EU: Postgraduate Research Grants on European Public Finances
The European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union) in Florence (Italy) have set up a grant scheme for researchers in the field of European public finance and the EU budget.
The European Court of Auditors and the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union), have created a programme of grants for researchers engaged in research on European public finances, in particular their impact on various areas of European society and culture, and on the historical development of the "external control" function in the EU context.
These grants are intended to enable researchers with an interest in EU public finances to broaden their research through access to the Historical Archives of the European Union, to which the Court has entrusted its own historical archives, and those of the Audit Board (1958-1977).
Through the programme, the Court wishes to make it easier for researchers to access and consult the collections available at the European Unversity Institute in Florence.
The following are eligible to apply:
- all current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates);
- all postdoctoral researchers or university teachers who have completed a master’s degree or doctorate within the five years preceding the date the application is submitted and who currently hold an academic appointment.
Applicants should be preparing a thesis, dissertation or scholarly article relating to EU public finances in any of the disciplines of human and social sciences (e.g. history, economics, political science, law or public administration).
Research projects presented by postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers should preferably be directly related to their doctoral or master’s 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.
Candidates must be nationals of a Member State of the European Union.
These eligibility criteria will be strictly applied.
Beneficiaries and Aims
Incentives and Expenses
Successful applicants will receive a research grant of 5000 € to cover all research expenses, including:
- one round trip between the grant holder’s permanent residence and Florence;
- accommodation in Florence for the duration of the grant holder's use of the archives.
The grant will be paid in two instalments:
- a first instalment of 3000 € at the start of the research, as attested by the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union;
- a second instalment of 2000 € after an essay on the grant holder’s research subject has been submitted to the Selection Committee.
Applications must be sent by e-mail to the Historical Archives of the European Union of the European University Institute no later than 16 June 2017.
The Selection Committee is composed of current or former officials of the European Court of Auditors, recognised experts in the field of public finances and audit, and the Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union. Decisions are based upon the quality of the application file, the significance and originality of the proposed research, the feasibility of the project, the candidate’s ability to carry out the research satisfactorily, and the importance of using the Archives in Florence to consult the European Court of Auditors' archives.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application before the end of June 2017.