Who can Apply, How and When


The application procedure for the academic year 2017-2018 is closed.

For the academic year 2017/2018 a total of nine scholarships for full time PhD students are available:

Candidates are asked to specify their interest in applying for one of the different types of scholarships. For the positions in EDLE the statement of purposes should include a short research project and information on the candidates’ specific skills and experience that makes them comparably well suited for the position.

Each scholarship amounts to approx. € 13.600,00 gross per year (12.500,00 net) and is paid on a monthly basis. The amount of the grant is increased by 30% during visits abroad of no less than 1 month and no more than 18 months. The full time scholarships will be assigned to the best applicants on a competitive basis. Up to 1 self-financed PhD students positions are also available (the amount of the yearly full tuition fees to be paid by candidates is € 157,64 for each year).

All admitted students receive additional research funds provided by the department starting from the 2nd year (around € 1.300 per year).

Further financial support takes the form of teaching assistantships with official calls from the University, and research assistantships (usually administered by professors using their research funding).

Candidates from any country and any age holding a Master Degree (second cycle of higher education), or that are in line to complete it no later than October 31st, 2017. Such degree must be one of the following:

  • an Italian laurea specialistica/magistrale (3+2-year system);
  • an Italian university degree – pre-reform system (4 years).
  • an academic degree conferred by foreign institutions, already recognised as equivalent to an Italian degree by Italian authorities like, for instance, a MA or a MSc. These include also inter-university specific agreements of cooperation and mobility.

Candidates with a foreign academic degree (MA or MSc) must attach to their application their degree certificate (including the list of the exams taken), accompanied by an official translation into Italian or English. Their admission to the selection is conditional on the degree meeting the requirements of the Call for applications. The Admissions Board can request candidates to provide additional documents.

Applications from any field are welcome.

Selection is exclusively based on the candidates’ academic records (cv, research experience, reference letters, graduate records…).

  1. Copy of Valid ID or Passport;
  2. Curriculum Vitae in English;
  3. Statement of purpose: no more than 3000 characters double-spaced in English with a short description of the candidate’s academic background, his/her research interests and expected professional goals. This document does not constrain the selected candidate in the future choice of research topics;
  4. At least one letter of reference (no more than three). At least one letter must be from an academic referee. These letters have to be exclusively uploaded by the referee on  http://studenti.unibo.it, following the instructions provided, no later than the call deadline
  5. Please do not attach these letters to your application;
  6. Degree transcripts of both the BA/BSc and the MA/MSc. For degrees obtained in Italy, please submit a signed self-declaration (so called “autocertificazione”); for degrees obtained in non-EU countries, please submit the degree certificate issued by the relevant University; for degrees obtained in EU countries (except Italy), you can do either. The document must contain the following information: personal information, name of the University, degree name, final score, transcript of final (or intermediate) results obtained. For degree transcripts from outside of Italy, an official translation into Italian or English must be attached;
  7. A proof of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers). For instance TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, or any other document or statement certifying that the candidate is fluent in English;
  8. Graduate record tests (taken in the last 3 years) are not compulsory but are strongly recommended.  Preferably the GRE– General Test but also GMAT is admissible. For the delivery of GRE results, please note that our department’s code is 1801, while UniBo’s code is 7850.
  9. Any other optional document or qualification that the candidate considers as potentially relevant for the assessment of the application is welcome as well. For instance a paper or chapter of an undergraduate dissertation (no more than 40 double-spaced pages) that the candidate considers as the best sample of her/his previous work.

NOTE: All required documents must be uploaded online within the official deadline. By law, candidates with incomplete applications cannot be admitted to the PhD Program. 


The amount of the full tuition fees is around € 157,64 for each year.

Other cases of fee waiver are disciplined in the specific international agreements/MoUs.

The application for selection must be made by 1.00 p.m. (Italian time) of the 27th of April 2017.

In order to apply, the applicant must:

  1. visit http://studenti.unibo.it;
  2. register by inserting the required personal information;
  3. select the PhD programme in Economics;
  4. complete the on-line application, inserting the required information;
  5. attach the academic qualifications and any other requested documents in pdf format.

Failure to do so will result in exclusion from selection. Instructions for the uploading of documents may be found on the site http://studenti.unibo.it.

  1. April 27th, 2017: Deadline for Application;
  2. October 31th, 2017: deadline by which candidates are to be awarded their Master’s Degree;
  3. November 1st, 2017: Official Start of Courses (Crash Courses in September).