How to apply for a PhD programme

To participate in the PhD programmes selections you have to submit your application following the information provided in the call for applications.

The call for applications for the PhD Programmes of the 34th cycle, a.y. 2018/2019 will be online at the end of March 2018.

The call for applications for the PhD Programmes of the 33rd cycle, a.y. 2017/2018 is now online.

Applications deadline: 29/05/2017 h. 1.00 p.m. (local time)

For information concerning application and admission requirements, please check the PhD programme tables. 

Please check regularly the PhD programme tables, since changes may occur (e.g.: in the number of positions or scholarships, examination dates, etc.)

How to apply

In order to apply, the applicant must:

  • visit the website Studenti Online
  • enter data required for registration
  • select “Entrance exams or requirements check” and “PhD programme”
  • select the PhD programme of interest
  • fill in the online application
  • upload the documents indicated in the PhD programme tables in pdf file only

N.B. For the 33rd cycle, it is not requested the payment of any admission fee.

Application procedure instructions.

In order to avoid problems that might be due to the overload of the system, it is highly recommended not to wait until the last minute to submit the application.
After the call deadline, it will not be possible to modify/correct the application form. 

For Italian university degrees, do not upload certificates but self-certifications.
Self-certification fac-simile

If the PhD programme table requires reference letters, you can use the fac simile of the reference letter.


For assistance to the application, please contact ARIC – Settore Dottorato di Ricerca – you can find the contacts on the right hand side of this page.
For technical assistance, please contact Help Desk Studenti online.

Admission Board and selections

The Admission Board composition is published on the PhD programme tables.

If so provided for in the PhD programme tables, applicants residing abroad can take the oral exam remotely. Applicants must request this method and specify a valid contact when applying.

Ranking lists

At the end of the evaluation process, the final ranking lists will be published on Studenti Online.

PhD@ISA fellowships for international candidates

When submitting their application to the desired PhD programme on Studenti Online, non-Italian citizens residing abroad and holding a Master’s degree granted by a foreign University can also apply for one of the 6 fellowships offered by the Institute of Advanced Studies.

For further information, please visit PhD@ISA webpage