Funded Research Trip to the Historical Archives of the European Union, Florence

In partnership with the James Madison Charitable Trust, we are delighted to offer a scholarship for a PhD student or Early-Career researcher to visit the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence for 5-10 working days and conduct archival research.

To be eligible to apply, your research must be in European Studies or a related field (e.g. Politics, IR, Law, History, Sociology, Economics, Cultural Studies). Your research must include surveying John Pinder’s personal archive which has recently been deposited at the HAEU. You must be a UACES Student or Early-Career Member (or join here).

The successful applicant will be expected to submit a paper or panel proposal based on the research that they conduct at the archives for the UACES Annual Conference taking place in 2021 (the call for papers will open in October 2020).

Generous funding of £1300 is on offer for the successful applicant. £1000 is to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence whilst in Florence, £300 is to cover costs for attending the UACES Annual Conference in 2021, taking place in the famous UK maritime city and Beatles hometown, Liverpool.

The research trip can take place in Spring or Summer 2020. It is envisaged that it will last between 5-10 working days maximum. Final details can be agreed between UACES, the EUI and the researcher following a successful application.

Submit your Application

In order to apply for funding, email admin [at] with your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages outlining:

  1. The area you are currently researching
  2. How a visit to the HAEU could benefit your research
  3. How access to John Pinder's personal archive could benefit your research

If you have any queries about the funding please contact (admin [at]

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 December 2019.



'Using Archives for Historical Research on the EU' - N. Piers Ludlow (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Find out more about how archival work could aid your research on contemporary Europe:

This talk was recorded at the 'Europe in the Archives, Europe in the Future' conference (Florence, 12 October 2017). Download audio to listen later.

2019 Recipient

Lucie Chamlian (Kiel University)

"I am a political scientist trained in International Relations and European Studies and a member of the Research Group on International Political Sociology at Kiel University. My PhD thesis investigates dispositifs of EU security and the normalization of CSDP interventions. Currently, I work on a critical history and sociology of European Studies. Since autumn 2018, I am a collaborator in the research project "European Studies in a Global Perspective" at the Institute for European Global Studies at Basel University. I am particularly interested in the analysis of the relational field that facilitated early institutionalisations, the organisation and production of European Studies on the one hand, and the struggles fought around this scholarly project on the other. The visit to the HAEU will allow me to map the web of personal, institutional and political relations that historically formed and sustained European Studies, its professional networks and associations, through an exploration of unique historical sources."

Previous Recipients

Congratulations to our two successful applicants for 2018:

Cleo Davies (University of Edinburgh)

"After working for five years in European affairs in Brussels, I am doing a PhD in Politics at the University of Edinburgh on the creation of the European Supervisory Authorities post Global Financial Crisis. The research includes a longitudinal study of the European Commission’s thinking about integrated financial market supervision. Through the angle of supervision, I explore the tension between the creation of a Single Market and an Economic and Monetary Union. The visit to the HAEU is more specifically about gathering data on the possible tensions between the UK and the EU in the area of financial market integration, focusing on aspects of banking supervision and regulation from the mid-1980s."

Listen to an interview with Cleo

Read about Cleo's research trip

Marta Musso (King's College London)

"I am a historian working on European, global, and digital history. I study the relations between economic actor, States, and international diplomacy, as well as new methods of historical research and heritage preservation in a digital environment. I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge and in 2016/2017 I was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. I am currently Teaching Fellow in Digital Humanities at King’s College London and the Communication Manager of the Archives Portal Europe Foundation. This research trip to the Archives of the European Union will help me to complete the research for my first book on the nationalisation of the oil industry and European Energy policies. I will digitise the fond on the EEC activities related to non-nuclear energy and analyse it through automated text analysis; a new methodology that will help me to understand the discussions on energy policies occurred at a European level between the 1950s and 1970s."

Read more about Marta's research trip