Call for prospective PhD student applications

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    SAPIENZA University of Rome
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


Sapienza University of Rome announces the exam-based open call for admission to the 36th cycle of PhD programmes. The PhD programmes, the number of positions with and without fellowship, the date, time and location of the exams together with contact person, email address of the coordinators, specific conditions for the admission and evaluation criteria will be available in the PhD course web site: https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/phd-programmes

Programmes may be taught in Italian.


What is funded

The fellowship amounts to € 15.343,82 gross per year; this includes National Insurance Contributions (INPS) which fellowship recipients are required to pay. The payment is made on a monthly basis. In case of (documented) illness, paid leave may be granted as long as it does not exceed one month. The amount of the scholarship may be increased by 50% for research periods spent abroad that have been previously authorized by the PhD Programme Coordinator. Scholarships are non-cumulative.

They cannot be combined with other grants, except for those awarded by national or foreign scientific Institutions for activities related to study or research periods spent abroad.

A further 10% will be available from the second year programme for research periods in Italy and abroad.

Students earning more than €16,000,000 gross per year are not entitled to scholarships.

All cases of total or partial incompatibility for scholarship benefits are governed by university regulations. In case of incompatibility, students will have to reimburse the amount of money unduly received. Reimbursements refer to an academic year or fraction thereof. Students cannot be awarded the same doctoral fellowship twice.



PhD programmes last three years.



Applications are accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age and nationality, who hold an Italian laurea specialistica, laurea magistrale or any equivalent academic second-level degree issued by Artistic and Musical High Education institutions (AFAM) or any equivalent academic degree obtained abroad (generally equivalent to a Master Degree). Applications are also accepted from candidates who expect to receive their degree by October 31st, 2020. Candidates who do not hold their degree at the time of the application are admitted “with reserve” until they obtain it.

The Evaluation Board will ascertain the equivalence of each academic degree obtained abroad to the relevant Italian degree for the sole purpose of this call, or in the frame of inter-university cooperation and mobility agreements.

Admission is conditional to reception of relevant degrees by the indicated deadlines. Students currently enrolled without a fellowship can participate to competitive exams for the same PhD programme they are already attending, but, if admitted, they cannot enrol unless they formally resign their doctoral position with the relevant Doctorate Committee.

The application must be completed within July, 23rd 2020, at 2 p.m. (local time).

In order to apply, candidates must access https://www.studenti.uniroma1.it/phoenix/#/login

and click on “Phd PROGRAMMES” and follow the instructions. The application is correctly inserted only if the indication "Pagamento effettuato/fee paid" and the symbol √ appears under the "Files","Declaration" and "Payment" labels.

The payment of the examination fee is available through the Pago PA system which is accessed directly from the application. The fee must be paid by July 23rd, 2020 at 11.59 p.m. (local time).

Detailed instructions are available at https://www.uniroma1.it/en/pagina/phd-application-form. Applications that are not submitted as described herein will be rejected.


In order to submit an application, as indicated in the preceeding article 3, candidates with a foreign academic degree must also submit:

• Candidates with an EU academic degree: Self-declaration affidavit with signature (“dichiarazione sostitutiva di certificazione e/o dell’atto di notorietà” according to art. 46 and art. 47 of D.P.R. 445/2000) of academic degree with a full list of exams and grades, in Italian or English.

• Candidates with a non-EU academic degree: a legalized translation of the academic degree into English or Italian with a full list of all exams and grades obtained.

Applications lacking any of these documents will be rejected.


Admission tests


Aim of the exam is a valid comparison among the candidates. The detailed procedure is available on the courses website as listed in Annex A. Candidates have to prove the knowledge of a foreign language.

Candidates must be present at the date, time and location indicated on the website PhD course, without any further notice.

Should the candidate be enable to participate in the oral examination, he/she can ask to be evaluated by video conferencing. Foreign candidates applying as supernumerary can ask to be evaluated on the basis of a dossier. The request must be asked with adequate advance to the coordinator of the PhD course and the Examination Board can decide whether accept or refuse both requests.

There is a single ranking also for PhD courses based on curricula. Applicants will be admitted to PhD programmes on the basis of the final ranking until all available positions have been assigned. If a candidate does not reply to his/her admission invitation or accepts late, the following eligible candidate will be offered the position. A candidate admitted contemporarily to two or more PhD programmes must choose only one to attend.


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.