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

The new Call for Application for the PhD programme in Economics - A.Y. 2023/2024 [.pdf 607 KB] is now open. Applications shall be submitted until April 3rd, 2023, at 23:59 (CEST).

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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.

Other opportunities

For the A.Y. 2023/2024 a new Call for Application for the admission in the International PhD College will be published. The Call will be addressed to particularly motivated and deserving students successfully admitted to a PhD programme among those of the 39th cycle offered by the University of Bologna.

The International PhD College (I-PHD) is a community of Italian and international PhD students from different study areas and represents the third cycle degree programme of the Collegio Superiore – University of Bologna. PhD students joining the International PhD College may be assigned a free accomodation and must integrate the research activity required by their PhD programmes with interdisciplinary and international training and “coworking” activities on crosscutting themes.

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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.