Sussex European Institute


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships (2017 Call)

Sussex European Institute welcomes applications for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships in areas of interest in European Studies.

We are particularly interested in applications of areas of specialisation including (but not limited to) the following areas

  • Brexit and its Implications
  • Domestic Politics of European Integration and Euroscepticism
  • European Foreign Policy
  • Energy Policy in Europe
  • European Constitutional Law
  • European Family Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • European Comparative Law
  • European Environmental Law
  • European Information Technology Law
  • Gender Politics in Europe
  • Immigration and Citizenship Politics in Europe
  • Law of the Single Market
  • Populism in Europe
  • Party Membership in Europe

The Sussex European Institute has a record of successful applications and will support strong applications from qualified and eligible candidates.

The deadline for final applications to the European Commission is 16:00 on Thursday 14 September and the guide for applicants for this year’s call can be found here:

Informal initial inquiries can be made to Professor Paul Taggart, Director, Sussex European Institute, email:

Research and postgraduate training in Politics and European Studies at Sussex takes place under the aegis of The Sussex European Institute, an entity which has always sought to make significant contributions both to Academic research and public policy development. This is demonstrated, among other things, by its role in directing the ESRC's major One Europe or Several? programme (1999-2004); editorships of several high-profile journals in recent years (Journal of Common Market Studies, European Foreign Affairs Review, Party Politics, Government & Opposition, European Journal of Political Research, Politics, and Representation); an impressive publication record (including in-house publications); a vibrant community of doctoral researchers; a strong record of external research funding; a major programme of continuing professional development for European civil servants via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Chevening Fellows scheme; and a widespread diet of research activities including conferences, workshops and weekly seminar series.


Research strategy
The SEI has four key strategic objectives:

      i.       to foster internationally excellent research on Europe that benefits both policy practitioners and the academic community;

     ii.       to facilitate this through external funding, publications, seminars, workshops, conferences, and consultancy on behalf of the European governance community;

     iii.       to recruit and train a vibrant community of research students who will become integral to the next generation of scholars and practitioners; and

     iv.       to thereby contribute to the political, economic and social well-being of Europe.

 The SEI pursues its strategic objectives in respect of three broad research fields:

RAE 2008: SEI was ranked second for European Studies research in Britain in the prestigious Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 2008.

These periodic assessments of research quality give the most important assessment of the quality and international standing of research in UK universities. Despite its history of distinguished interdisciplinary social science research on Europe since its founding in 1992, this is the first time SEI, along with colleagues in the Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies, has been submitted to the European Studies panel. It is extremely gratifying to be ranked so highly in a panel which covered 27 University Departments across Britain and which included the major UK centres which research into Europe.

The RAE is a complex research output measurement process based on peer review which aims to take place roughly every 5 years, (previous RAEs were in 1996, 2001 and 1995). It is sponsored by the Higher Education Funding Council in England (HEFCE) (and equivalent bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) as a mechanism through which the government can allocate research funding in line with the quality of output. Research outputs were assessed by panels of academics by discipline according to criteria set out by HEFCE and its academic advisors. Each full-time academic submitted 4 pieces of published work (2 for early career researchers) which were read by the panel and scored on a scale from 0 to 4* where 1* = national quality research; 2* = international quality; 3* = internationally excellent; 4* = world leading research. Research environment and esteem were judged on the same scale. Panel working methods differed but in European Studies published outputs carried a weight of 75%, environment 15% and esteem 10%. From the scores on individual outputs and the profile for environment (measured by indicators such as numbers of research students, completion rates for doctorates and funding from the Research Councils, charitable foundations, government and business) and esteem (measured by indicators such as learned journals hosted, doctorates examined at other universities, key note lectures given), profiles were constructed of the share of overall output in each of the categories e.g. 10% graded 1*; 40% graded 2*; 40% graded 3*; 10% graded 4* and this profile is the formal measure of research quality for each unit of assessment passed by the relevant panel to HEFCE and eventually published. It is also possible to calculate a weighted average of these scores to give a grade point average or GPA (2.5 for the example above). It is this GPA that allows ranking to take place.

The SEI output profile was 15% at 4*; 45% at 3*; 30% at 2* and 10% at 1* with an overall GPA of 2.65, which gave us second place (after LSE's GPA of 2.80) in the UK.

Comparisons among panels are more difficult. Our colleagues in the Department of International Relations achieved exactly the same score and were ranked 7th in the UK out of 59 departments of Politics and International Studies. Taken with our score for European Studies, this reinforces Sussex's reputation as a key British centre for research into international affairs.

SEI academics celebrate the RAE result, December 2008

SEI academics celebrate the RAE result, December 2008