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Fully-Funded PhD Degree Scholarships at the European University Institute in Italy

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Fully-Funded PhD Degree Scholarships at the European University Institute in Italy

Each year, the EUI Member States and the Associated Member States provide approximately 150 fully-funded scholarships programs for international students to pursue their PhD study in Italy.


  • Eligible Countries: Submissions are open for all nationalities across the world
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The sponsorship will be awarded for PhD study in four departments – Law, Economics, Political and Social Sciences, and History and Civilization.
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants should check the minimum degree requirements set by the relevant grant authority for admission to the EUI PhD Programme.
  • As a general rule, applicants should fulfil the minimum degree requirements by 31 August, but note that this is not valid for candidates applying for some national grants whose eligibility requirements include conditions regarding the degree and its time of the award.
  • Austria: Completion of university studies (Magister/Master’s degree)
  • Belgium (Flanders): Master degree – Belgium (Wallonie-Bruxelles): Master degree of at least 120 credits
  • Bulgaria: Master’s degree diploma with a Grade Point Average of minimum “Very good 5” or the respective equivalent from the evaluation system in the country, where the degree is obtained
  • Cyprus: Bachelor’s degree (ptychio)
  • Denmark: Bachelor’s degree or a degree assessed equivalent. The assessment is carried out by the Danish Agency for Research and Education
  • Finland: Master’s degree / higher education degree, equivalent foreign degree
  • France: DEA (or Master) or equivalent to BAC + 5
  • Estonia: Master’s degree
  • Germany: Completion of university studies and the qualifications required to study for a doctorate
  • Greece: Higher education degree (ISCED 6), and master’s degree or equivalent (ISCED 7)
  • Italy: Degree (old system); master’s degree/master’s degree (new system) or equivalent
  • Latvia: Postgraduate or postgraduate level education (Master’s degree or training equal to a Master’s degree)
  • Luxembourg: Master degree or equivalent
  • Malta: Master’s degree equivalent to Level 7 on the Malta Qualifications Framework
  • Netherlands: Doctoral examen or Master’s degree
  • Norway: Master’s degree or equivalent degree
  • Poland: Master’s degree (magister or an equivalent degree)
  • Portugal: Licenciatura and qualifications required to study for a doctorate in Portugal
  • Romania: Candidates should have an undergraduate degree + a master degree (usually 3 + 2 years) or an equivalent qualification needed to study for a doctorate
  • Spain: Bachelor’s or master’s degree plus 300 credits or bachelor’s or 300-degree bachelor’s degree
  • Sweden: General entry requirements according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance. A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she: 1) Has been awarded a second-cycle qualification. 2) Has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3) has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant if there are exceptional grounds. Ordinance (2010:1064)
  • Switzerland: Completion of university studies (Master’s degree)
  • 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
  • EUI Special Doctoral Fellowships: Master or equivalent degree in an academic discipline relevant to the doctoral programme of the selected EUI Department and the research proposal


  • The funding grants will cover tuition fees and living costs for EU member states applicants. Individual awards are also offered to non-EU member states applicants.
  • Most EU member states provide awards for living costs and tuition fees. There are surplus settlements with non-EU member states, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supplies grants to candidates from many countries.
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