How to apply for a PhD programme

PhD Programmes attendance at the University of Bologna is conditional upon passing an examination. The provisions governing the selection procedure are laid down in the Call for applications and its attachments.

Open Calls

A new Call for Application for the PhD programmes - A.Y. 2022/2023 is now open, on Next-Generation EU - NRRP funds. Applications shall be submitted before August 2nd, 2022, at 11.59 pm.

For further information, please, refer to:

If you wish to apply, keep reading.

Please, note that new PhD positions could become available up to ten days before the oral examination. We kindly advise all the applicants to constantly check the PhD Programme Tables. 

Expired Calls

The Call for Applications [.pdf 1602 KB] for the PhD programmes - A.Y. 2022/2023 expired. It is not possible to apply anymore: the selection procedures are in progress. If you have already applied, check your Studenti Online personal page in order to follow the selection procedures. The final ranking lists shall be published at each PhD specific webpage.

The Call for Applications for the PhD programme in Economics - A.Y. 2022/2023 [.pdf 1457 KB] is now closed. It is not possible to apply anymore. The final ranking list has been published on the specific PhD webpage.  

Before applying

Before applying, we kindly advise you to carefully read the call for applications and the specific PhD programme table: there, you will find all the relevant information and the list of the documents to attach to your application.

The application must be submitted using the Studenti Online website only. If you are using it for the first time, you will be required to register submitting your personal data.

If you are registered in Studenti Online, you can use the credentials you are already in possession of. If the credentials have not been used for a long time, an account recovery procedure is available on the University website.

Keep in mind that who has participated even once to a selection procedure or has been enrolled in an academic programme at the University of Bologna, is already in possession of the credentials A new registration with the same anagraphic data will not be possible. In this case, the recovery procedure of the previous credentials is required. It is therefore advisable to start your application process well in advance of the deadline.

How to apply

  • while the call for applications is open, log in Studenti Online
  • select “Admission application”, then “PhD programme” and ”Next”;
  • select the PhD programme you intend to apply for;
  • fill in the online application form and upload the documents indicated in the art. 3 of the Call for applications and the additional documents indicated in the PhD Programme Table, of each course in the PhD programmes list;
  • remember to pay the €5 admission fee, before the deadline, using the PagoPA system only;
  • click on ”Submit”.

Notice: applications that have been filled in but not submitted by the deadline of the call will be rejected.

Further opportunities

Within the PhD programmes Call for Applications, a selection for the admission in the International PhD College (I-PHD) is open. The International PhD College (I-PHD) is a community of PhD candidates from different subject areas, which is the third cycle of the Collegio Superiore of the University of Bologna. This year 10 vacancies are open, with free accomodation for 3 years and a broad offer of additional learning and research activities.

For further information:

For international applicants

Extra-quota positions

If you’ve been awarded a scholarship funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MAECI or by other Institutions in your Country of origin, and you’ve successfully passed the selection procedure as an eligible applicant, you shall be entitled to an extra-quota position. In order to obtain this possibility, please, submit an official document attesting your scholarship awarding.