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Who can Apply, How and When

COVID-19 - Important information for current and perspective students

In this health emergency period, the University of Bologna, and the Ph.D. program in Economics in particular, promptly re-organized all the academic activities: lessons, exams – and dissertation defenses – in the online mode.  This way, we are currently ensuring full continuity of the study path of all its students.

Should the health alert persist after the summer and should restrictions to mobility still be in place -- in Italy or worldwide -- please be reassured that PhD students will have access to online lessons and exams during the first term of the Academic Year 2020-21.

Available PhD Positions and Scholarships

For the academic year 2020/2021 a total of eight scholarships for full-time PhD students are available:

Candidates are asked to specify their interest in applying for one of the different types of scholarships. For the position in EDLE both Economics and Law backgrounds are welcome; the statement of purposes should include a short research project and information on the candidates’ specific skills and experience that makes them comparably well suited for the position.

Each scholarship amounts to € 15.343,28 gross per year (approx. € 13.500,00 net) for four years and is paid on a monthly basis. This amount is increased by 30% during visits abroad of no less than 1 month and no more than 18 months. The full-time scholarships will be assigned to the best applicants on a competitive basis.

All admitted students will also have an endowment in research funds for activities during their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year (around € 1.535 per year).

Further financial support takes the form of teaching assistantships with official calls from the University, and research assistantships (usually coming from professors’ own research funds).

Who can apply?

We welcome candidates from any country, gender, and age holding a Master Degree (second cycle of higher education), or who are in line to complete it no later than October 31st, 2020. Such a degree must be one of the following:

  • an Italian laurea specialistica/magistrale (3+2-year system);
  • an Italian university degree – pre-reform system (4 years).
  • a second cycle degrees obtained abroad, recognized as equivalent to the above mentioned.

Please note that:

  • Applicants awarded of the above academic degrees by foreign Universities in extra-EU countries must submit a certificate attesting the completion of their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (i.e. first and second level degree) and the transcript of records.
  • Applicants holding a degree awarded in the EU Member States or by an Italian private university can submit either certificates or a self-certification. The Diploma Supplement can be also submitted as an alternative to the certificate.