Doctoral Schools/International PhD Courses at the University of Padova

The University of Padova, Italy, through the funding of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/International Courses.

For the academic year 2010/2011 Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, offers 15 research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/International Courses (see annex 1 at the University website for the full list of doctoral schools and international doctoral courses and related research lines).

The duration of the doctoral courses is three years, starting on the 2nd January 2011 and ending on the 31st December 2013. Each position will be covered by a scholarship of 13.638,47 Euro (before tax) per year, fully funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo. During the 3-year doctoral programme (2011-2013), the successful candidates will be offered full board and lodging at the ESU РAzienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario. The connected charges will be covered by Università degli Studi di Padova through Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Applicants are required to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- To have foreign (non-Italian) citizenship;
- To have foreign (non-Italian) residence. Candidates must be in possession of this requirement within the deadline date.
- To have a foreign (non-Italian) academic qualification acknowledged as equivalent to the Diploma di Laurea/ Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale (at least four years of full time university education and allowing to apply for doctoral schools in the country where it was obtained). The acknowledgement of the equivalence of the academic degree will be done by the relevant body of the Doctoral School/International Course, for the sole purpose of this competition.
 
HOW TO APPLY
The application to the competition, written by filling in the relevant forms available at the website: http://www.unipd.it/en/doctorates/grants.htm must arrive within the 2nd September 2010 in two original copies and must be accompanied by the following documents:
- A Curriculum Vitae (see forms A1, A2 and B3) describing the main educational and work experiences as well as the list of publications;
- Study/Research plan (see form B1)
- Personal Statement (see form B2)
- Two letters of reference by professors or experts who have supervised the research and study activities of the candidate. Each of this letters must be put in a sealed envelope signed by the professor/expert and sent along with the application form;
- Two Certificates of the academic degree with the list of the examinations and of the marks and any other certificate that can be helpful for the evaluation of the candidate (e.g. linguistic competences, awards etc.)
- Two copies of the abstract of the thesis (between 3 and 10 pages), if a thesis was written in order to achieve the degree.
 
If the above documents are not written in Italian or English language, they must be accompanied by a translation in Italian or English language.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The amount of the scholarship is 13.638,47 Euro per year. Scholarships are paid by monthly instalments. The first instalment is paid on the month following the actual beginning of the course. The fruition of the scholarship is conditional on the compliance with the provisions of Annex 2 – General Terms and Conditions for Fellowship.
 
The amount of the scholarship is increased by 50% for periods of study abroad, excluding the official country of residence of the doctoral student. The periods of study abroad must be authorized by the competent body of the School/International Course.
 
BOARD AND LODGING
The successful candidates will be offered full board and lodging at the ESU – Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario for the three-year period of the scholarship (2011-2013).
 
ATTENDANCE FEES
The successful candidates will be exempted from paying attendance fees.
 
DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ DUTIES
Doctoral students must carry out regularly the activities pertinent to their approved research plan and, at the end of each year, they must present a report regarding the activities performed to the Doctoral Council of the School/International Course. At the end of the three-year programme, they will also have to present a Doctoral thesis with original contributions.
 
The relevant body of the School/International Course decides about the admission to the following year on the basis of the evaluation of the work performed by the PhD student. The relevant body of the School/International Course may, with a justified decision, suggest to the Rector the exclusion of the student from the Doctoral School/international Course.
 
ATTAINMENT OF THE DEGREE
The degree of “Dottore di ricerca” is attained once the final exam has been passed. This exam consists of a discussion with the candidate on his/her thesis and it can be repeated only once.

Further information and detailed instructions can be obtained from:
Università di Padova - Servizio Formazione alla Ricerca
Ms. Sara Fedel (+39 049 8273935)
Mr. Marco Santagati (+39 049 8273754)
e-mail: doctoral.grants@unipd.it
fax +39 049 8273780