Press Release 2 October 2017 – The Europaeum: 25 Years & Creating New Initiatives

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The Europaeum
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary
Creating New Initiatives

The Europaeum, an association of the leading universities in Europe is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Recognising what we have achieved, we have been assessing where we are and looking ahead.
At the time of the Europaeum’s foundation, European idealism was at its height. Today, Europe and European idealism are fragmenting and we observe everywhere the rise of a new populist nationalism and the rejection of empirical, liberal, rational, tolerant thought. In short, the ideas of the Enlightenment that emerged primarily from within Europe and which the Europaeum has sought to foster are in retreat. All members of the Europaeum are strongly of the view that, within this new context, we need the Europaeum more than ever. We need more not less international collaboration, more not less drawing together of the disciplines, more not less awareness of ethical and moral standards, and more not less emphasis on universities engaging with the wider society.
To achieve this, all the members of the Europaeum, assisted by generous donations from, amongst others, the Templeton World Charity Foundation, have agreed:

• To create a new two-year Europaeum Scholars Programme, which will be taken alongside an existing doctoral degree, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary team work, and a focus on policy. It will be open to any doctoral student at a member university whose work engages with European Studies, broadly understood. The programme will commence at Oxford University in January 2018 and continue at Leiden, Geneva and Prague.
• To build an alumni network of Europaeum Scholars committed to interacting with the wider community and across nations and shaping the future of Europe.
• To buttress the Scholars Programme with a substantially enhanced further programme of faculty and student exchanges, aimed especially at engaging the universities with broader society.
• To widen the membership of the Europaeum and so enable the participation of a broader spread of European faculty and students. We have recently added St Andrews University and we are delighted to announce that the University of Luxembourg will be joining us in 2018.

The overall goal is to create a morally aware cadre of young people who have developed the qualities of leadership, learned how to work collaboratively and who are committed to shaping the future of Europe for the better. Investing in the young is what Europe now needs more than ever.

Speaking at Balliol College, Oxford, on 29th September, Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford, Chair-elect of the Trustees of the Europaeum, said:
“Does anyone doubt that Europe faces huge difficulties? Does anyone doubt that the future of Europe must lie with the young? Does anyone doubt that the UK will be a better and more stimulating place if it continues to be fully contributing to, and engaging with, the intellectual mainstream of Europe rather than retreating into English Nationalism? My predecessor as Chancellor, Roy Jenkins, was proud to have initiated the Europaeum and I am equally proud to be part of these new initiatives.”

Dr Andrew Graham, former Master of Balliol, Executive Chair of the Europaeum, and Chair of the Academic Council, commented:
“The structure of the new Europaeum Scholarship Programme is a major innovation designed to meet contemporary challenges. Each of the key features of the new programme – its use of teams, its pulling together of the disciplines, its cross-university, cross-country, and cross-cultural mix, its engagement with the governed as well as the governing, and its concern with moral and ethical considerations – make it ready to contribute from the start to the problems currently facing Europe.”

The Europaeum is also delighted to announce the appointment of the former European commissioner for trade and director-general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, as a Trustee of the Europaeum. Speaking of the new work of the Europaeum, he said:
“My views on the EU and the damage of Brexit are well known. What appeals to me about the Europaeum is that it transcends Brexit by working right across Europe. In particular, the teaching venues of the new programme will offer students radically different perspectives: from the UK leaving the EU, to the Netherlands as a full founder member, to the Czech Republic, a relatively new EU entrant, but not in the Eurozone, to Switzerland which occupies a position all of its own.”

