EU3D student grant

The international research project EU3D is looking for students who are interested in writing an MA thesis on a theme related to the increasingly differentiated European political order. 

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EU3D is a research project that asks: what are the democratic potentials and the dominance pitfalls of differentiation in today’s EU? EU3D provides important knowledge of the conditions under which EU reforms may fail or succeed by analysing:

  • The EU system of economic governance
  • Asylum and immigration policy
  • Citizens’ perceptions of EU governance
  • Media and parliamentary debates
  • Regional and municipal actors
  • Future of Europe reform proposals
  • EU-UK relations post-Brexit
  • EU compared to other federations and regional organisations
  • EU’s affiliations with non-members
  • EU’s relations with applicant states

EU3D has ten European partner institutions and is coordinated by ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo. Students will be supervised by one of ARENA’s researchers affiliated to the EU3D project.



  • Prior enrolment in an MA-programme and meet the academic progress requirements of that programme
  • Write an MA thesis in English on one of the topics listed below
  • Supervisor from ARENA’s EU3D project
  • Daily workspace at ARENA from October 2019 until June 2020
  • Submit the thesis during the spring term 2020


We are particularly interested in MA theses that address one of the following three topics. We do however also welcome proposals for theses that address one of the other EU3D research topics listed above.

1. Brexit and differentiated integration

EU3D invites applications for a master thesis that analyses the relationship between Brexit and differentiated integration. That could be an analysis of the UK and differentiated integration prior to the 2016 referendum or after it. Possible topics under the former would be the UK’s opt-outs and why they were insufficient to prevent the British public voting to leave in 2016. Possible topics under the latter could include the implications of any Brexit for different ways of arranging relationships between the EU and affiliated non-member states.

The choice of cases and method will be done in cooperation with the EU3D supervisor.

2. The role of parliaments in fostering democratic reforms

The EU is currently involved in a major debate on Europe’s future. In that connection, EU3D invites applications for a master’s thesis that focuses on how parliaments debate and formulate proposals for democratic reforms. Studies could either compare countries; or focus on the European Parliament; or focus on specific issues such as the system of Eurozone governance, EU immigration and asylum policy, or more general underlying constitutional-democratic visions of the EU. The thesis could concentrate on parliamentary debates and/or documents from the European Parliament or from selected national parliaments.

The choice of cases and method will be done in cooperation with the EU3D supervisor.

3. Media and EU integration

News media play a vital role in shaping and conditioning European citizens’ perceptions of the EU integration project, of ‘how much EU’ is necessary and acceptable. EU3D invites applications for a master thesis that focuses on the role of accredited EU correspondents in particular. Studies could either compare the frames of reporting on EU issues that EU correspondents from different countries use; or focus on specific country cases. Reporting frames and possible biases of EU correspondents, as well as public reactions to these, can be studied longitudinally, in relation to specific issues (the Euro, immigration and asylum EU policy, climate change/energy reforms); or in conjunction with specific events, such as selected European Parliament elections, the Brexit referendum, the Eurocrisis, the Paris terror attacks or the refugee crisis of 2015.

The choice of cases and method will be done in cooperation with the EU3D supervisor.


Deadline: Sunday 16 June 2019

The application should include:

  • Letter of motivation, indicating which of the topics you wish to address – and briefly why and how you intend to address it (1-2 pages)
  • CV (including information on current studies and references)
  • Copies of transcripts from BA and MA
  • A sample of your written work, such as a seminar paper or bachelor thesis. 


Evaluation and selection criteria

We wish to attract students holding high academic standards. We will give preference to applicants with a combination of: good grades, a convincing letter of motivation, and proficiency in English writing.


  • 16 June 2019: Deadline for  application
  • Before 20 June: Interview with potential supervisor and announcement of the selected candidates

Rights and duties

The following duties will apply to you as a student:

  • Finish your MA thesis within the outlined time frame
  • Contribute to relevant ARENA and EU3D activities during your time at ARENA, including ARENA’s regular Tuesday seminars
  • Have your daily workspace at ARENA from October 2019 until June 2020
  • Have an ARENA researcher as supervisor

Your rights as an EU3D student at ARENA are:

  • Supervision by a researcher from the EU3D team at ARENA
  • Grant of NOK 20,000
  • Publication of your MA thesis in the ARENA and/or EU3D report series (subject to an assessment by the EU3D Coordinator and ARENA's Director).


  • For any questions related to the research topics, please contact EU3D Coordinator John Erik Fossum: / 22 85 88 81
  • For other questions, please contact EU3D Project Manager Geir Kværk: / 99 51 37 91
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Published May 9, 2019 10:24 AM - Last modified June 6, 2019 10:31 AM