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Summer 2018 Student Fellowship Program of the Princeton-Sciences Po EUROGLOB Strategic Partnership

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

Deadline: February 25, 2018

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 (soon 27) 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. For this third year, the EUROGLOB research projects are organized in two related clusters, which are recruiting student researchers for Summer 2018 fellowships.


Cluster 1: Chinese direct investment in the European Union

Principal Researcher: Sophie Meunier

The first research cluster investigates the political challenges created by the recent influx of Chinese direct investment in the European Union. It is very topical, especially as the EU is putting forward a proposal, resisted by many member states, to screen inward foreign direct investment at the supranational level. For this cluster, we are looking for student researchers with either one of the following skills:

·         Quantitative survey analysis skills: The student(s) researcher(s) will analyze the results of a proprietary survey on European attitudes towards Chinese investment conducted on 10,000 Europeans. The student must be formally trained in survey analysis. The student application will detail coursework and prior work in survey analysis.

·         Qualitative interviewing skills: The student(s) researcher(s) will conduct interviews in France and/or other European countries that they know well in companies that have received Chinese investment –or whose competitors have received Chinese investment. The student needs prior training or experience in interviewing, as well as an investigative and practical disposition to locate the companies, obtain permission to interview, and travel to the interviewing sites. S/he will upload the recordings of the interviews, when available, in the common EUROGLOB data repository and will also provide a written report at the end of the fellowship period.


Cluster 2: The rise of populism and its articulation with anti-globalization sentiment

Principal Researcher: Colin Hay

In the second cluster we invite proposals that seek to analyze the emergence of what some authors are referring to as a “globalization cleavage” in domestic politics and the extent to which this might help us explain the rise of populism within the EU. The forces of economic interdependence, both global and regional, have contributed to changing 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, at both extremes of the traditional left-right spectrum, claiming to give a voice to the losers of global economic interdependence. We particularly encourage research proposals that propose the collection of new data and which consider these phenomena in Britain (including, of course, the vote for Brexit), France, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia. We welcome proposals drawing on qualitative or quantitative methods – or, indeed, those making use of mixed method approaches. 



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 3 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 2018 as well as a meeting at Sciences Po in late June 2018. 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 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 25, 2018

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

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

Sophie Meunier, Senior 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 Quentin Becheau '17, winner of the 2017 EU Program Best Senior Thesis Award!


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

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


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.





France: Seduction and Politics (December 11, 2017)

Moderator: Sophie Meunier (Princeton)

Panelists: David Bell (Princeton), Elaine Sciolino (New York Times), Anne-Claire Legendre (Consule Generale de France a New York)


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.