Oxford, October 2017

Notes to Editors
The Europaeum was created in 1992 on the initiative of Lord (George) Weidenfeld, Sir Ronald Grierson and Lord (Roy) Jenkins, who was then Chancellor of the University of Oxford and formerly the first President of the European Commission. It promotes extensive academic collaboration across its member universities and brings together, within an educational context, exceptionally talented young people who will help shape the future of Europe. As from 1 October 2017, it will have a new Chair of the Trustees, Lord Patten; a new Trustee, Pascal Lamy; and a new Director, Dr Hartmut Mayer.
Members of the Europaeum: The universities of Oxford, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Prague (Charles), Krakow (Jagiellonian), Geneva (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Barcelona (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Madrid (Complutense), Munich (Ludwig-Maximilian) and St Andrews (Scotland). The Institute of Political Studies, Lisbon is an associate member. The Central European University in Budapest has been made a ‘Special Member’ for one year in recognition of the threats to academic freedom that it is currently experiencing. In 2018, the University of Luxembourg will be a full member.
The University of Luxembourg (UL)
UL is a public research university with a student body of some 6,200. Founded as recently as 2003, UL is already ranked 14th of the best 100 young universities founded during the last 50 years (Times Higher Education, THE). THE also found it to be the most international of all European universities.
Dr Pierre Keller (retiring Chair); Lord (Christopher) Patten (incoming Chair), José Manuel Barroso (former President of the European Commission), Philippe Burrin (Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), Dr Erhard Busek (former Vice Chancellor of Austria), Pascal Lamy (former Director of the WTO), Professor Carel Stolker (Rector of the University of Leiden), H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Professor Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) and Professor Tomáš Zima (Rector of Charles University, Prague).
Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC
Chris Patten is Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He was formerly Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment, Chairman of the Conservative Party, the last Governor of Hong Kong, European Commissioner for External Relations and Governor of the BBC. He is a Commander of the Legion of Honour.
Dr Andrew Graham
Andrew Graham is a political economist, and a former Master and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, a Trustee of Reprieve and Senior Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, which he founded. He was also formerly a Rhodes Trustee and a Director of the Scott Trust (owner of the Guardian and the Observer). He has been the Chair of the Academic Council of the Europaeum for some years and
earlier this year he was appointed Executive Chair of the Europaeum overseeing and leading the new initiatives.
Pascal Lamy
Pascal Lamy is Président Emeritus of the Paris-based, Jacques Delors Institute. He was the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) until 1 September 2013 serving for two full four year terms. From 1999 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for Trade. He is a Trustee with Thomson Reuters and is also a member of the Advisory Boards for the Centre for European Reform and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of HEC School of Management, “Science-Po” (The Institute of Political Studies, Paris) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.
New Director of the Europaeum – Dr Hartmut Mayer
Dr Hartmut Mayer takes up his new post on 1 October, 2017. He is an Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics and International Relations at St. Peter`s College, Oxford, and Adjunct Professor in European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna. He studied History, Politics and Drama at the Free University of Berlin before undertaking graduate studies in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Further enquiries should be addressed to Andrew Graham (

Dr Andrew Graham talks about the new Scholars Programme

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Europaeum Scholars Programme

The Europaeum has launched a call for applications for a new doctoral training programme, to run alongside students’ existing degrees. The press release can be read here. For more information about the programme, click here.

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Contact details for Europaeum Scholars Programme Applications

Please note that we are in the process of updating this page. If your university’s information is not currently available it will be very shortly.

All documents should be sent to europeaum.scholars(at) [please note – this is a change due to technical problems with file sizes] AND your local university contact in an email clearly labeled Europaeum Scholars Programme. The deadline is 15 November 2017 unless otherwise stated below.

The addresses to which applications should also be sent are:

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona: Europaeum.Scholars(at)

The Graduate Institute, Geneva: directionetudes(at) (25 November)

University of Helsinki: juhana.aunesluoma(at)

Jagiellonian University, Krakow: natasza.styczynska(at)

Leiden University: Europaeum(at)

Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon:

University of Luxembourg: iro(at) (26 November)

Complutense University, Madrid: escueladoctorado(at) (24 November)

Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich: graduatecentre(at) (26 November 2017)

University of Oxford: Europaeum.scholars(at) [please note – Oxford students only have to send their documents to this email address]

Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University: (27 November)

Charles University, Prague: europaeum.scholars(at)

University of St Andrews: stlc(at)

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Europaeum Scholars Programme

Scholars Programme Frequently Asked Questions


I am not studying at a Europaeum University. Can I apply?

