The Call for admission to the 32nd cohort of PhD students (year 2016-17) closed on 10 May 2016.

Year 2016-17:  five PhD student scholarships funded by the University of Trento

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 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 T