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


Doing research at the IEE


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:



Being a visiting researcher at the IEE


If you wish to join the IEE as a visiting researcher, you can do so by formally applying to visit the institute over a given period of time. The only eligibility conditions are that you can confirm your status as a researcher – be it an early, mid or late stage one; and that the research project that brings you to Brussels has both an interdisciplinary dimension and is clearly within the scope of European studies.

Disciplinary Applications or researchers not focusing on the EU are invited to send their applications for Visiting Researcher status directly to the Research Centre of interest.

A visiting researchers are necessarily affiliated  to one of the Institute’s constituent research team through which they are given a primary contact person who is often the academic supervisor designated to follow up on your visit. We invite you when applying for the “visiting researcher status” to also directly contact and inform the supervisor of your choice among the IEE’s academic staff..

Visiting researchers are expected to fully integrate and participate in the IEE's various research activities and to animate at least one research seminar outlining the most original aspects of their research.

No support staff, computer or personal work station will be awarded to visiting researchers, multiple shared workspaces are nonetheless available to visiting researchers at the IEE.

Moreover, to further help welcome visiting researchers in the best possible conditions  access to the university’s central library will also be provided.

To submit an application as a “Visiting Researcher”  with an interdisciplinary project please write to

Applications are reviewed by the IEE authorities within a fortnight following submission

An administrative fee of 32 € are expected to register for the university as a visiting researcher.