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.

Last updated by TAS 2/11/17