EUTOPIA European University Strategic Board meeting in Brussels, September 2021

SECOND CALL FOR EUTOPIA-SIF Science & Innovations Fellowships

EUTOPIA is a broader alliance today!

Thursday 16 September 2021, in Brussels, at the Italian Embassy, three new universities joined the alliance —the Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice, the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and NOVA University Lisbon—, which counts now 9 members that will build together the profile of the future European Universities. EUTOPIA European University rocks!

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EUTOPIA is an ambitious alliance of nine like-minded European universities, joining forces to build the university of the future. 

EUTOPIA’s long-term mission is to build a unique and daring alliance of transformative and engaged institutions. EUTOPIA students, researchers and staff are currently working together to build a new academic model, reflecting an open and united Europe, respectful of all citizens and the environment. The alliance works together with its associate and global partners to reach its aims. EUTOPIA provides opportunities for students and staff alike, from undergraduate through post-doc, and for researchers, teachers, technical and administrative staff. Efforts are already underway to produce challenge-driven research and teaching, prepare empowered European graduates, champion regional and international involvement, and support diversity, inclusivity and widening citizenship.

The EUTOPIA alliance is a connected and inclusive community. Through collaborative research, greater student and teacher mobility and shared innovations, among others, EUTOPIA seeks to address local and global challenges, ultimately contributing to creating a new model for higher education in Europe. In June 2019, EUTOPIA2050 was chosen as one of the initial 17 winning projects of the new European Universities Initiative competitive call launched by the European Commission to build a European Higher Education Area. Beyond the initial EUTOPIA 2050 pilot, the alliance continuously generates ambitious projects such as:

  • The EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle programme
  • The EUTOPIA-SIF (Science & Innovation post-doctoral Fellowships programme) within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (H2020)
  • The EUTOPIA-TRAIN (Transforming Research and Innovation) project within the Science with and for Society (SwafS) work programme H2020


EUTOPIA funds 17 students to lead their own international research projects over the summer

A competitive application process has resulted in 17 students from the EUTOPIA alliance being awarded funding from the EUTOPIA Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (EURSS). The successful students will tackle projects in a wide range of disciplines including language and literature, sociology, classics, physics and medicine. Each student will lead their own international research project over the summer with the support of supervisors from two EUTOPIA partners. This enhanced mobility experience will give students an excellent opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills, build their confidence, and enhance their CV and career prospects. At the end of the project, students will present their research results at a EURSS showcase in the Autumn term.

The next round of EURSS is expected to launch in October 2021.
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