Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles


PhD research

The IEE-ULB has a proven track record when it comes to providing PhD training that promotes disciplinary excellence whilst also responding to a the more interdisciplinary, international and professional needs of a new generation of researchers.

In close collaboration with its three faculty partners (Philosophy and Social Sciences; Law and Criminology and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management) the IEE-ULB is committed to training tomorrow's researchers and engaged in shaping the boundaries of future research.

The PhD training at the IEE-ULB in brief

With over 40 nationalities and four disciplines represented, PhD students training at the IEE-ULB come from a variety of backgrounds. They are an integral part of a unique international epistemic community in European studies. Once recruited, they all go through a one-year long disciplinary methodological training hosted by the relevant partner faculty ending with them having to defend their PhD training dissertation. Subsequent years of their PhD programme are dedicated to individual and collective research hosted at the IEE-ULB.


Financing PhD research at the IEE-ULB

PhD research at the IEE-ULB is developed with the support of a variety of sources of funding. This convergence of private, public, national, European and international funding contributes towards ensuring a pluralistic and open research environment.

In this regard, the IEE-ULN has, amongst other things, been involved in partnerships with the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus, Marie Curie and Jean Monnet programmes; the FNRS's individual research fellowships, FRESH and mini-arc programmes; the Chinese Scholarship Council; and private foundations.


Erasmus Mundus

Marie Curie 

Jean Monnet 


Conseil des Bourses Chinoises


Internationalisation of the PhD research

The IEE-ULB contributes actively to the structuring of PhD training and research at the European and international levels. The efforts that it makes in order to internationalise the latter are based on its conviction of the value added of scientific cooperation as a catalyst for more reciprocity, efficiency, mutual learning and the convergence of means for everyone.

The IEE-ULB has also been involved in most European programmes since they were set up. We could thus cite the FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 research programmes; programmes relating to Jean Monnet, Erasmus and now Erasmus+ programmes; or those that cover both higher education and research such as the Erasmus Mundus and Marie Sklodowska Curie actions.


3 PhD schools

Structurally,  PhD research at the IEE-ULB is based on three PhD schools: