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[ecrea] PhD programme with 4 years of funding - call for applications

Tue Dec 09 11:29:04 GMT 2008

***apologies for cross posting**

*European University Institute, Florence (Italy) *

*Department of Political and Social Sciences*


    Call for Applications

    to the PhD Programme

    (Successful candidates are offered funding for up to four years)

The Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European
University Institute (Fiesole/Florence) invites applications for its PhD
Programme. The Department specializes in comparative politics,
comparative sociology, international relations, political behaviour and
social and political theory, and was recently listed as the top-ranking
political science department in Europe.


The Department has good working relations in teaching and research with
the EUI Departments of Law, History and Economics and the Robert Schuman
Centre for Advanced Studies, and is at the centre of extensive
international networks. It hosts a number of large, collaborative
projects financed by the European Commission Framework programmes or
other external sources. The main working language is English, although
theses can be written in the other principal languages of the European


The European University Institute is one of the world’s leading academic
institutions for postgraduate study in the political and social
sciences. Located in the hills overlooking Florence, it is distinguished
by its unique international nature and strong European focus. It was
founded in 1972 by the European Community Member States to provide
advanced academic training to PhD students and to promote research at
the highest level. The SPS Department currently has fifteen full-time
professors from all parts of Europe.



  PhD Research and Training

The Department’s four-year doctoral programme puts a strong emphasis on
the theoretical and methodological tools required for PhD research. In
the first year there is a common core course on approaches and methods
in the social sciences. Additional courses in both quantitative and
qualitative methods are also available. A wide range of seminars and
workshops is offered in substantial fields, many of them linked to the
current research interests in the Department, while others are
interdisciplinary and offered jointly with other departments in the
Institute. Further intensive courses and workshops are offered as needed
and funding is available for the summer schools run by the ECPR, the
ECSR, and other organizations. Colloquia organized by professors with
their supervisees provide spaces for discussion of research design and


PhD researchers benefit from an excellent library which also includes a
wide range of electronic resources. Language training is provided by the
EUI Language Centre. Funding is available from the Department for PhD
researchers to undertake trips for field work or archival research, and
to participate in summer schools and conferences.


The Department hosts some twenty or more visiting and postdoctoral
scholars each year, whose work is linked to that of the professors. They
are available for consultation by PhD researchers, and normally present
guest seminars based on their current research. The Robert Schuman
Centre for Advanced Studies is a research centre within the EUI, and
professors and students in the SPS Department are fully involved in its
programme of seminars and workshops




Each year up to 40 citizens of EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland,
as well as a small number from elsewhere, are admitted to the PhD
programme of the SPS Department and funded for four years (subject to
satisfactory progress). The basic monthly stipend is around €1100,
depending on the country. Some scholarships are available to citizens of
non-EU states, under the Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe,
Mediterranean and Latin American programmes. The basic entry
requirements are a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject and language
skills appropriate to the proposed programme of study. The closing date
for applications for the coming academic year is 31 January 2008.




Rainer Bauböck (Universität Wien)

László Bruszt (Central European University, Budapest)

Christine Chwaszcza (Universität Kiel)

Donatella Della Porta (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Jaap Dronkers (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Mark Franklin (Trinity College, Connecticut)

Adrienne Héritier (Max Planck Institut, Bonn)

Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen)

Martin Kohli (Freie Universität Berlin)

Friedrich Kratochwil (Universität München)

Peter Mair (Universiteit Leiden)

Rikard Stankiewicz (Lunds Universitet – until 2008)

Sven Steinmo (University of Colorado)

Alexander Trechsel (Université de Genève)

Pascal Vennesson
(Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II)


For more detailed information about the European University Institute
and about how to apply, go to //

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