Selection procedure

How are the candidate selected and which documents are needed for Applying?

The call for applications has expired on April 16th, 2021

Selection is exclusively based on the candidates’ academic records (cv, research experience, reference letters, graduate records…) and on oral Examination. 

  1. Copy of Valid ID or Passport;
  2. Curriculum Vitae in English;
  3. Personal Statement: no more than 3000 characters double-spaced in English with a short description of the candidate’s academic background, his/her research interests and expected professional goals. This document does not constrain the selected candidate in the future choice of research topics;
  4. No more than 3 reference letters signed by Italian and/or International academics and professionals in the research field, which do not form part of the Admission Board, attesting the suitability of the applicant and his/her interest for the scientific research. Letters shall be uploaded following the procedure on Studenti Online;
  5. Degree transcripts of both the BA/BSc and the MA/MSc. For degrees obtained in Italy, please submit a signed self-declaration (so called “autocertificazione”); for degrees obtained in non-EU countries, please submit the degree certificate issued by the relevant University; for degrees obtained in EU countries (except Italy), you can do either. The document must contain the following information: personal information, name of the University, degree name, final score, transcript of final (or intermediate) results obtained. For degree transcripts from outside of Italy, an official translation into Italian or English must be attached;
  6. Publications: Publications in full text (i.e. monographs, articles on scientific journals, volume chapters) - max n. 5
  7. A proof of English proficiency (preferably TOEFL or IELTS);
  8. Graduate record tests are strongly recommended (preferably the GRE or GMAT). For the delivery of GRE results, please note that our department’s code is 1801, while UniBo’s code is 7850.
  9. Any other optional document or qualification that the candidate considers as potentially relevant for the assessment of the application is welcome as well. For instance a paper or chapter of an undergraduate dissertation (no more than 40 double-spaced pages) that the candidate considers as the best sample of her/his previous work.


NOTE: All required documents must be uploaded online within the official deadline. By law, candidates with incomplete applications cannot be admitted to the PhD Program.