What is a Jean Monnet Chair?

A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialization in EU Studies. Based on a competitive selection process, the European Commission, through its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), awards the Chair to qualified professors who teach a minimum of 90 hours per academic year on topics relevant to European integration. In addition to course development, a Jean Monnet Chair supports research on EU subjects as well as outreach and training activities. Jean Monnet Chairs are funded for a three-year period up to a maximum of €50,000. Please see here for more information from the EACEA website.

Jean Monnet Chairs are named after Jean Monnet (1888-1979), one of the main architects of European integration. As a French politician and diplomat, he drafted the Schuman Plan (1950) that sketched a blueprint for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), a predecessor institution of today’s European Union. He went on to serve as the first President of the High Authority of the ECSC (1952-55), which would later become the European Commission.

Learn more about Jean Monnet and the history of the European Commission here!

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