No. Only students studying at member of the Europaeum are eligible.

My research is not really concerned with Europe. Am I eligible?

It is very unlikely that you would be eligible if you do not have a clear European element to your research interests and if you were eligible you may not be competitive. We do, however, define Europe and European studies broadly. If you are in any doubt, please email with a brief outline of your research interests for clarification.

What subject do I need to be studying in order to be eligible to apply?

Applicants’ research must fall within the Humanities or Social Sciences. Subjects which are eligible include (but are not limited to): Anthropology, Area Studies, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, European Law, European Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Law, International Political Economy, International Relations, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies/Theology.

I am not in the first or second year of my doctoral programme, am I still able to apply?

Possibly. All Scholars should have at least two years left on their doctoral programme. We expect all Scholars to be registered doctoral students for the duration of the Scholars Programme. If you are planning to submit your thesis in late 2019 you could still be eligible, but you would need to have a serious conversation with your supervisor about whether it would be viable to undertake the Scholars Programme at this point, as the final module of the Programme will be scheduled for the autumn of 2019 and will include a written output. It may not be viable for someone finishing off their thesis to take on this additional work.

I am a master’s student, can I apply?

We would only consider applications from master’s students in very exceptional circumstances and only with strong reassurances from your supervisor that you will complete doctoral studies.

I am a part time student, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. But we would strongly suggest that you talk to your supervisor about whether it is a good idea for you to apply and whether you would be able to manage the competing demands on your time if your application were to be successful.

I am a co-en-tuelle student. Am I eligible?

As long as you are studying at aEuropaeum university then you could be eligible. You should ask your internal university contact this question, as practice may vary between Europaeum members. If the answer is yes, then please make sure that both of your supervisors are happy for you to apply.


How do I apply?

Applications need to be submitted to both the Europaeum ( and your home university. Please write ‘Europaeum Scholars Programme Application’ in the subject line of your email. A list of University contacts is available here. If you are in any doubt, please double check with your university contact.

Please send everything as a single email to both addresses with the required document as attachments. For further details about and guidance on the documents you need to supply please click here.

When do I need to apply by?

The deadline for most universities is 15 November 2017. A few universities have set a slightly later deadline and your university should have informed you if this is different to the 15 November. Details of internal deadlines are here. If in doubt please contact your local university contact.

What documents do I need to include in my application?

For full details of what to include in your application please click here.

Who should I ask to be a referee?

Full details of the references required and some guidance about how to ask to write them is available here. Please note that personal references should NOT be written by family members. Please also note that one of your academic references MUST be from your doctoral supervisor. Any applicants who have not yet been allocated a supervisor should ask their academic advisor or whoever has had oversight of their postgraduate studies to date.

Who assesses my application?

Each university has an internal process for assessing applications (normally a committee) that will produce a short list of candidates that it recommends. The Europaeum also has a selection panel comprised of academics from across Europaeum member universities. The Europaeum’s selection panel will assess the recommended applications and make the final selection decisions.

What happens after I apply?

Shortlisted candidates will interviewed via video conference or Skype before a final decision is made.

When will the interviews be held?

Interviews will be held via video conference or Skype on 13 and 14 December 2017.

When will I find out if I have an interview?

We will let you know in early December.

Who will interview me?

Applicants will be interviewed by members of the Europaeum selection panel, drawn from the Europaeum member universities.

What should I expect from the interview?

Interviews will test your suitability for the programme and to do so we will ask you about a range of topics. These may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: your ideas about good leaders and good leadership; your ideas about the public good; what you have or would like to do to promote the public good; your interest in Europe; and how your research relates to Europe. We may also ask you about what you have said in your application documents.

When will I found out if I have a place?

