PhD Scholarships in Political Studies 2021, Italy

Publish Date: Jun 06, 2021

Deadline: Jun 28, 2021

 PhD in Political Studies - POLS - 8 scholarships

Doctoral research (PhD) programmes

Doctoral research programmes are postgraduate university programmes providing specialised training to those who wish to undertake advanced research.

The academic pathway includes the definition and development of a research project - through advanced teaching programmes and individual in-depth studies, in many cases also involving cultural exchanges with other Countries - and results in the production of a thesis based on original experimental work.


These are 3 or 4 year programmes. Attendance is mandatory.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to a doctoral programme applicants must:

  • hold a Master's degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification (or a Diploma for those who graduated before Ministerial Decree 509/99 entered into force);
  • pass the admission tests, as indicated in the calls for application published annually by the University;

Qualification awarded an employment prospects

The Doctoral degree is awarded on passing the final exam, during which students defend their doctoral thesis. The degree allows access to the world of scientific research, mainly in the academic world but also in independent research centres  and production facilities.

Doctoral scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to PhD students based on their position in the general ranking lists. In cases of equal merit, scholarships are assigned on the basis of the candidate’s economic situation. Doctoral places not covered by a scholarship are awarded to the youngest candidate.  
Doctoral scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already obtained a PhD, with or without scholarship.

The University decides on the amount of the study scholarship. Scholarships have a yearly duration and are renewed as long as the doctoral student is admitted into the following year.

The interuniversity doctoral programme in Political Studies (POLS) integrates coherently empirical-positive and theoretical-normative approaches in political science. The programme therefore provides students with the methodological tools and cultural background common to the various lines of study and research, and a solid specialised preparation in four main areas, which may in some cases overlap:
a) institutions and public policy;
b) political theory and political philosophy;
c) international studies;
d) political communication, public opinion and political behaviour.
In order to promote the internationalization of the doctoral programme, English will be the official language.
The POLS doctoral programme aims to form not only young researchers who can engage in international academia but also professional figures able to undertake research, provide consultancy, coordinate and manage private research centres, think tanks, and political and economic organizations, both private and public, in regional, national and international contexts.

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