PhD in Political Theory, Luiss University, Rome, Italy

Deadline: 30 May 2011
Open to: Master’s degree holders in social sciences, humanities, or philosophy (although those with degrees in other disciplines may also be considered on the basis of their curricula vitae and research proposals)
Scholarship: Three-year scholarship of 11,000 euros per year

The Luiss University in Rome, Italy, invites applications for its Doctoral Program in Political Theory. Successful candidates will begin the program in Fall 2011, with three semesters of taught courses, and will be expected to complete their theses within three years. The official language of the program is English (knowledge of Italian is not required).

The Doctoral Program in Political Theory is interdisciplinary, and covers four main areas of study: philosophy (ethics and applied philosophy, political and social philosophy, and issues in contemporary philosophy), political theory (ethics of international relations and human rights theories), law (international law, humanitarian law, and international criminal law), and politics and economics (international political economy, development policies, sustainability theories, international relations, and theories of globalization).


Eight positions are available this year, four of which are funded by a three-year scholarship of 11,000 euros per year.


Applicants are generally expected to have majored in an area of the social sciences, humanities, or philosophy, although those with degrees in other disciplines may also be considered on the basis of their curricula vitae and research proposals. Successful applicants will begin the program in the Fall semester of 2011, by following three semesters of taught courses. Each semester lasts approximately three months, and students will have approximately 6-10 hours of classes per week during these three semesters. All courses are taught in English.


Applications to participate in the competition, using solely the form annexed to this notice, must be addressed to the Rector of LUISS Guido Carli and handed in or sent to Ricerca e Didattica, LUISS Guido Carli, Viale Romania 32, 00197 Rome, by 30 May 2011.

Applications sent by registered post (with return receipt) by the deadline will be deemed to have been submitted in time, with the postmark serving as proof of date of submission.
Applicants must under their own responsibility specify the following information in the application form, failing which the application will be rejected:
1. name and surname, date and place of birth, place of residence, and personal tax and social security number;
2. citizenship;
3. the degree held, indicating the title, supervisor’s name and date on which it was awarded or the equivalent qualification awarded by a foreign university, attaching an academic record transcript showing exams passed;
4. the date the academic qualification is scheduled to be awarded, for those who have yet to graduate, attaching the academic record transcript showing exams passed;
5. knowledge of foreign languages (the entire course will be taught in English);
6. that the applicant undertakes to attend the doctoral programme full time in accordance with the rules that will be set by the Academic Board;
7. that the applicant has no criminal record, or if this is not the case an indication of which offences the applicant has been convicted of;
8. that the applicant is not a public sector employee;
9. that the applicant has / has not previously benefited from other grants (including for just one year) for a doctoral programme;
10. that the applicant has read the entire competition notice;
11. a contact address for the purposes of the competition (specifying the postcode, a telephone number and e-mail address), with an express undertaking to promptly advise of any changes of address.

In addition to the application form applicants must submit a writing sample (of between 5,000 and 10,000 words) on a topic consistent with the areas covered by the doctoral programme, a curriculum vitae, a research plan (max 3 pages) and two letters of introduction from professors or recognised experts.
The writing sample, research plan and letters of introduction will be evaluated by the admissions commission.

Detailed Information Can Be Found – HERE

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