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2017 Postgraduate research grants on European public finances - 11th edition

Met dank overgenomen van Europese Rekenkamer, gepubliceerd op woensdag 29 maart 2017.

The European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and the European University Institute (Historical Archives of the European Union) in Florence (Italy) have set up a grant scheme for researchers in the field of European public finance and the EU budget.

Two grants (5,000 euros each) are available in 2017 for researchers in the field of European public finance.

The landscape of European public finance is changing fast. New instruments and tools of economic governance are being created. The global economic and European financial crises have brought serious political challenges and raised fundamental questions about accountability and auditing in the European Union. In fact, European Public Finance has been an important topic for six decades. The institutions and bodies that manage and control European taxpayers’ money, and the policies and programmes through which it is spent, have been evolving over this time.

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    What have been the key issues that have shaped European public finances over time?
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    How can we explain present-day arrangements to deliver public audit and control in the EU?
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    What are the historical links between EU politics, administration, audit and accountability?
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    What can we learn from the past that can help us manage today’s risks to taxpayers’ money?


The scheme began in 2007 and has since enabled original research into many areas: the role of the EU institutions, the evolution of compliance, the development of audit methodology, shared management in policy implementation, multi-level governance, regional policy, the emergence of institutional norms and values, etc.

The scheme is open to academic researchers from a range of disciplines, including law, political science, economics, sociology, public administration and history. It is open to 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 five years and who currently hold an academic post.

The aim is to promote original research into EU’s public finances and their impact, as well as into the development of the EU's "external audit" work, in addition to forging a community of researchers in this field.

The grants enable researchers to visit the newly-housed archives in Florence. The Historical Archives of the European Union contain a wealth of primary documents deposited by the EU institutions, many of which have never been closely examined by researchers.

Would you like to know how the grants scheme could improve your academic path? Watch these short interviews with our previous grant holders:

Apply by 16 June 2017 (CLICK HERE).

Related links:

Information about the Grants Programme

European University Institute

Previous grants holders

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