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The Call for admission to the 33rd cohort of PhD students
(year 2017-18)   IS CLOSED 

Places: n. 6
Scholarships: n. 6
The scholarships are funded as follows:
-    n. 5 scholarships by the University of Trento
-    n. 1 scholarship by the European Academy of Bolzano (Eurac Research) on the topic “Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance”

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.

Within the 33rd cycle, besides the general strand of interest of the School of International Studies in ‘Integration and disintegration of the European Union’, particular emphasis will be given to research projects on the following subjects:

- Technology, Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), and International Politics 
- Bargaining, voting and power in European decision-making processes
- ‘Complex’ commerce: disputed areas, embargos and sanctions  

- Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance – (funded by EURAC Research)

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 online application:

  • 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(1)

(1) These certificates and  tests are acceptable proof if they have been issued within the last five years: IELTS minimum band score of 7 on each of the 4 modules of the academic version; Cambridge CAE (minimum grade B) or CPE; TOEFL IBT minimum score of 110; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum score 76. 

You may have your TOEFL language test results directly sent to the School. 

Applications may include:

  • two letters of recommendation from experts in the doctoral research areas; 
  • list of (scientific) 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 2017 and successful candidates will be notified in short order.


The programme offers 6 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 2017.

PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies
Tommaso Gar, 14 I-38122 Trento, Italy
+39 0461 283150
+39 0461 283152