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Admission

The call for applications 2019/2020 is CLOSED

Candidates are required to have working-level competence in English (at least C1).
PhD students will benefit from a multidisciplinary programme of courses blending methodological and disciplinary themes, career development training in soft skills, and academic writing. Students also receive a scholarship (in line with Italian legislation and standards).
 
Successful PhD supervision depends on a close match between student and faculty research interests. The School is a small research center and does not cover all aspects of international studies. Thus, we recommend interested applicants consult the research profiles of the faculty and present a proposal in line with the research profile and activities of the School of International Studies. 
 
Research activities at SIS revolve around three main topics: 
 
  • International Politics and International Security;
  • European Studies and Integration Process;
  • Economics, Law and History of Global Interdependence.
As for the current year call, an additional scholarship will be financed by the National Research Council (CNR) on the topic The European Union: integration processes, enlargement and international role” in memory of Antonio Megalizzi.
 

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.
 

Applications

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 Academic Test overall band score of 7 or above; Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) minimum grade B or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE); TOEFL IBT minimum score of 95; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum score 75.

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 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 June 2019 and successful candidates will be notified in short order.
 

Scholarships

This year the programme offers 7 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 €150,00.
 

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 2019.
Contatti 
PhD Programme in International Studies, School of International Studies
Tommaso Gar, 14 I-38122 Trento, Italy
Tel. 
+39 0461 283105
Fax 
+39 0461 283152