About the Council for European Studies

 The mission of the Council for European Studies (CES) is to produce, support, and recognize outstanding, multi-disciplinary research on Europe and the European Union (EU) through a wide range of programs and initiatives. These include fellowships, grants, publications, awards, conferences and meetings, public lectures and symposia, as well as direct research. The Council is particularly committed to supporting research that plays a critical role in understanding and applying the lessons of European history and integration to contemporary problems, including those in the areas of global security, prosperity, environmental stewardship, and democracy.



The Council for European Studies (CES) was founded in 1970 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. First located at the University of Pittsburgh and later moved to Columbia University, its current institutional host, the Council was originally formed as a limited consortium of western European Studies programs at eight major U.S. universities: University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and Yale University.
Since then, the Council’s institutional membership has grown substantially. Approximately 100 universities, colleges, and institutes from around the world are members of our Academic Consortium. The Council has also opened its membership rolls to individuals and now has over 1000 individual members. 


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Every year the Council for European Studies (CES) awards dozens of fellowships, grants and prizes; publishes fascinating research guides and journal issues; hosts its renowned international conference; sponsors cutting-edge research; and enters into important partnerships. A full record of our most newsworthy events and initiatives is provided in the Council's press releases.  Read more....


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The Council for European Studies is an independent
and non-partisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization,
hosted by Columbia University at the European
Institute and Harriman Institute. Contact us at:

Council for European Studies

Columbia University

420 West 118th Street, MC 3307

New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-854-4172
Fax: 212-854-8808
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