2017 EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program – Italy

2017 EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program – Italy

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Applications are open for the 2017 EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Program. The yearly program is set up for experts who wish to present and publicly discuss federal and regional questions that are of importance to legislators and civil servants, as well as the international academic community. It promotes comparative research at the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) and aims at weaving experts and their networks in order to develop and advance comparative federal and regional studies. This prgram is set up in honor of the works of Sergio Ortino, the founder of Federal Studies in South Tyrol.


The winner of the EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence program is granted a research stay of up to 3 weeks at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, preferably in early February. EURAC is located in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (South Tyrol), Northern Italy.

It comprises:

  • The possibility to publicly present and to publish his/her work in the online series EDAP or one of the EURAC book series, if considered appropriate by the president of the jury;
  • A work place and free access to the EURAC Library, including online library services;
  • The use of our administrative structures (secretariat and project development service);
  • A return ticket economic fare;
  • Accommodation in a single room in a standard guesthouse or in modern student halls of residence in centrally located areas of Bolzano/Bozen (within walking distance to EURAC).


  • Open to academics, post-docs and practitioners in federalism, regionalism and intergovernmental relations;
  • Applicants must hand in a not yet published manuscript and;
  • Be ready to present the findings of their works publicly in English within the Institute’s International Winter School on Federalism and Governance and in seminars at neighboring partner universities. To do so, the winner should thus be available to undertake his/her research stay during early February.

Selection Criteria

Submitted works are evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity (significant originality and initiative)
  • Content (overall quality, clarity and long term scientific value for comparative federal research)
  • Practicalusefulness (consequentiality for institutional, political, social and economic reality)
  • Strategic value (relevance for efficient multilevel governance and institutional reforms)
  • Reliability (referring to the problem framing and, if applicable, to data collection methods)
  • Replicability (applying to data and broadly speaking to the entire reasoning process)
  • Methodological effectiveness (clear demonstration on how the work is consonant in its source disciplines/methodologies or on how the work effectively advances the understanding and inquiry of the submitted topic by weaving disciplinary perspectives together and developing novel methodological approaches that are balanced)

Application Process

Applications are to be sent directly to the program manager by July 1, 15:00 CEST. Please note:

  • An unpublished paper or manuscript can be submitted in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish; in accordance to the program’s rules it is compulsory to insert the following declaration as a footnote in the submitted manuscript OR as a separate certification (with your signature): “I hereby confirm that the submitted work (TITLE) is not yet published.”
  • It has to be sent electronically and without any identifying information in it;
  • The applicant’s knowledge of English must be at working level;
  • Only full papers are accepted, no research plans (there is no rule concerning the length of the submitted work);
  • A paper or manuscript can only be re-submitted if substantively revised;
  • An abstract in English, a short CV and a motivation letter of maximum 2 pages have to be sent in a separate document; in accordance to the Italian Law on personal data handling (decree 196/2003). Make sure to attach the following consent to your CV: “I authorize EURAC to use my personal data in accordance to decree 196/2003.”
  • The motivation letter should contain information on how the applicant intends to use his/her time at EURAC. For instance, it can contain a project idea in line with the Institute’s research fields.
  • Applications must be submitted via email only.

For more information, visit EURAC Residence Program.