PhD Scholarships in Political History

Applications are now being accepted for the Political History (POLHIST) track within the 2013/14 PhD program at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca ( The track aims at providing students with the most advanced and up-to-date theoretical and methodological instruments for the historical study of nineteenth and twentieth century politics, policies, political institutions and political ideas. The program aims in particular at bridging two divides: that between the theoretical approach of social scientists (political scientists and theorists, economists and anthropologists) and the idiographic approach of historians, and that between national and non-national (international, cross-national, transnational, global) political histories.

All courses are held in English and led by world-renowned researches. Core and advanced courses are devoted to methodologies, theoretical instruments and general interpretative frameworks. Coursework is further enriched by research seminars, offered to transmit highly-specific and avant-garde concepts and, at the same time, be accessible to a wide student audience. By means of these courses and seminars the track will seek to present a wide array of research experiences - either in progress, recently completed, or "classical", and aims at providing students with the opportunity to confront and understand as many methodologies as possible, meanwhile keeping abreast of the latest international advancements in historical studies.

Students will also have the possibility of performing advanced research in the Institutional Change, Economics, Society (ICES) and Political History (POLHIST) research units. PhD students, besides receiving the standard research scholarship of ?13,600/year (amount established by Italian law), are offered on-campus housing on a brand-new and fully integrated campus in the historical center of the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca, and daily access to the canteen. Students also get the opportunity to spend research periods abroad during the program.

To find out more about the institute, the POLHIST track, and how to apply, please see

The deadline for applications is July 17th 2013, 6 pm Italian time

Published on: 
11 Jun 2013