The Three-Minute Ph.D. Competition in the Social Sciences invites EUI researchers to present their research topic in a short, 3-minute video to an audience with no background in that specific research area.

Similar competitions amongst doctoral candidates have been held at hundreds of universities across the world. However, the competition launched by the EUI is the first of this kind in the social sciences and humanities. It includes all four EUI disciplines:


How does it work?

  • Submit a video explaining your Ph.D. research, following the rules of the competition.
  • The videos are evaluated by a jury according to a set of criteria.
  • The three best videos will be published on the EUI website and widely distributed through the institute’s social media channels.
  • The winner get financial support to publish an article in Open Access.


Why participate?

  • It helps you to explain your work effectively to non-specialized audiences, a core skill when working in both academic and non-academic environments.
  • It allows you to identify your strengths and weaknesses when communicating a subject as complex as your research, in a clear and concise manner.
  • You can upload your video to your online profile and of course share the video with people interested in your work.
  • And, last but not least, you might win a prize!




  The Three Minute Ph.D. Competition is an excellent opportunity to convey the knowledge
you are building at the EUI with a wider audience and to increase the visibility of the research you are carrying out.

Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute




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