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Fully-funded four-year PhD in Political and Social Sciences

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About the Programme

Are you looking for a fully-funded PhD in the social sciences?

An EUI PhD is more than writing a dissertation

Our culturally diverse academic community allows you to study alongside approximately 900 scholars from 75 countries.

Located on the scenic hills above Florence, the EUI offers doctoral programmes, a post-doctoral programme and a research centre within the social sciences. Our dynamic multi-lingual environment means you work predominantly in English to create and develop research that is both original and innovative.

Fully-funded four-year PhD programmes

The EUI offers well-structured doctoral programmes with approximately 150 scholarships available annually. These cover tuition fees and provide a monthly grant.

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

About our Department of Political and Social Sciences

Our Department of Political and Social Sciences explores political and social change within and beyond Europe.

  1. Study the important issues of our time that the social sciences are uniquely suited to – PhD opportunities across politics and comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and sociology
  2. Enter an interdisciplinary world – by uniting key fields within political and social sciences, our researchers and our research projects interact on an unprecedented level
  3. Collaborate with distinguished scholars and policy-makers – present and discuss your ideas with the world-leading experts who regularly visit our Department
  4. Discover your intellectual dynamism – our PhD programmes give you the close supervision to build your knowledge, alongside the freedom to undertake independent research
  5. Connect globally – our graduates work within academia, European and national-level government institutions, international organisations and the private sector

Develop your intellectual curiosity

Our active faculty, and strong cohort of PhD researchers and post-doctoral scholars, creates a stimulating environment for study. By covering key fields across the political and social sciences within one department, we enable cross-disciplinary research conversations to take place, meaning ideas and research findings are easily shared and discussed further.

While our experienced staff offer intense supervision, you also receive the academic freedom and time for your own independent research. In addition, our researchers benefit from interacting with the academics, practitioners and other leaders in their field, who are regular visitors to our Department, so able to offer their advice and thoughts on your work.

Connect globally

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


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.

Funding Notes

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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