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The competition is on for the 2017 EU Program Best Senior Thesis Award 

In order to be considered for the EU Program Best Senior Thesis Award, a senior thesis must deal with European integration, have a final grade in the “A range” and be nominated by its department and/or adviser. Departments can nominate several theses that qualify. The deadline for submitting the nominations and a hard and electronic copy of the nominated thesis is May 9. Please send the nomination and an electronic copy of the thesis to smeunier@princeton.edu, and the hard copy to Robertson Hall 437.

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The 2017 Princeton-Humboldt EUROFORT summer grants have been announced!

The Princeton recipients are Maximilian Molot '19 and Cassandra Emmons 'G. Congratulations!

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The 2017 Princeton-Sciences Po EUROGLOB summer grants have been announced!

The Princeton recipients are Rozalie Czesana '18, Karen Gallagher-Teske '18, and Justinas Mickus '18.

The Sciences Po recipients are Enja Saethren, Christoph Semken, Erik Tate, and Tom Theuns.

Congratulations!

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Call for Applications

Summer 2017 Undergraduate Fellowship of the Princeton-Humboldt EUROFORT Partnership

Fortress Europe? How the Rest of the World Shapes European Integration

 

Deadline: February 17, 2017

 

Research Focus

 

The European Union (EU) is the unique exemplar of a collective of states which enjoys both supra-national powers and binding procedures for democratic decision-making. Yet in spite of its remarkable accomplishments over more than fifty years, the EU is now facing a multitude of simultaneous crises, some of which call into question the very essence of European integration. The EU is challenged, as never before, to develop internal cohesion and solidarity while simultaneously opening up its borders in a globalizing world.

 

Now in its fourth year, the EUROFORT project examines the process of European integration in a new light, studying how it has and will develop in response to external pressures, such as migration, economic competition, and the resurgence of global power politics. For 2017, the research focuses on the ability of the EU to conclude trade and investment agreements with other countries.

 

The 2017 project involves studying how European politicians justify their arguments for or against trade and investment agreements negotiated between the EU and other countries. Student researchers will focus notably on recent negotiations between the EU and Canada for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), between the EU and Singapore for the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) and between the EU and the U.S. for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Student researchers will collect and analyze the statements of key political actors from the various involved countries in party programs, media outlets, and parliamentary debates. We will distribute the three case studies (CETA, EUSFTA, and TTIP) as well as specific countries, sources, and political actors amongst the students after we have selected the grant recipients.

 

 

Summer Fellowship Program

 

This program will provide a total of up to 3 summer fellowships for Princeton student researchers ($2,000 stipend plus $1,500 travel expenses). It is open to A.B. (ideally Juniors) and Ph.D students.

Princeton student researchers will first attend a short planning workshop in May in Princeton with Professor Meunier. Then they are expected to participate in the EUROFORT research week from June 26 to July 2, 2017, organized by Professor Vössing at Humboldt University Berlin. During the research week, students will receive training that prepares them for their research tasks, and they will collaboratively work with students at HU Berlin to conduct the research. Aside from the week in Berlin, the rest of the research can be conducted by the student in the place and time of her/his choosing (with prior agreement by Profs. Meunier and Vössing).

The student researcher will then turn over to EUROFORT all the data collected (e.g. scans of archival materials, interviews, etc., to be deposited in a common repository) and a report that summarizes the main findings and organizes the collected material.

We are looking for students with a good understanding of European integration, an ability to work independently, and good planning and writing skills. EUROFORT students are allowed and encouraged to use the research collected for their own independent research (e.g. Senior Thesis at Princeton).

 

Your application needs to contain the following materials

·          Curriculum Vitae

·          Current transcript

·          Letter of recommendation from one of your faculty advisers

·          Short essay explaining (1) why you are qualified to undertake this research; (2) which specific topic and/or country you would prefer to work on (e.g. CETA); (3) which languages you speak, write, and/or understand, at which level of competence; and (4), if applicable, how this research will help make a critical contribution to your AB work.

 

Deadline for application: February 17, 2017

Submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to smeunier@princeton.edu with Subject line: EUROFORT

 

 

Sophie Meunier, Research Scholar in Public and International Affairs and Co-Director EU Program at Princeton

Konstantin Vössing, Associate Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University Berlin

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Call for Applications

 

Summer 2017 Student Fellowship Program of the Princeton-Sciences Po EUROGLOB Strategic Partnership

 

Europeanization vs. Globalization: The Changing Politics of Economic Interdependence in Europe

 

Deadline: February 17, 2017

 

 

The acceleration of globalization since the end of the 20th century has revealed the benefits but also the dangers of economic interdependence. In Europe, globalization has come in two flavors, which have been combined or distinguished on purpose, depending on the political point to be made: “globalization”, which refers to external, often American, macro forces; and “Europeanization”, which refers to the gradual process of integrating regions, removing barriers, harmonizing regulations, and creating a common identity between the 28 members of the European Union (EU). In both cases, goods, services, capital, ideas, and people have started to massively circulate across borders, but the intensity of such exchanges is much deeper in the European case.

For almost two decades, European publics were reassured that the continuing process of European integration would protect them against the negative impact of globalization. The euro crisis, however, shook to the core the foundations of this tacit equilibrium. What if, instead of protecting European citizens from the vagaries of globalization, Europeanization had instead imported them further into the heart of Europe, like a Trojan Horse? What if economic recovery remained elusive precisely because Europeanization, which was supposed to be protective, was on the contrary preventing the economic adjustment necessary? This project asks how the linkages between globalization and Europeanization have changed, both in reality and in perception, in the wake of the euro crisis and the Brexit vote, and what this change means for politics and policies in Europe.