We will let you know on either 15 or 16 December if you are being offered a place on the programme.

Who are you looking for?

We are looking for people who “think for themselves but not just of themselves”with the capacity and the desire to shape the future of Europe for the better. They will combine academic excellence with a clear commitment to promoting the public good. Highly motivated and well-organised, they will have a strong interest in connecting the lessons that can be learned from academic research to the public arena.

What are the criteria that you will use to select Scholars?

Applicants should be enrolled on a relevant doctoral programme at a Europaeum university and their application should demonstrate:

  • the support of their doctoral supervisor or professor with oversight of their academic progress if a doctoral supervisor has not yet been assigned and the support of their university
  • a track-record of academic excellence
  • evidence of a strong commitment to the public good
  • evidence of a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue
  • evidence that their research interests relate to Europe (broadly defined)
  • evidence of a strong interest in connecting academic ideas with the world of policy making (broadly defined) and practitioners
  • the potential of their doctoral work to contribute to debates about issues of contemporary concern within Europe (broadly defined)
  • evidence of good interpersonal skills, particularly the ability or potential to work well as part of a team
  • the potential to lead and motivate others
  • an excellent command of English

Will I be able to apply in 2018 for 2019?

No. Calls for applications will be sent out every 2 years. The next call is likely to be announced in the summer of 2019.



Will I have to pay fees?

No. All Scholars will have the fees for the Scholars Programme paid.

Will I have to pay for accommodation and travel?

Scholars will have to book and pay for their own travel, but they will be reimbursed for all reasonable travel costs associated with attending the programme modules upon the production of receipts (i.e. economy travel). Please note that we will only reimburse claims for economy travel within Europe. We will not normally reimburse claims by students travelling to a module at their own university, e.g. an Oxford student travelling to the Oxford module in January. Accommodation will be booked and paid for by the programme.

Is this a fellowship that will give me an income?

No. This is a scholarship programme where the scholarship covers the costs of attending the programme and all tuition. It does not provide a salary or maintenance allowance.


When does the programme start?

The Scholars Programme will start in January 2018. Please note that successful applicants will be expected to arrive in Oxford by 18.30 on 2 January 2018.Scholars will depart Oxford on 6 January. 

How long does the programme run for?

The programme runs for 2 years and consists of 8 modules, each of which will be for between 3 and 5 days.

What is the language of instruction?

The Scholars Programme will be taught in English.

Where will I be taught?

Teaching will primarily take place in Geneva, Leiden, Oxford, and Prague. Some modules will take place in other locations. One of the unique features of the programme is its multi-institutional nature.

Who will I be taught by?

You will be taught by a range of experts, including academics affiliated with the Europaeum. There will also be sessions with external experts, leading thinkers, media experts and business people, and policy-makers. 

Can I miss a module?

No. It is expected that Scholars attend all eight modules. You should not apply if you do not intend to or cannot commit to all eight modules.

What happens if I miss a module?

In normal circumstances we would not permit you to continue with the programme and we would inform your home university that you were no longer a part of the programme. We would not reimburse any money you had paid towards travel expenses for that module. Only in truly exceptional circumstances would we make exceptions.

When will the modules run?

The outline for the programme gives a rough indication of when each module will run. There will be four modules a year, each of between 3 and 5 days. There will be  one in the winter (January), one in the Spring (March/April) one in the Summer (June/July) and one in the Autumn. We are in the process of finalising the remaining dates for the modules in year one. As part of this process we are consulting with members of the Europaeum to ensure that modules are not scheduled for dates when your attendance at your home university would be compulsory or when you would have a major commitment there.

Will I be expected to do work in between the modules?

No formal work will be required between modules. We would hope that Scholars would continue to think about the issues and problems they have encountered during the programme and would be in email contact about group projects. We would not be surprised if Scholars chose to do some work on their team projects in between meetings, but that will be up to the Scholars to decide.

Are the sources of the scholarship funding ethical?

