School of Transnational Governance

Gulbenkian Foundation supports students and fellows at the European University Institute

The European University Institute and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation sign a Memorandum of Understanding including support to students and fellows at the EUI's School of Transnational Governance (STG).

The EUI and the Gulbenkian Foundation have a joint interest in fostering relationships between Europe and other continents, with a particular focus on Africa. This reflects in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s support to EUI/STG fellows and students.

The Gulbenkian Foundation will provide a scholarship to a master's student over three cycles of the Master in Transnational Governance at the STG. The Foundation will also fund one STG Policy Leader fellowship per year over the course of three years. The fellowships provide a unique opportunity for early- and mid-career policy professionals from around the world to further develop their policy work and professional skills while interacting with the academic community at the EUI.

 For the academic year 2020-2021 recipients of the Gulbenkian scholarships are master student Zakaria Al Shmaly from Syria and Policy Leader Fellow Tariro Lynette Bure from Zimbabwe.

Tariro Bure works at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) in South Africa as coordinator of the African Youth Networks Movement (AYNM). At the EUI, she will research the best practices in transnational governance in Europe and their application to youth movement platforms in Africa.

Tariro Bure said: “The EUI is a fascinating place for my work on mobilising youth networks, because the School of Transnational Governance at its core is the intersection of theory and practice on transnational governance. This has been and remains an area that the global community aims to further understand and is crucial to our future. I am looking forward to learning from my peers, STG faculty and Florence, a city endowed with rich cultural heritage and history.”

Tariro Bure

Zakaria Al Shmaly started the Master in Transnational Governance programme in early September. “I’ve had a great start in the master's programme with excellent teachers and peers from all over the world. I am in particularly interested in acquiring more knowledge about the backlash against multilateralism, as well as its effect on migration, which in my view is the most urgent international policy issue.



The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was created in 1956 by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, a philanthropist of Armenian origin who lived in Lisbon between 1942 and the year of his death, 1955. Established in perpetuity, the Foundation’s main purpose is to improve the quality of life through art, charity, science and education.

Established in 1972, the EUI is an intergovernmental institution involving 24 Member States of the European Union. The EUI offers research and learning opportunities at the Ph.D., postdoctoral, master’s and executive training levels.