The Princeton-Sciences Po Collaborative Partnership “Europeanization vs. Globalization: The Changing Politics of Economic Interdependence in Europe” (EUROGLOB) is a three-year transatlantic research program bringing together Princeton and Sciences Po faculty as well as BA, MA and PhD students to carry out collaborative research on globalization and European integration.   The EUROGLOB research projects are organized in three related clusters, which are recruiting student researchers for Summer 2017 fellowships.

 

Cluster 1: Changing patterns of economic and political interdependence

The first research cluster aims to provide a comparative picture of Europeanization vs. globalization trends. We invite research proposals that will gather and analyse empirical evidence of changing patterns of economic interdependence (trade, financial flows, foreign direct investment interdependence) in the period before, during and after the crisis in Europe for individual European countries – with a preferred focus on France, Germany, Italy, and the UK.  

 

Cluster 2: Analysis of public discourse on globalization and Europeanization

The second research cluster focuses on gathering empirical evidence of public positions (policy-makers, academics, media) on globalization and European integration before and after the outbreak of the euro crisis. We invite research proposals that will construct and administer a survey of elite attitudes to globalization and European integration in France and/or other European states with a specific focus on trade policy and trade agreements, originating both from inside and outside the EU. We are particularly interested in empirical evidence about attitudes towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the U.S., the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, the proposed creation of an Investment Court System to settle investment disputes by the EU and the ramifications, in terms of trade interdependence in Europe, of ‘Brexit’.   

 

Cluster 3: The emergence of a globalization/Europeanization cleavage in domestic politics

In the third research cluster we invite proposals that seek to analyze the emergence of what some authors have started to refer to as a “globalization cleavage” in domestic politics. The forces of economic interdependence, both global and regional, have changed the character and substance of interest representation. Some of the political consequences have been an increase in electoral volatility and the emergence of new parties, usually at both extremes of the traditional left-right spectrum, who give a voice to the losers of global economic interdependence. Such dynamics are widely seen to have influenced Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. We particularly encourage research proposals that consider the upcoming elections in France, Italy and Germany and the negotiation of Brexit, analyzing how politicians locate themselves relative to the globalization and Europeanization cleavage.

 

 

Summer Grants Program

 

This program will provide up to 3 summer fellowships for Princeton student researchers ($2,000 in stipend, plus $1,500 travel and accommodation expenses) and up to 4 summer fellowships for Sciences Po student researchers (€2000 in stipend, plus up to €1000 for travel). It is open to A.B. (ideally Juniors) and Ph.D students on the Princeton side, as well as Master level and Ecole Doctorale students on the Sciences Po side.

Both Princeton and Sciences Po grantees will attend a planning workshop at Princeton University in May 2017 as well as a meeting at Sciences Po in July 2017. Research will be conducted for four weeks of the student’s choosing and completed by the end of August. Princeton students are expected to spend some of their research time at Sciences Po (at least three days)– if they want to stay longer in Paris while doing their research, they will be provided with a place to work at Sciences Po.

The student researcher will turn over to EUROGLOB all the data collected (e.g. survey conducted, scans of archival materials, interviews, etc.,) to be deposited in a common repository, as well as write an analytical report that summarizes the main findings and organizes the collected material. All EUROGLOB participants are allowed and encouraged to use the research collected for their own independent research (e.g. Senior Thesis at Princeton, Masters and PhD thesis at Sciences Po).

We are looking for students with a good understanding of European integration, an ability to work independently, and good planning and writing skills. The application involves an original research proposal by the student in line with the requirements of one of the clusters, but if selected, the student should expect to tweak the research as directed by the EUROGLOB directors.

 

Your application needs to contain the following materials

·          Curriculum Vitae

·          Current transcript

·          Letter of recommendation from one of your faculty advisers

·          A short research proposal/application explaining why you are qualified to undertake this research (e.g. survey or other research training), which cluster you are applying for, what research you propose to conduct and how and, if applicable, this research will help make a critical contribution to your AB, BA, MA or PhD thesis.

 

Deadline for application: February 17, 2017

For Princeton students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to smeunier@princeton.edu with Subject line: EUROGLOB

For Sciences Po students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to: colin.hay@sciencespo.fr with Subject line: EUROGLOB

 

 

Sophie Meunier, Research Scholar in Public and International Affairs and Co-Director EU Program at Princeton

Colin Hay, Professeur des Universités en science politique, Centre d'études européennes de Sciences Po, Paris

Congratulations to Joanna Mieczkowska '16 winner of the 2016 EU Program Best Senior Thesis Award with "A Region Divided: The Role of Threat Perception in Central and Eastern European Responses to Russian Aggression in Ukraine"!

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The 2016 Princeton-Sciences Po EUROGLOB summer grants have been announced!

The Princeton recipients are Hayley Roth '17 and Gloria Umutoni '18. Congratulations!

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The 2016 Princeton-Humboldt EUROFORT summer grants have been announced!

The Princeton recipients are Lizzie Bird '17, Karen Gallagher-Teske '18 and Justinas Mickus '18. Congratulations!

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Interviews

The EU Program Undergraduate Fellows conduct interviews with our speakers. 

Here Leo Michel, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, is interviewed by Amanda Tuninetti '11 on the issue of European defense and security policy.

 

The European Union Program at Princeton sponsors events and activities at Princeton University relating to the European Union and European politics generally. These include lectures and seminars by outside speakers, course development, research conferences, policy analysis, public commentary, visiting fellows, student activities, and informational outreach.

The EU Program was founded in 2004 and has been affiliated with the Princeton Institute on International and Regional Studies since 2012. Additional funding comes from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School. It welcomes opportunities for cooperation with other institutions inside and outside of Princeton University.

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