Doctoral Programme in History and Civilization

Deadline: 31 January 2015
Open to: master graduates from selected countries (subject to change)
Scholarship: varies from country to country


European University Institute and The Department of History and Civilization (HEC) offers a distinctive programme of transnational and comparative European history in a global perspective. Study and research activities are structured in a four-year Ph.D. programme, which is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. The teaching programme for the Ph.D. in History and Civilization includes departmental, training and research seminars, as well as other activities such as conferences, workshops, and lectures.


To qualify for a national PhD programme in History and Civilizations , you must meet the specific requirements set by the national grant authorities. These may include conditions with regard to your nationality, residence, degree and its time of award:

  • Austria: completion of university studies (Magister/Master’s degree);
  • Belgium: maîtrise or master (economics), or licence with distinction;
  • Cyprus: Ptychion or equivalent degree;
  • Denmark: kandidateksamen;
  • Finland: ylempi korkeakoulututkinto/högre högskoleexamen, equivalent foreign degree;
  • France: DEA (or Master) or equivalent to bac + 5;
  • Germany: completion of university studies and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate;
  • Greece: ptychion;
  • Italy: laurea (vecchio ordinamento); laurea specialistica /Masters (nuovo ordinamento);
  • Latvia:  magistra grads vai magistra grada limenim pielidzinata izglitiba (Master’s degree or education equal to a Master’s degree);
  • Netherlands: doctoraal examen or Master’s degree;
  • Norway: Master’s degree (or education equal to a Master’s degree);
  • Poland: Magister, Magister inzynier lub inny równorzedny;
  • Portugal: licenciatura and qualifications required to study for a doctorate in Portugal;
  • Spain: licenciatura;
  • Sweden: kandidatexamen and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate;
  • Switzerland: licence/diplôme or master;
  • UK & Ireland: good honours degree (min. Upper Second); preference to those with a Master’s degree;
  • Other countries: diploma equivalent to the minimum qualification needed to study for a doctorate in a given country


The scholarship covers tuition fees  monthly grant partner allowance travel allowance and insurance.

Please note that this is not applicable to every country and you need to check the previous links to see what is covered for the country which you are coming from.

Candidates coming from non specified country are  only released from paying the tuition fees and they do not get monthly allowance for living costs.


Before starting your online submission, prepare the required documents:

  • one or two page CV (electronic size max 400 KB);
  • the research proposal of 2500 words;
  • degree transcript, issued by your university listing the exams/courses taken at university, grades/marks awarded and (if applicable) the final degree result (electronic size max 1 MB). Submit your transcript as a scanned file to the on-line application. If pertinent, you may attach more than one transcript from previous degree/s. Do not attach or send supplementary documents that are not strictly requested, such as the copy of your official diploma, traineeships diplomas etc;
  • International English language certificate (See Language Requirements);
  • RecommendedGRE general test scores;

You can start with your registration HERE

The official webpage

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