The European University Institute in Florence, Italy, has announced around 150 PhD scholarships for the academic year 2016-2017, with several places open to scholars from outside the European Union under a special program.

Non-EU candidates, including those from the Middle East and North Africa, seeking places to study for a PhD in economics, history, law, or political and social sciences can apply for EUI Special Doctoral Fellowships.

As well as covering tuition fees and access to university facilities, successful candidates will receive monthly grants of just under €1300 to meet living expenses.

A small number of places are also available for non-EU candidates who are able to secure external funding sufficient to cover tuition fees, accommodation, and livings costs in Florence for a 4-year period.

In particular, candidates from a number of countries including Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia can apply for fee-covering grants offered by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

To be eligible for an EUI scholarship, candidates must have completed a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject by the end of August 2016. They must also demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2016, and the primary criteria of successful applications is described as “academic excellence.” In addition, the “originality and feasibility” of each candidate’s PhD proposal plays a “crucial role” in determining which candidates are selected.

The EUI is organizing a series of presentations in various universities in London, Stockholm, Budapest, Toulouse, Lyon, Cairo, Dublin and Madrid to introduce its doctoral program for the year 2016-2017.