Catholic University of Milan International PhD Scholarships in Criminology, Italy

Publish Date: Apr 09, 2016

Catholic University of Milan International PhD Scholarships in Criminology

The vision of the International Ph.D. Programme in Criminology is to become the programme of choice for highly qualified students seeking an advanced research degree in Criminology. Interdisciplinary work and research are the core of its activity. Its aim is to promote innovative and dynamic thinking by blending theory and practice in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, and crime prevention.

The International Ph.D. in Criminology seeks to prepare graduates to meet traditional and emerging standards of excellence in criminology. This is achieved through a specially-designed training, research, and teaching programme. Ph.D. graduates are expected to pursue their career in academia, research, law enforcement, international organizations, industry, or consulting.


Ph.D. candidates will attend courses specifically organised for the Ph.D. programme aimed at providing in-depth knowledge of specific topics (1st and 2nd year candidates).

The Ph.D. candidates will attend Master courses aimed at completing and strengthening the candidates’ background (1st year candidates). The necessary course work to be carried out is defined upon admission to the Programme. Course work is defined in accordance with each candidate’s curriculum. Master courses will include a final examination. Additionally, Ph.D. candidates will prepare a paper (in English) on a topic agreed upon with the Professor of the course(s).

Graduate courses may include:

• Statistics and advanced statistics

• Criminal law and procedure (Italian and comparative)

• Methodology of criminological research

• Criminology and Applied Criminology


The evaluation for the admission to the Ph.D. is based on (also for those candidates receiving a positive assessment after the pre-application process):

a) curriculum vitae and other titles

b) research proposal

c) phone or video (e.g. via Skype) interview

The assessment is based on a 0 to 70-point scale according to the following criteria:

• Points a) and b) may receive between 0 and 20 points each. Only candidates totalling at least 30 points are admitted to the interview. The results of the assessment of points a) and b) are communicated to the candidate by email along with the possible interview invitation within 20 days from the expiry of the call for applications.

• Point c) may receive between 0 and 30 points. The interview must be in English and will aim at discussing the candidate’s motivation and research proposal, as well as providing an answer to any questions the candidate may have. Only candidates receiving at least 20 points may be admitted to the Ph.D.

The final ranking is given by the sum of the scores achieved in points a), b), and c). Candidates are admitted according to the ranking, up to the number of available positions.


Every year, one or more scholarships are awarded to promising candidates enrolled in the International Ph.D. in Criminology. Their number may vary each year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a ranking drawn up by the Selection Committee. This ranking is based on the results of the selection procedure.

Every year, the Ph.D. offers a number of scholarships amounting to € 13,600 per candidate per year to the candidates ranking best in the admission procedure. Since the beginning of the 2nd year, Transcrime will increase the monthly scholarship for Ph.D. candidates up to € 1,300 net. and Ph.D. candidates will have a budget for research expenses in the amount of 10% of the scholarship. In order to favour the international scope of the Ph.D., the admitted candidates residing abroad and those who hold a Master Degree from a foreign university may be refunded up to € 5,000 for documented travel and lodging expenses incurred during the 1st year of Ph.D. due to their moving to Milan. In case the candidate undertakes a study period abroad, the scholarship may be increased by a minimum of 50%.

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