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The information below pertain to 2015-16 application process.

Call for admission to the 31st cohort of PhD Students (year 2015-16).

Year 2015-16: 5 PhD student scholarships

  • 4 scholarships funded by University of Trento
  • 1 scholarship funded by Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK) - CERPIC, Trento

Within the field of international studies, “Sovereignty, Democracy and Crisis”, has been chosen as a thematic focus for 2015-16 to be explored in various research projects and teaching activities at the School of International Studies. It will be addressed from multiple disciplinary perspectives (Economics, Law, Politics, Sociology, and History) through analysis of issues such as the economic-financial crisis, the evolution of European integration, participatory democracy, socio-economic development models.

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

Further information at the web page: topic specific scholarships

Admission Requirements

Applications will be accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age and nationality, who have graduated with excellent marks from a master's course, a four year Italian laurea, 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 and an excellent working knowledge of that language, including a proven writing ability, is an indispensable requirement for admission. Foreign students are encouraged to obtain a working knowledge of the Italian language.


Please refer to Art. 5 of the Call.The list below provides a short and non exhaustive summary of what to include in the application on line:

  • photocopy of the applicant’s identity card or passport
  • degree certificate
  • 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. The letters must be received before the closure of the call.
  • 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 admission 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 admission committee will publish the final ranking. The interview stage this year will take place in early July 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. Students are required to be resident in Trento for 24 months during the 3-year programme. 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
Tommaso Gar, 14 I-38122 Trento, Italy
ph. +39 0461 283150
fax +39 0461 283152