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European People’s Party Postgraduate Research Grant(s) Programme

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, role and impact of Christian Democracy, and in particular of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, 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 carry out a research relating to the impact of Christian Democracy and the EPP Group on 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 30 June 2021. 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.

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;
  • 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;
  • Letter of recommendation from a university or university-level research institute.

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 1.800 at the start of the research, as attested by the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union;
  • a second instalment of EUR 3.200 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 36 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 within the deadline, and the importance of using the Archives.

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 for the research and the publication within the framework of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme on Christian Democracy and European Integration – 2021”.

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 and the EPP Group 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

Former grant holders (2016-2020)

Christian Democracy and European Integration: The approach towards Eastern countries through the Polish case in the debates of the Political Affairs Committee on human rights protection

The EPP Group in the European Parliament’s contribution to shape an EU Migration and Asylum Policy

SCIANNA, Bastian Matteo
Transnational Christian Democratic Cooperation And the Creation of the Schengen Agreement

DI NONNO, Maria Pia
Pioniere e costruttrici d'Europa: il contributo del Gruppo del Partito Popolare Europeo (1953-1982)

The Idea of Europe at the Origins of the EPP. The Making of the European Manifesto and of the EPP’s Political Programme

MATLAK, Michal
The Foundations of European Communities: Christian democratic Input and Agnostic Output

The EPP and the Environment as a New European Policy Field

Carlo Scarascia Mugnozza, Europe and the Mediterranean (1961-1977)

European Christian Democrat networks and the Spanish transition to democracy

URIGUEN, Natalia
Berlin to Maastricht: European Christian Democracy during the breakup of the Eastern Bloc and European integration

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