A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors.

Jean Monnet Chairs can:

  • enhance the teaching of EU studies at host institution through the curriculum
  • conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU matters at all education levels
  • be a mentor and advisor to the next generation of teachers and researchers
  • provide expert guidance to future professionals about European matters

Jean Monnet Chairs are encouraged to:

  • publish research during the grant period. The grant will cover part of the publication and, if need be, part of the translation costs
  • participate in dissemination and information events in host country and around Europe
  • organise events (lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) with policymakers, civil society and schools
  • network with other academics and institutions supported by Jean Monnet
  • apply open educational resources, and publish the summaries, content, schedule and expected outcomes of the planned activities

Jean Monnet Chairs are named after Jean Monnet (1888-1979), one of the founding fathers of the European Union. As a French  political economist 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.