Yes. A major donor is the Templeton World Charity Foundation; others are individuals who have already given to one or more major universities. They are all of impeccable quality.

My question is not answered here, who should I contact?

Please email Someone will answer your question as soon as possible.

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Scholars Programme Application Documents

Applications should include:

  1. A Personal Statement (500 words).This should include examples of what you consider to be the public good and why you are personally committed to promoting it. This should also explain how you feel you are suitable for the programme (academically and personally) andyour motivation for applying.
  2. A 50 word statement outlining the qualities in others that you respect and which you hope to exemplify yourself.
  3. Your CV (max 2 pages)
  4. Two Academic References (including one from your supervisor)
  5. Two Personal References (not from family members)
  6. Where your university issues a transcript, we would also like you to supply a transcript. Please also include copies of school certificates.

Materials should be sent in a single email (plus all attachments) (i) to both your university contact and (ii) to euroinfo(at) by your university’s internal deadline, which will be between 15 and 25 November 2017. For details of contacts and deadlines see here.

Further information about application documents follows. All documents should be submitted in English, unless otherwise stated below.

The Personal Statement (500 words)

This should address two key areas. One is your commitment to the public good. The other is how your postgraduate research fits with the study of Europe and the aims of the Scholars Programme. You may wish to draw connections between these areas. Good questions to ask yourself when drafting the statement are: What do you consider to be the public good? Why? How and why are you committed to promoting it? How do your experience and interests make you suitable for the programme? Why are you applying? How does your doctoral research relate to the study of Europe?

Please note that by Europe we do not just mean the EU. Applicants working on topics related to the EU would of course be eligible, but we define Europe more broadly.

The 50 Word Statement

In this statement you should address which qualities you value in others and which you strive to possess yourself. When writing this statement you may find it useful to think about the following questions: which qualities do you respect in other people? Why do you do so? Which do you hope to exemplify yourself?

Your CV

This should be a maximum of 2 pages. It must include information about your educational qualifications and results to date and it must make clear that you are studying a humanities or social science subject. It should also include details of your academic achievements. These could include scientific presentations, grants and awards, and/or publications. We appreciate that applicants will have a wide range of experience both within and without education. If you have worked outside the academy, please give brief details of your employment record. You may also find it useful to note any relevant internships, volunteer work, other work experience, or leadership positions. If you have undertaken fieldwork as part of your studies, you may also wish to give brief details.

Two Academic References

One of the academic references MUST be from your doctoral supervisor or, if you have not yet been appointed a supervisor, someone who has been responsible for overseeing your postgraduate studies to date. Both references should come from academics who know your academic work, particularly your postgraduate work, very well. Academic referees should comment primarily on three areas: i) your academic track record to date and how your achievement compares to that of your cohort; ii) the quality and potential of your postgraduate research; and iii) their assessment of your future potential. Please also ask them to comment on your academic suitability for the programme and your potential to balance the programme with the demands of your doctoral research.Please make sure that your referees know about the Scholars Programme, so that they know what we are looking for. It may be useful to send them the brochure if they have not seen it. You may also wish to send them your personal statement.

The Two Personal References

These should be from two people who know you well and can comment upon your character. They may also want to comment on how you work with others. Think about who knows what sort of person you are and what your attitudes are towards the public good.This could be a friend who has known you for a long time, a former employer, someone from a local organisation of club you go to. But please do NOT ask relatives to write these references for you.

Please ask your referee to briefly state how they know you and for how long they have known you. Please also send them the details of the programme that have been circulated so that they know what sorts of things they should write about. You may also find it useful to let them see your two statements, particularly your 50 word statement.

Personal references can be submitted in any official language of your university, although references in English are preferred whenever possible.

The University Transcript and School Record

Where your university issues a transcript, we would like you to supply a transcript in the original language. We would also like you to supply a copy in English if the original language is not English. The English copy does not need to be a notarised copy. Similarly, we would like a copy of your school certificates and we do not need a notarised English copy.

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