The Council for European Studies, founded in 1970, promotes the study of contemporary Europe in the social sciences and humanities. More than eighty research universities and colleges across the United States form the Council's institutional constituency. In addition, some eight hundred social scientists and historians in North America and Europe are individual members. The Council uses this network to encourage cross-national and interdisciplinary perspectives on scholarly and public-policy debates.
The Council currently sponsors Pre-Dissertation Fellowships in three categories: Florence Gould Fellowship for Research in France. Luso-American Development Foundation Fellowships for Research in Portugal; Society for the Anthropology of Europe/Council for European Studies Fellowship for anthropological research.