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Call for Admissions to the Phd Courses 2023/24


The final rankings for the admission to the PhD Course, XXXIX cycle, are available here.

Successful candidates must enrol by August 4th 2023, following the procedures published together with the rankings.


Following explicit or tacit withdrawal by successful candidates before the start of the course, any vacant places will be assigned to the next candidates in the ranking, according to the criteria set out in the Call for Admission.

Should any places with funding become available following withdrawals, the following may apply for such vacant places: winners who already enrolled without scholarship, winners of a place without funding who haven’t enrolled by the deadline for the enrolment, the other eligible candidates in the ranking. Those candidates who in the application form indicated that they competed exclusively for unfunded places cannot apply for vacant places with funding.

Candidates with the right to a vacant place will be notified through publication of the list of replacement candidates at the address from 25 August 2023.
Candidates will be required to enrol by 31st August 2023, as provided for in the Call for Admission.

From 5 September 2023, any further available places will be published and interested candidates must submit their applications by 8 September 2023 according to the procedure indicated. Candidates who have submitted their applications for vacant places will be contacted directly by the office and will have to complete enrolment by 13 September 2023. Successful applicants without funding who are interested in a vacant place with funding may apply for a place if, within the time allowed, they have also tacitly given up a place without funding.

No notifications will be sent to the candidate’s home address.

Call for Admissions to the Phd Courses 2023/24

NEWS: The results of the oral examinations are now available

The list of candidates admitted to the oral examination for the admission to the Phd Course in Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies, a.a. 2023/24 is available here.

Evaluation of qualifications: candidates

Find here the schedule of the oral exams.

Please note that art.5.3 and art. 5.4 of the Call establish that:

Art. 5.3 Candidates will take the oral examination remotely only if they selected this option in the admission form; in this case the oral examination will be via Zoom or, if not available in their country, another equipment agreed with the Commission. Candidates must guarantee that they will use a webcam in order for them to be correctly identified by the Selection Committee and that they will connect on the day of the oral examination. For identification purposes, and under penalty of exclusion from the selection process, candidates are required to identify themselves showing the same identity document already sent as an attachment to the application before the start of their oral exam. Failure to connect or be reachable on the day and at the time agreed, or failure to show a valid identity document pursuant to the previous paragraph, may result in exclusion from the selection process. The University of Padova shall accept no responsibility for any technical issues that may prevent the oral examination from being correctly carried out.

5.4 Oral examinations are public.

Instruction on how to use Zoom: i %20Getting%20Started%20on%20Zoom.pdf

Call for applications for accommodation at the “Home of the Assistant Prof. Virgilio Ducceschi” reserved for students enrolled in the first year of PhD courses A.A. 2023/2024. Deadline for the submission of applications at 13.00 (Italian time) of 31 July 2023.

Those who have applied for admission to the Public Selection Notice for admission to the PhD Courses for the XXXIX cycle a.a. 2023/2024 for a PhD course having Administrative headquarters at the University of Padua with effect from 1 October 2023.

All information is available here

The Call for admission to the Phd Courses 2023/24 is available here.

Applications must be submitted only via the online procedure available here. It is highly recommended to read carefully the instructions contained in the call and to submit all the required documents listed in the specific notice of the course. For what concerns the submission of Curriculum vitae, Master’s Thesis Abstract and Research Project, candidates are required to fill in and submit the following templates:

Curriculum vitae – template

Master’s Thesis Abstract – template

Research Project – template

Candidates wishing to compete for places with scholarships funded in the frame of PNRR by MD 118/2023 with specific research topics are invited to read the document describing in details the specific research topics for each scholarship. Note that candidates interested in these places are obliged to indicate this in their application, selecting the relative subjects. This option will be a binding priority choice (art.4.1 of the call)

For all the candidates: the reference letters must be requested and submitted using the online procedure, following the instructions contained in the call. Please remember that any letters of reference attached to the application will not be considered.

Applicants are selected through an open competition based on qualifications and, when successful, an interview. A 5-member Board evaluates the candidates’ dossiers, rates them and draws up a ranking. PhD scholarships are awarded in accordance with the ranking list.
We welcome applicants from all Universities, countries and ages, as long as they hold a Master’s Degree or an equivalent 4-year (minimum) foreign qualification.

Ordinary call for applications

A call for applications is published every year between April and May. All applicants holding a Master’s Degree or an equivalent 4-year (minimum) foreign qualification may enter the competition, irrespective of their age and nationality. Candidates can submit their application even if they have not obtained their Master’s Degree yet, but they must achieve it by September 30th. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the submitted qualifications, research project proposed and, when successful, an interview. In addition to ordinary scholarships (about 10 per year), other scholarships may be funded by research programmes featured in the call or by external bodies. Over the last few years, Cariparo Foundation has awarded additional PhD scholarships.
Foreign candidates who have already achieved a scholarship of at least 3 years awarded by an international scientific board (for instance, Marie Curie or Erasmus Mundus) and wish to be admitted to this PhD programme, can submit a request for over quota positions.

China Scholarship Council

The University of Padova and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) award yearly PhD scholarships for Chinese students with excellent academic track-record, so that they have the opportunity to enrol for a PhD at the University of Padova.
The scholarships build on Padova University’s existing relationship with China. It has, in fact, extensive research links with Chinese research institutions and Universities. Successfull candidates are supported jointly by the China Scholarship (on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Education) and the University of Padova.
The call for admissions is usually published in January.

Cariparo Foundation

Depending on their yearly distribution of funds, CARIPARO Foundation may decide to finance ordinary scholarships or scholarships for students who achieved their qualification abroad and do not reside in Italy. In this latter case, the CARIPARO PhD scholarship also covers expenses for meals and accommodation of international candidates.
International candidates who have not been selected through the call for the CARIPARO Scholarships can still submit an application for the ordinary call.

For cycle XXXVII (a.y.2021-22) the CARIPARO Foundation will finance an ordinary scholarship of the PhD Programme in Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies.