How to apply for a PhD programme

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

The Call for applications 2020/2021 will be published in April 2020 on this webpage.

For those interested in the PhD Programmes features and the way the competition uses to be carried out, we also suggest to visit the following page and analyse the documents pertaining to the previous competition: PhD Programmes.

How to apply

  • following the publication of the Call for applications, visit Studenti Online and 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 art. 3 of the Call for applications and the additional documents indicated in the PhD programme tables
  • click on "SUBMIT" (applications that have not been submitted by the deadline of the call will be rejected).

It is not requested the payment of any admission fee.

Do not upload certificates issued by Italian public universities, but attach self-certifications.

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

Extra-quota positions

Eligible applicants are admitted in extra-quota positions upon presentation of certificates concerning the award of a scholarship financed by MAECI or by foreign Institutions.

PhD@ISA fellowships

Foreign applicants residing abroad and holding a Master’s degree obtained in a foreign University, when submitting their application to a PhD Programme, can also apply for a free accomodation offered by the Institute of Advanced Studies