Mediterranean Doctoral School in History

The Mediterranean Doctoral School in History (MDSH) was created in summer 2010 by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Boğaziçi University Istanbul, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, and Università Ca' Foscari Venezia. The administrative seat of the MDSH is at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice.

The purpose of the MDSH is to provide advanced level training in research and the appropriate skills to exercise research and professional activities of high quality in universities, institutions in the public and private sectors. It partly relies on the tradition of the former  European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean «Building on the Past» (2001-2009).

The training and research activity of the School is based on the mobility of postgraduate students and teaching staff. Postgraduate students from the partner universities spend one academic year - normally the second of their doctoral training - at one or two of the foreign partner universities, participating in the host institution's doctoral training programme at the same conditions holding for local postgraduate fellows. The host institutions provide qualified research supervision for the period of mobility. They also support co-tutelle agreements and the creation of the conditions for conferring the Doctor Europaeus.

Athens, Istanbul, Paris, Seville and Venice represent five chiefly important sites for Mediterranean history, memory and archives. The MDSH promotes preferably, albeit not exclusively, comparative research and enquiries in the history of cross-border transfers and overseas relations in the Mediterranean area, comprising the relations of this area with other world regions.