Marie Curie fellowships
20 June 2005
A conference at UCL from 23-25 June 2005 brought together PhD students from across Europe for the meeting of the European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean; an EU-funded initiative that endows PhD students in history and related disciplines with Marie Curie Fellowships, to study at one of 10 prestigious institutions across Europe for a period of three to 12 months.
Held at UCL for the first time, the annual conference was attended by 40 Marie
Curie fellows, providing a culmination of their experience on the scheme. The
programme was opened with a keynote lecture by Professor Martin Daunton, President
of the Royal Historical Society, and then ran into a series of chaired panel
sessions. UCL's President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, and Vice
Provost (Academic & International), Professor Michael Worton, both attended
over the course of the three days.
UCL is the only UK partner in the European Doctorate scheme, which brings together
European institutions renowned for their research in history, such as the University
Ca' Foscari in Venice, where the programme is based, the Ecole Normale
Superieure de Paris, the Academy of Science in Bratislava and the Universities
of Athens and Lisbon, in order to offer the Marie Curie Fellows the chance to
experience their research subject for a new perspective. The programme has been
running for four years and has been renewed for another four years, starting
from the next academic year. Participants on the scheme benefit from financial
allowances, research seminars, as well as supervision by academic experts at
their host university.
Modern European historian Dr Axel Körner is the UCL coordinator for the
scheme. He commented: "Doctoral students from any EU- and associated countries,
researching on any aspect of Europe's history, from the ancient period
to the modern day, are eligible to apply for a Marie Curie Fellowship. The scheme
offers generous funding for the time you are abroad, and provides students with
a fresh perspective on their discipline. For instance, I regularly encourage
students of British history to apply to the programme, as I believe that the
confrontation with different historiographical approaches and transnational
historical developments may help them to develop new ways of thinking about
When completing their PhD thesis, Marie Curie Fellows are also given the opportunity
to earn the additional qualification of European Doctorate by submitting an
additional piece of work in the language of the host university and undergoing
an additional viva examination.
Dr Körner said: "Numerous UCL PhD students in history or related disciplines have held the fellowships in the past, from a variety of departments across the university. I'd very much encourage doctoral students to apply to the scheme."
Image: The conference organisers and Marie Curie fellows at UCL.
To see the full programme of the conference and learn more about the fellowships use the links below.
European Doctorate In the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean
UCL Department of History events