - department at EUI makes you feel welcome from the first day, and it is always nice, instructive and inspiring to interact with researchers at different stages of the Ph.D. or professors around the campus.

 Chloe Larkou, EUI Department of Economics researcher, from Cyprus 

Question: What would you say to a new researcher, about to start their EUI experience?

Answer: The EUI offers researchers a truly unique experience in a multicultural and international community. The enthusiasm and kindness of professors and staff, combined with stimulating seminars and workshops, enables researchers to develop fruitful academic and professional relations. For me, this experience is fundamental. I got my BA and MA in Italy, between the universities of Pisa and Siena, so attending the Ph.D. programme in English was a rather traumatic transition! But it is an obstacle that can easily be overcome because the EUI offers a wide range of activities and solutions that you will never find in any other academic institution. The EUI is a very special place; it is a house of knowledge, where you can prepare the way for your academic career alongside extraordinary colleagues.

Matteo Calcagni, EUI Department of History and Civilization researcher, from Italy 

Question: Looking back on the first year of your EUI experience, how has it changed you?

Answer: More than anything else, my first year at the EUI has helped me to gain perspective. Cutting-edge seminars and workshops greatly contributed to my understanding of the law - not as a disconnected set of legal rules, but a discipline that is part of a bigger picture. At the EUI, interdisciplinarity is at its finest. With four neighbouring departments, the faculty closely brings together people from various fields of expertise. I thoroughly enjoyed taking courses in other departments, which allowed me to explore new methodologies and pick up necessary skills. 

Frequent interactions with my supervisor, other professors and fellow researchers supported me in the process of developing a clearer research focus. The institute's facilties are outstanding and my apperciation of being part of this lively community is an increaing one. 

 Eun Hye Kim, EUI Department of Law researcher, from Germany/South Korea



Question: Looking back on the first year of your EUI experience, how has it changed you?

 Answer: Since my arrival at the EUI, I have gained a stronger sense of intellectual purpose thanks to a stimulating environment and meaningful interactions with passionate young researchers. Working alongside senior academics is a constant intellectual challenge, which has raised me to a new level, for which I am particularly indebted to Professor Olivier Roy. My EU citizenship awareness has also grown as I discovered a linguistic melting pot and enlarged my circle of friends to new nationalities. A very pleasant surprise has been to discover a sport-friendly institute that has provided me with logistical and financial support for sport competitions - thank you for the scenic runs in the Chianti!

 Théo Blanc, EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences researcher, from France


Chiara Comolli CV

Question: How do you look back on your EUI experience? 

Answer: The EUI is an international community of researchers and scholars linked by the passion for knowledge. At the EUI your motivation to learn grows and you are professionally enhanced by the researchers, professors and visiting fellows that you are in constant proximity with via numerous academic activities. 

Your EUI experience is also enriched by the non-academic life which connects and strengthens the community. Sport, music, art and travelling - whatever your interests - you will find your group of colleagues and friends. As an alumna of the EUI, currently working as an Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne, I am proud to have been part of this vibrant community.

 Chiara Ludovica Comolli, EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences alumna from Italy, Now FNS Senior Researcher, University of Lausanne, Switzerland



Question: How do you look back on your EUI experience?

Answer: For me, there were many reasons to study at the EUI and, above all, it was the unique opportunity to work with top international scholars as colleagues and tutors, and to learn and develop in a truly interdisciplinary way. Your EUI experience can be a perfect platform for an academic career, and it also leads naturally to international organisations. Speaking these days from a recruitment perspective, I value the creativity, flexibility, independence and drive that a PhD at the EUI nurtures and promotes. And, if I could, I would grab the opportunity all over again...!

 Richard Burnley, EUI Department of Law alumnus from the UK, Now Director of Legal, European Broadcasting Union, Switzerland



Question: How do you look back on your EUI experience?

Answer: My years at the EUI were, by far, the most formative of my career. The EUI’s intellectual and cultural diversity gave me an unparalleled academic experience as I explored historical subjects and methodologies while developing my thesis. I interacted with researchers and professors from different schools of historical study and, often, with different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. This created an intellectual milieu in which I formed lifelong friendships.

The EUI encourages a professional and open approach to your PhD, equipping you with social and cultural skills that I have found useful in my career. It taught me the value of thinking about issues from a global perspective and with long-term strategies in mind. My EUI experience has proven determinative in different ways in my academic career and in my life as a whole.

Alanna O'Malley, EUI Department of History and Civilization alumna from Ireland, Now Professor, Leiden University The Netherlands



Question: What is your fondest memory of your EUI experience?

Answer: A day at the EUI was always well spent. I would begin with a morning workout biking up to Fiesole. I would attend meetings and seminars, before enjoying lunch with a view over Florence under blooming magnolia trees. My afternoon involved research in the library and I would conclude by joining friends in Bar Fiasco.

My EUI experience taught me not only how to find answers but, more importantly, how to ask questions. And, without doubt, it has helped me develop my future career, as I am now a lecturer at Cardiff University. I believe an EUI Ph.D. will open doors for you, within academia, institutions or policy-making, across Europe.

Wojciech Paczos, EUI Department of Economics alumnus from Poland, Now Lecturer, Cardiff University, UK



The EUI organises presentations across Europe: list of upcoming events. Watch webinar on EUI Ph.D. scholarships here.

Why Choose the EUI Doctoral Programme?

  • Join our culturally diverse academic community – study alongside approximately 900 scholars from 75 countries
  • Develop your intellectual curiosity – well-structured Ph.D. programmes that enable original research in four disciplines 
  • A dynamic multi-lingual environment – work predominantly in English, while enjoying our view on the beautiful city of Florence
  • Fully-funded four-year Ph.D. programmes – approximately 150 scholarships offered annually
  • EUI alumni form an international professional network. Our alumni hold positions in academia (60%), national/public institutions (7%), law firms (7%), international organisations (6%), EU institutions (5%), the private sector (2%), NGOs (1.5%) and banks (1%)*

* Alumni Destination Survey 2018.

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