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The European University Institute (EUI) is a transnational hub for interdisciplinary research and higher learning, situated on the hills near Florence, Italy. The EUI offers fully funded four-year PhD programmes in Economics, History and Civilisation, Law and Political and Social Sciences. Up to 150 scholarships are available for September each year, covering tuition fees and providing a monthly grant.​​ Conditions of Scholarship click here​.

·  EUI MRes Scholarships

·  EUI LLM Scholarships

The European University Institute will be offering 2 new scholarships for Maltese students in 2024-2025 for MRES and LLM programmes, fully funded by EUI from EU 'Widening Countries' funds, to encourage enrolment from countries with lower participation.​

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​Subjects: ​ Economics, History, Civilisation, Law, Political and Social Sciences
​University: ​European University Institute, Fiesole, Florence, Italy
​Language: English​
​Duration: ​4 years full time on campus
​Start date: ​September each year
​Scholarship: ​Full funding of fees and subsistence
​Applications:   ​Open November to January each year
​Closing date: ​31 January each year
​Brochure EUI Ph.D. Brochure
Why study at EUI?
  • ​​EUI is a culturally diverse academic community where you will study alongside around 900 scholars from over 70 countries.
  • Develop your intellectual curiosity through a well-structured PhD programme that enables original and innovative research.
  • Conduct research in an inclusive, dynamic multi-lingual environment, whilst working in English and enjoying the campus view of the beautiful city of Florence.
  • Be part of an international professional network. EUI alumni hold positions in academia (65%), international organisations (9%), other research (6%), the private sector (6%), national organisations (3%), law firms (3%) and national central banks (3%).
​As a research-strong department, EUI offers focused supervision during the PhD programme, providing the support to explore ideas and develop intellectual autonomy. PhD researchers work together, and with faculty, generating strong networks and connections that last throughout their time at the EUI and into their future career. The EUI academic community is bigger than its faculty and researchers. EUI welcomes world famous scholars to each year. These visitors present and discuss their work, allowing researchers to build your knowledge and develop your ideas further. Researchers interact with these experts throughout the programme.

​In addition to the general EUI terms and conditions of eligibility, the following general grant terms and conditions of the Grant Authority (Malta) apply. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • ​Maltese citizen who has been residing in Malta for the past five (5) years. Provided that a Maltese citizen who has been residing outside Malta for study, health or work purposes or any other purpose which the Tertiary Education Scholarships Scheme Board may consider, will still be eligible to apply and this period of time during which the citizen was abroad will not be taken into consideration for the purpose of calculating the five (5) year requirement.
  • ​Maltese Citizen who is a worker or self-employed person in Malta.
  • National of an EU/EEA state or a family member of such EU/EEA national (as defined in SL460.17 and in SL217.04 respectively for EU and EEA nationals), provided that such person has obtained permanent residence in Malta in accordance with SL460.17 and in SL217.04 respectively for EU and EEA nationals.
  • National of an EU/EEA state who is in Malta exercising his/her Treaty rights as a worker, self-employed person or person retaining such status in accordance with SL460.17.
  • Third country national that has been granted long-term residence status under SL217.04.​​

Entry Requirements
  • The minimum degree requirement for admission to the EUI PhD Programme set by the Maltese grant-awarding authority is a Master’s degree equivalent to Level 7 on the Malta Qualifications Framework.
  • ​Candidates who are in the process of obtaining the minimum qualification required for admission may also submit their application by 31 January, but must achieve the above qualification no later than 31 August.​
​The programme fees are fully covered by the scholarship for the duration of the PhD programme.

​For the first three years of EUI PhD the Grant Authority (Malta) provides a monthly grant of 1.500 €. Allowances for travel, insurance and children are included in the fixed monthly grant amount with no extra supplement. The fourth year is covered by the EUI.
Career prospects
​65% of EUI alumni are currently employed in academic positions while 9% work in international organisations. Alumni from the economics department frequently obtain positions in central banks. 28% of all alumni from all cohorts are now employed in senior positions, such as full professor.


Selection Process
​The selection process is administered entirely by members of the faculty at EUI. The selection criteria depend on the candidates’:

·       academic record

·       quality of the research proposal

·       potential supervision

·       language abilities

For more information on the selection process, schedule and criteria visit the EUI website.

How to apply to the EUI doctoral programme
​Applicants must submit their application and all required documents via the EUI interactive online application form which is available from November to January each year. The deadline for completing the application form and for the submission of references and all required documents is 31 January.

Apply online at:



EUI Phd Programme in Political and Social Sciences 

EUI PhD Programme in History and Civilisation

EUI PhD Programme in Economics


EUI PhD Programme in Law