About the Scholars Programme

The Europaeum Scholars Programme is a world-class programme designed to produce a new generation of leaders, thinkers, and researchers who have the capacity and desire to shape the future of Europe. It will run for two years alongside Scholars’ existing doctoral studies. It will be multi-disciplinary, multi-university and multi-locational, and it will engage academic thinking with the cultural, political, and societal challenges facing Europe today. A maximum of 30 places is available.

Europaeum Scholars Programme Brochure

The Scholars Programme Brochure can be downloaded.

Application Documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Based in Geneva, Leiden, Oxford, and Prague, the Europaeum Scholars Programme draws upon the combined resources of Europaeum members. Scholars will be taught primarily in small groups by academics affiliated with the Europaeum as well as external experts, leading thinkers, media experts and business people, and those directly engaged in making policy. Scholars will meet the governed, as well as the governing. And they will work together on a project of their own design of direct relevance to cultural, political, economic, or social policy. The programme will include the moral and ethical considerations involved in policy as well as an examination of the qualities that students themselves bring to the table.

Our programme is ideal for students working within European studies (broadly defined) who “think for themselves but not just of themselves”, who want to make a difference, and who are in their first or second year of doctoral studies in a relevant humanities or social science discipline including, but not limited to Anthropology, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, European Law, European Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Law, International Political Economy, International Relations, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, or Religious Studies/Theology. All applicants must be enrolled on a doctoral programme at a Europaeum university.

The programme will take place in four modules per year, each of 3-5 days, starting on the evening of 2 January 2018, in Oxford, and continuing in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. In its inaugural year, the programme will include a focus on three key areas of crucial importance to Europe’s future: inclusion, sustainability, and growth and development (broadly defined).

Why Should I Apply ?

The Europaeum Scholars Programme offers a unique opportunity to be part of a network of some of the brightest people of your generation who are interested in shaping the future of Europe. You will be able to connect your doctoral research with the world of policy making, to draw on the combined resources of a dozen of Europe’s leading universities, to learn how to work as a team (and what leading a team involves) and to understand the complexity of policy making. You will learn more about yourself. You will have the opportunity to visit key European institutions and learn about how they function in conversation with leading academics, practitioners, and policy makers aiming to tackle societal and cultural challenges. You will directly engage with people facing some of the most difficult circumstances in contemporary society and you will emerge with knowledge and a set of skills and contacts equal to any group anywhere.

Key benefits include

  • the experience of working in at least three other European universities in addition to your own
  • the opportunity to form professional networks with scholars and academics from leading European universities
  • the opportunity to learn from a range of professionals shaping policy in Europe and academics who engage with them
  • the experience of multi-disciplinary team work and problem solving on issues of contemporary European significance
  • the opportunity to develop many of the key skills required for a successful career in either the public or private sectors or to influence these sectors while pursuing an academic career
  • the ability to ‘stand out’ in the increasingly saturated job market for graduates by sending a clear signal to potential employers of your ability to work as a member of a team and to analyse contemporary European problems
  • training sessions which build on and cross-fertilise the best practice from within existing doctoral training programmes offered by universities such as Oxford and Leiden.


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) and your 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 supply copies of your school certificates.

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

For further details about these documents, please click here.

Selection Criteria

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
last updated by TAS 2 Nov 2017