Support for the Study of Europe Beyond the University of Illinois

The European Union Center wishes to draw attention to the following excellent outside opportunities for scholarship in Europe.

  • The European Union's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme supports researchers of all nationalities and at all stages of their careers, including PhD candidates. Please see here for current open calls.
  • The Fulbright Schuman Program provides grants for U.S. and EU citizens to conduct research in the European Union or the United States. U.S. students, scholars, and professionals interested in topics related to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions may apply for a 6-9 month grant to study or conduct research in the EU. Students and professionals at all degree levels are welcome to apply, although preference is given to candidates with two years of relevant professional or academic experience beyond a bachelor's degree and to projects that will be carried out in at least two EU member states.
  • The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies from the Council for European Studies provide $27,000 stipends to graduate students completing dissertations on topics with significant overlap with European studies. To be eligible to apply, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, at the ABD stage, have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the beginning of the fellowship year, and have exhausted the dissertation completion funding from their academic departments. The deadline to submit an application for the 2021-22 academic year is January 15, 2021.
  • Pre-dissertation graduate students working on European anthropology may apply for the SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship to receive a $5,000 stipend to support two months of dissertation research in Europe. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program, not have completed the majority of their doctoral coursework, and not have completed significant dissertation research in Europe. Applications are typically due in mid-February.

In addition to occasional calls for faculty travel grants and contributions to grant proposals, the EU Center is also excited to offer the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU ScholarshipThe Larry Neal Prize is named after the first Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois — one of the original ten centers in the U.S. funded by the European Commission. Larry Neal is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research; and Fellow at the Royal Historical Society. Under his leadership, the center focused on graduate-level programs, establishing an interdisciplinary graduate research seminar on the EU and EU-U.S. relations. Dr. Neal's recent research has covered the interplay of finance and philanthropy; emerging markets; and trade, with a focus on the EU and the U.S. He is the author of numerous monographs and edited volumes, including A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2015) and The Cambridge History of Capitalism, Volumes 1 and 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Eligible submissions for the Larry Neal Prize include books and articles from all disciplinary fields that address current issues faced by the European Union or in transatlantic relations. To learn more about eligibility and the nomination process, see the previous call for submissions here. Learn more about the winners of the 2020 Larry Neal Prize here.