The Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Inc. was established in 1995 in order to facilitate the presence of Australian researchers at European University Institute at Fiesole, just outside Florence, Italy. The EUI is the high-level research institute founded in 1972 by the European Community Member States to provide advanced academic training to PhD students and to promote research at the highest level. It now hosts a number of important research centres, including Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
Under an Agreement between the AEUIFAI and the EUI, the AEUIFAI offers scholarships, based on merit, to postgraduates and early career researchers currently undertaking research in law, history, economics, and social and political sciences who are able to identify a direct benefit for their research from a period of residence at the EUI. The Postgraduate applicants must be at an advanced stage of their research, and the Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to those who have graduated with a PhD qualification within the last five years. Visiting Scholars must have a permanent or fixed-term appointment at an Australian university.
The AEUIFAI is independent body receiving support from a number of Australian universities and the Delegation of the European Commission to Australia.