The Call for admission to the 33rd cohort of PhD students
(year 2017-18) will open soon. 


Please keep checking the website, or send an email to to be notified when the online application will open. 


While considerable freedom is naturally given to PhD students in the research they carry out for their theses, it is expected that they adopt a multidisciplinary approach and that they focus on the thematic areas identified by the School of International Studies.

For further information see also the list of faculty members' research interests.

Admission Requirements

Applications will be accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age and nationality, who have graduated with excellent marks in an M.A. degree, or an Italian Laurea Magistrale or a four year Italian laurea (vecchio ordinamento), or an equivalent programme in one of the disciplines comprising international studies (economics, history, law, political science, political philosophy, sociology). Candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds may also apply, provided that their research project clearly falls within the field of international studies.

Language Requirements

The programme is conducted entirely in English. An international certificate attesting the candidate's knowledge of English at C1 level or higher in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  is an indispensable requirement for admission. Foreign students are encouraged to obtain a working knowledge of the Italian language.


Please refer to Art. 4 of the Call. The list below provides a short and non exhaustive summary of what to include in the application on line:

  • scanned copy of the applicant’s identity card or passport
  • M.A. degree transcript of records and diploma
  • curriculum vitae in English
  • research proposal and motivation letter
  • certificate(s) attesting the knowledge of the English language at least C1 level

You may have your TOEFL language test results directly sent to the School. Please note that the TOEFL Code Control of the School of International Studies is 6286.

Applications may include:

  • two letters of recommendation from experts in the doctoral research areas. 
  • copies of (selected) publications
  • any other qualifications such as international examinations (GRE or equivalent)
  • any other documents that attest to the research skills and abilities of the candidate.

Admission process

It consists of two separate stages. In the first stage, the admissions committee produces a short-list of candidates based on the evaluation of the application materials. In the second stage, thirty-minute interviews will be conducted with the short-listed candidates. Candidates who do not reside in Italy may avail themselves of the possibility to conduct the interview by video conference. After the conclusion of the interviews, the admissions committee will publish the final ranking. The interview stage this year will take place in late June and successful candidates will be notified in short order.


The programme offers 5 full scholarships renewable for three years subject to satisfactory academic appraisal. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, meaning that they will be offered to the top candidates of the final ranking.

Tuition Fees

The PhD programme currently does not charge tuition fees. Admitted students however are required to pay an annual student tax to the amount of roughly €120,00.

Residence Requirement

Studying for a PhD programme is a full-time commitment and we expect all our PhD students to take up residence in the area. A limited number of subsidised apartments will be made available to foreign students. Coursework will start on 1 November.


PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies