Applicants are selected for interviews on the basis of their academic record and their research proposal. Your research proposal shows that you are ready to write a PhD dissertation that can be supervised at the EUI. The proposal must be written in English or French and must be no longer than 2500 words (including footnotes and references). Longer proposals may be excluded from further consideration.
The proposal should outline the project that you wish to pursue in your PhD dissertation. It should demonstrate command of the state of the art in the field (with references to the literature) and of research methodology within the discipline, formulate a research question and include a short bibliography. Where appropriate it should also include the theory or hypotheses that will be examined or a description of the empirical content and sources of the research project.
N.B. Candidates for the Economics Department should attach a brief (no more than 1500 words) Research Statement or Statement of Purpose in English containing a short motivation of the candidate for pursuing a PhD in Economics at the EUI, a description of the relevant research and study background, and a summary of relevant advanced level economics and mathematics courses the candidate has taken so far.
LL.M candidates should attach a research statement of about 1000 words.
More detailed guidelines are available on the respective departmental web pages.