Summer 2020 Student Fellowship Princeton-University of Geneva EUROCOMPLEX Partnership Call for Applications

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019

Summer Grants Program

This program will provide up to 2 summer fellowship for Princeton student researchers ($2,000 in stipend, plus $1,500 travel and accommodation expenses) and up to 2 short-stay fellowships for UNIGE Ph.D candidate ($2, 000 in stipend, plus up to $1,000 for travel). It is open to A.B. (ideally juniors) and Ph. D students on the Princeton side, and to Ph. D students on the UNIGE side.

Both Princeton and UNIGE grantees will attend a planning meeting and academic workshop at Princeton University on May 6-7, 2020, as well as a meeting at UNIGE in early July 2020. Research will be conducted for four weeks of the student’s choosing and completed by the end of August. Princeton students are expected to spend some of their research time at UNIGE (at least three days) – if they want to stay longer in Geneva while doing their research, they will be provided with a place to work at the GSI. The student researcher will turn over to EUROCOMPLEX all the data collected (e.g. survey conducted, scans of archival materials, interviews, etc.,) to be deposited in a common repository, as well as write an analytical report that summarizes the main findings and organizes the collected material.

We are looking for students with a good understanding of European Integration and Regime Complexes, an ability to work independently, and good planning and writing skills. The application involves an original research proposal by the student in line with the requirements of one of the clusters, but if selected, the student should expect to tweak the research as directed by the EUROCOMPLEX directors.

Your application, to be received by Monday February 17 2020, needs to contain the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Current transcript (if applicable).
  • Letter of recommendation from one of your faculty advisers.
  • A short research proposal/application explaining why you are qualified to undertake this research (e.g. survey research training), which cluster you are applying for, what research you propose to conduct and how and, if applicable, this research will help make a critical contribution to your AB, BA, MA or Ph.D thesis. Concerning PhD students: your proposal must also refer to a Professor in the hosting institution (Geneva or Princeton), who you are planning to work with during your research stay.
  • Princeton students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to with Subject line: EUROCOMPLEX.
  • UNIGE students: submit application as a single PDF File (except letter of recommendation, to be emailed directly) to: with Subject line: EUROCOMPLEX.


The Princeton-Geneva partnership Regime Complexes and European Studies in Interdisciplinary Perspective (EUROCOMPLEX) aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic of regime complexes. In International Relations, the concept of regime complex, borrowed from Systems Theory, describes the idea that for many policy issues, “there is no integrated, comprehensive regime governing” but “[...] a loosely coupled set of specific regimes”. Indeed, today, many policy areas are governed not by centralized control through one overarching International Organization (IO) but rather by a multitude of different nested or overlapping sets of rules and institutions that are loosely connected. The concept of regime complex has gained scientific relevance as the density of such international regimes has increased steadily against the background of growing global interdependence. Understanding the nature and implications of intersectoral interconnections within and between regimes can contribute to designing more efficient and more legitimate global governance systems.

The central question at the core of the project is how the existence of regime complexes influences the policy options available to the European Union (EU) as it tackles pressing international challenges created by economic globalization. EUROCOMPLEX provides a framework for collaborative research projects bringing together faculty researchers at Princeton and University of Geneva (UNIGE), as well as undergraduate and graduate students from the European Union Program at Princeton (EUPP), the Global Studies Institute (GSI), and affiliated departments and programs, to study the constraints and opportunities offered to the EU by the proliferation of regime complexes. The EUROCOMPLEX faculty team will select the student participants to the project, who will work both as Research Assistants for the project and as data collectors for their own research (for instance, Senior Thesis research for Princeton students and PhD Thesis for GSI/UNIGE students). Through this multi-year partnership, we seek to develop an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to European studies with a number of linked research projects conducted by faculty and students at both Princeton and GSI. The Summer 2020 research program will gather and analyze data in two related clusters:

Cluster 1: The politics of trade wars and Foreign Direct Investment in the triangular China-EU-US relationship

Three major powers –the US, China and the EU- are roughly equal actors in world trade. They are also the largest senders of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This research cluster studies the complex interactions between these two policy areas and these three partners. Specifically, this year’s research focuses on how the current trade wars launched by US President Donald Trump against both the EU and China will impact the FDI relationship between the EU and China. Should we expect European firms to divest from China and relocate production in other Asian countries in order to “jump” American tariffs? On the contrary, should we expect European firms to double down and invest more in China, on the premise that the US has become protectionist and is no longer a reliable partner? As for Chinese investment in the EU, will the prospect of American tariffs and retaliation prompt more Chinese firms to try to invest in Europe? And will these US-led trade wars make EU Member States more, or less, careful and restrictive about the foreign investment they let in?

We invite research proposals that address one or several issues posed by the complex interaction between trade and FDI as a result of the recent protectionist and transactional shift in American trade policy.

Cluster 2: The Future of Eurozone governance

The euro crisis has challenged the original institutional architecture of the eurozone and its capacity to adapt to systemic shocks. This crisis notably called into question the long-term viability of EU’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and even the future of European integration itself. Numerous questions have emerged, as the sovereign debt crisis made itself felt in an especially severe way in Southern Europe. It prompted major – but still incomplete – reforms of the Eurozone governance, both as regard procedures and institutional structure. Substantial questions remain open, such as: What democratic legitimacy does the Eurozone’s institutions have to take decisions and conclude agreements having a significant impact on national legal orders as well as on the architecture of the EU as a whole? What does the creation of sui generis intergovernmental structure (i.e. MES) imply from a legal – or even constitutional – point of view? What is the future of Eurozone governance and how could it be reformed to make it more robust and/or resilient? What do these concepts of robustness and resilience imply as regards the functioning and evolution of the Eurozone?  More largely, what does the reinforcement of the Eurozone as a differentiated sub-system of the EU mean for the future of the EU integration?

We invite research proposals to address the Eurozone governance’s construction, crisis and evolution with a regime complex approach. Some academic challenges are to be addressed in relation with EU and particularly Eurozone’s integration, including the following:

  • Designing indicators and tools to measure inputs and outputs in Eurozone governance schemes (and its interactions with the EU and the international level);
  • Identifying, mapping and understanding the EU (and its Member States) decision-making processes and channels of action/influence in the field of the Eurozone governance;
  • Understanding the institutional changes affecting the Eurozone in relation the EU (dis)integration.


Sophie Meunier, Senior Research Scholar in Public and International Affairs and Co-Director EU Program at Princeton

Nicolas Levrat, Professor at the University of Geneva and Director of the Global studies Institute