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Center for European Studies Receives Grant for EU Studies and Research

August 3, 2018
UNC Global

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for European Studies (CES) was awarded a three-year grant from the European Union (EU) that begins in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant from the European Commission will make CES a dynamic hub for teaching, research, events and digital engagement on EU studies for students, faculty, researchers and the North Carolina public. The award’s theme is “The EU and the U.S.: Common Challenges. Common Solutions?”

The grant will support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research in Europe, as well as an EU-focused course for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. It will allow UNC scholars across disciplines to hold public lectures, conferences and workshops on topics including Brexit in a global context, environmentalism in literature and film, refugees and immigrants, liberalism, populism, inequality and labor rights. The events will bring together scholars, students, policymakers and community members from across the U.S. and EU to consider these themes in the contexts of Europe, North America and North Carolina.

“We are grateful for the European Commission’s support through the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant,” said John Stephens, director of the Center for European Studies and Gerhard E. Lenski Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology. “The award is an invaluable opportunity to continue making EU studies accessible to UNC’s researchers, students and community members. CES strives to provide the public with world-class resources and a community for the study of Europe and the EU, and the European Commission is greatly augmenting our efforts.”

Digitally available podcasts, blog posts, and research publications will complement CES lectures, conferences and workshops.

To learn more about the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant and its benefits for the UNC community, visit

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