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Fully-funded four-year PhD in History and Civilisation


About the Programme

Fully-funded four-year PhD programmes

The EUI offers a thoroughly articulated doctoral programme allowing you to develop your intellectual curiosity and enabling original research. Approximately 150 scholarships are available every year, covering tuition fees and providing a monthly grant.

An EUI PhD is more than writing a dissertation

Our culturally diverse academic community allows you to study alongside approximately 900 scholars hailing from 70 countries.

Our inclusive, dynamic, multi-lingual environment means you work predominantly in English, while enjoying our view of the beautiful city of Florence.

Our PhD application form opens in November, for admission the following September. You must apply online by 31 January.

About our Department of History and Civilisation

Our Department of History and Civilisation examines Europe's relationship to the world.

  1. Think beyond boundaries – study global connections within early modern and modern European history
  2. Explore transnational and comparative European history – access the Historical Archives of the European Union and be supported in visiting other archives
  3. Benefit from close thesis supervision – our professors and researchers create a constructive working environment, developing projects together through close consultation
  4. Be part of a cosmopolitan intellectual community – meet and discuss with leading scholars, from all over the world, who regularly visit our Department
  5. Establish international links – our graduates are employed in universities, research centres, and organisations around the globe

Develop your intellectual curiosity

The close supervision that we provide for your PhD gives you the support for your research, as well as the confidence to work independently. This intellectual freedom allows you to shape your research, and your career, with the guidance and backing of our research-excellent staff.

Our Department encourages a culture of conversation – researchers and faculty work together to develop ideas and, each year, world leaders in numerous fields visit to discuss and present their research. This interaction enables you to build your understanding, as you learn how to further develop and discuss your work through such remarkable access to these experts.

Establish international links 

EUI alumni form an international professional network. Our alumni hold positions in academia (65%), international organisations (9%), other research (6%), the private sector (6%), law firms (3%), national organisations (3%), national central banks (3%), European Central Bank (1%)*

* Alumni Destination Survey 2021

Funding Notes

All EUI PhD programmes have funding attached. Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates who meet the given eligibility criteria. Please visit our website for further details. Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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