The European Court of Auditors and the European University Institute in Florence are now accepting applications for the 15th edition of their joint Postgraduate Research Grant Programme. This grant scheme is aimed at researchers interested in the field of European public finance and the EU budget. Two research grants (€5 000 each) will be awarded to researchers working on projects related to the impact of European public finances on society and culture. Candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines are welcome to apply, including scholars of law, political science, economics, sociology, public administration and history.
The European University Institute is home to the Historical Archives of the European Union, a collection of archives from the European Court of Auditors and other European institutions. The joint grant scheme of the ECA and the EUI offers an opportunity to delve into these rich historical archives. Florence, a centre of European culture, history and research, is the ideal setting for scholars to explore, examine and conduct original research into pertinent European questions. This programme ensures continued research into the public finances of the EU as well as audit and accountability in the EU context. Moreover, it is forging a community of researchers in this field. The scheme began in 2007 and has since enabled original research into many areas, including the role of the EU institutions, the evolution of compliance, the development of audit methodology, shared management in policy implementation, multi-level governance, EU regional policy, the emergence of institutional norms and values, EU development policy, and more.
The programme is open to all current postgraduate students (master’s and doctoral candidates) and to postdoctoral students, as well as to university teachers who have completed their master's degree or doctorate within the past ten years.
The Grant Programme Selection Committee is composed of the former Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union and of senior (or former) officials of the European Court of Auditors.
Application procedure and deadline for 2021
30 July 2021 (Applications must be sent by e-mail to the Historical Archives of the European Union no later than 30 July 2021)