School of Social and Political Science

University of Edinburgh / KU Leuven PhD Studentships (European Studies)


Applications have now closed.

The University of Edinburgh is offering studentships for PhD applicants in the field of European Studies for September 2021 entry.

The PhD project must relate to one of the three topics specified for the University of Edinburgh – KU Leuven PhD Studentship programme.

The PhD projects will be co-supervised by expert academics at the University of Edinburgh and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Students would have the opportunity to spend up to a total of 12 months at KU Leuven across the course of the PhD and in arrangement with the supervisory team.

Available topics

The three available topics are:

  • Politics of European Union External Relations - Supervisors: Dr Chad Damro (UoE), Dr Edith Drieskens (KUL) - PhD Politics
  • Law and the European Union Internal Market - Supervisors: Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne (UoE), Prof Wouter Devroe (KUL) - PhD Law
  • Identity and the European Union - Supervisors: Prof Laura Cram (UoE), Marc Hooghe (KUL) PhD Politics


Value of awards

A maximum of three awards will be offered.  The successful applicant will be awarded a 4-year studentship, which includes:

  • full tuition fees
  • a stipend and provision of research costs

The studentship will be awarded competitively and is open to UK, EU and overseas students applying to start their PhD programme of study in 2021-22.


All applicants should hold at least:

  • a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent; and
  • a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent

English Language requirements

All non-UK candidates whose first language is not English must provide a certificate of proficiency in the English Language before they are able to matriculate at the University of Edinburgh.

Please note that if applicants cannot demonstrate that English language requirements have been met at the point of application, the English requirement will be part of any admission offer made.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2021.

The deadline for both references to be received by the College is 17 March 2021.

Application process

Applicants are required to provide the following information saved within one PDF document:

  • research proposal (2-4 pages) that outlines your research interests and your reasons for applying for one of the specified topics (for example - external relations, law or identity)
  • academic CV
  • degree transcripts - translations should be provided if the originals are not in English

Applicants wishing to apply for more than one topic must submit a PDF file, for each topic. Where information is missing, the application may not be considered.

The PDF file should be emailed to the following address by the application deadline of 15 March 2021:

The subject line of your email must include 'European Studies application' and the name of the topic to which you are applying.

For example:

  • 'European Studies Application - External Relations' or
  • 'European Studies Application - Law'; or
  • 'European Studies Application - Identity'

Two signed referee letters of reference must be emailed to no later than 17 March 2021.

Candidates are required to submit at least 1 academic reference. The second reference may be academic or professional.

We may not consider your application complete unless these references are received by the reference deadline.

Further information

Queries regarding the available projects should be directed to:

Dr Chad Damro (Politics & International Relations):

General enquiries can be directed to

Student category