Internationalisation of the PhD programme degree

The University promotes the internationalisation of the PhD programme degree by developing forms of collaboration with foreign Universities and Research centres, as well as via participation in international research projects and programmes.

Foreign stays

University of Bologna PhD students have an opportunity to spend periods of study and research at foreign Universities and research bodies.

The amount of the scholarship for PhD students is uplifted by 30% for periods of at least 30 continuous days spent abroad.

PhD students may also obtain mobility incentives by participating in the following programmes: Erasmus+ Study Mobility and Erasmus+ Internship Mobility.

PhD programme degree with foreign Universities

The University signs agreements with foreign Universities in order to encourage the internationalisation of the PhD programme degree.

Co-tutorship framework agreements

The framework agreements signed with foreign Universities, covering one or more PhD programme degrees, assure scientific collaboration over the medium-long term. They establish general terms for the collaboration between the two bodies and envisage the subsequent signature of individual co-tutorship agreements.

Individual co-tutorships

Individual co-tutorships are bilateral agreements between the University of Bologna and a foreign University. They are signed for the purpose of establishing a training path for an individual PhD student enrolled at one of the two partner Universities.

For further information, see Co-tutorship agreements for PhD students enrolled at foreign Universities.

Mobility framework agreements

Mobility framework agreements with foreign Universities cover the mobility of PhD students, in order to:

  • facilitate spending periods of time at the partner University;
  • develop joint research projects;
  • create networks of scientific cooperation.

International collaboration

Reale Collegio di Spagna

There has been an agreement between the University of Bologna and Reale Collegio di Spagna since 1999.

This agreement enables Collegio di Spagna PhD scholars to attend University of Bologna PhD programme courses following the completion of their first programme year with a Spanish University.

Mobility Confap Italy (Brazil)

The MCI “Mobility CONFAP-ITALY” project is a mobility programme promoted by the University of Bologna and CONFAP, which is the Brazilian national confederation of State research foundations.

This programme awards mobility incentives to Italian and Brazilian PhD students who wish to complete their training paths, in whole or in part, at a member University.

PhD programmes funded by the China Scholarship Council

The University of Bologna and the China Scholarship Council have signed a Cooperation Agreement for the admission of outstanding Chinese students to the PhD programmes degrees offered by the University with funding from the China Scholarship Council.  

Other opportunities for international collaboration

Scholarships from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation awards scholarships to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad who register for PhD programme degrees at Italian Universities.

This programme envisages the assignment of extra places to participants in the call for applications who pass the admission tests, subject to the formal award of an MAECI scholarship.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

In the context of the Horizon 2020 European programme, the Innovative Training Networks (ITN) - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are intended to create training paths for outstanding research.

The Early Stage Researchers (ESR) are generally selected in international competitions and awarded extra places on University of Bologna PhD programmes, without any requirement to participate in the call for applications published by the University.

Vinci Programme

Each year, Université Franco Italienne publishes the Vinci Programme to support cooperation initiatives between Italian and French Universities.

Chapter 3 of the Vinci Programme envisages the funding of three-year scholarships for PhD programme degrees co-tutored by an Italian University and a French University.

DAAD - German academic exchange service 

Each year, DAAD funds scholarships for PhD programme degrees co-tutored by an Italian University and a German University.