The Europaeum Scholars Programme is a world-class doctoral training programme that is taken alongside an existing doctorate. It is designed for those exceptional students who have the capacity and the desire to shape the future of Europe for the better. It runs for two years alongside Scholars’ existing doctoral studies and is multi-disciplinary, multi-university, and multi-locational and focused on contemporary European policy. Teaching is primarily in small groups of seven or eight, working intensively as teams and being critically tested by academics affiliated with the Europaeum. There are also be lectures and seminars lead by external experts, leading thinkers, media experts and business people, and policy-makers. Scholars tackle the moral and ethical considerations involved in policy as well as an examination of the qualities that they themselves bring to the table.

The first cohort will finish in late 2019 and we will recruit new Scholars shortly after.

Based in member institutions, the Europaeum Scholars Programme draws upon the combined resources of Europaeum members. Scholars are 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 across two years, they will work together on a project of their own design of direct relevance to cultural, political, economic, or social policy. A key element of the programme is the moral and ethical considerations involved in policy as well as an examination of the qualities that scholars themselves bring to the table.

Our programme is ideal for students working within European studies (broadly defined) at a Europaeum university 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.

The programme started on the evening of 2 January 2018, in Oxford. It comprises four modules per year, each of 3-5 days. In its inaugural year, the programme includes a focus on four areas of crucial importance to Europe’s future: identity, inclusion, sustainability, and growth and development (broadly defined).

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. Scholars are able to connect their 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. They have opportunities 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. They 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 the scholar’s 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.

Overview of Modules for Cohort 1, 2018-19

Please note that the details below are no indication or guarantee of the same topics being covered again for a future module, as they are very much tailored to the focus of the projects and also draw on local expertise. With only 8 modules and twice as many member institutions we try to go to as many places as possible, so locations and therefore local resources and expertise will differ and may or may not repeat in future.

Module 1, Oxford
January 2018

Plenary sessions on Europe Today, and Brexit & Europe, Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Research Problems, Doughnut Economics, Europe & the World: Perspectives from Brussels
Group discussions
Talks about being an MP/MEP; Empathy; Ethics & Public Policy; Europe: Where Next?
Workshop with the Oxford Character Project about Leadership

Module 2, Brussels
March 2018

Group discussions about possible projects
Talks about the UN; Challenges in Europe;
Discussion Panel on Migration; Populism
Visits to the European Parliament; Red Cross Office; House of European History; European Political Strategy Centre; Town Hall
Plenary sessions on Speechwriting and Communication in Europe; NATO; European Security

Module 3, Geneva
June 2018

Group work: Multilateral Negotiating Skills; Professional Report Writing
Visits to UN; WTO
Talks about the UN and institutional reform; Media branding and online media profiles; Experts/Expertise and the Policy Academic
Group work

Module 4, Leiden/Den Haag
September 2018

Group work on Collaborative Leadership, Oxford Character Project; Videography; Organising an academic workshop or conference; Media Training; Abstract Writing Workshop; Academic Article Publishing
Visits to Leiden City Hall with talk by the Mayor & Policy-coordinators; International IDEA; Humanity House
Talk by Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Group Work
Specialist talks/skills sessions for project work

Module 5, Barcelona
January 2019

Group work
Talks about Policy Making in Theory and Practice; Euroscepticism; Asylum in Europe; Refugees; Gang-affected Women; Energy Poverty; Challenges to Democracy in the Twenty-First Century; Challenges of Teaching in Europe’s Political Environment
Visit to the Catalan Parliament
Workshop on Ethical Dilemmas in Leadership

Module 6, Berlin
March/April 2019

Group work

Talks about Media Pluralism in Europe; Social Media and Deomcracy; The Threat of Corruption to Economic and Political Development and Security; Approached to online communication and politics; Standing as an MEP; A life in publishing

Visits to Bundestag and Axel Springer Verlag

Training Public Speaking

Module 7, Prague
June 2019

Group work

Talks about Youth Engagement with Civil Society; The 2019 EU Elections and the EU Parliament; New Political Parties and a New Politics?; Changing Attitudes in the Czech Republic; Rule of Law in Europe;

Lecture on Protests for Catalonian Independence and the Spanish response

Discussion panel on EU and European Neighbourhood/perspectives of accession states

Module 8, Oxford
September 2019

in progress