5 PhD Student Scholarships in International Studies at University of Trento

Deadline: 4 June 2015
Open to: PhD students in the areas of International Studies (mainly, but not limited to, Law, Economics, Political Science and Sociology, Humanities, History and Philosophy)
Scholarship: € 13 638 per year


The PhD Programme in International Studies at University of Trento is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach that provides a solid grounding in the disciplines at the core of international studies (mainly economics, law, sociology, and politics) as well as specific training in the main discipline chosen for the PhD thesis. Within the field of international studies, “Sovereignty, Democracy and Crisis”, has been chosen as a thematic focus for 2015-16 to be explored in various research projects and teaching activities at the School of International Studies. It will be addressed from multiple disciplinary perspectives (Economics, Law, Politics, Sociology, and History) through analysis of issues such as the economic-financial crisis, the evolution of European integration, participatory democracy, socio-economic development models. This Call is for 5 PhD student scholarships:

  • 4 scholarships funded by University of Trento
  • 1 project specific scholarship focused on “International Politics and Conflict Resolution”, funded by Foundation Bruno Kessler (FBK) – CERPIC, Trento.

The PhD Programme in International Studies is a full time activity for the 3-year duration of the scholarship. Courses are mandatory and are held during the 1st and 2nd semesters (1st year), the 3rd semester (2nd year), and the 6th semester (third year). An overview of the course topics is available in Art 2. During the 4th and 5th semesters, PhD students spend a period abroad for research and study. Guest lectures and seminars complete the programme.


Candidates who hold a Laurea Magistrale/Master’s Degree (equivalent to a master’s degree) in one of the core disciplines of International Studies (mainly, but not limited to, Law, Economics, Political Science and Sociology, Humanities, History and Philosophy) can apply. Foreign qualifications must be equivalent to the Italian Laurea Magistrale in terms of duration, level, and contents. The Admissions Committee will decide upon their equivalence and admissibility.


Scholarships are paid every two months in advance; the yearly amount of the scholarship is € 13 638,47, gross of possible taxes payable by the PhD student, as foreseen by current Italian legislation. PhD scholarships may not be combined with other scholarships of any nature, apart from those assigned by Italian or foreign institutions, which may support the PhD student’s research activities abroad. The amount of the scholarship is increased by 50% during study periods abroad. Interruptions in the attendance of the School longer than 30 days entail the suspension of scholarship payments.

How to apply?

For successful application is necessary to register online HERE and apply for the scholarship HERE. The deadline for application is 4 June 2015. Documents for a complete application (only complete ones will be considered) are following:

  • Passport or any EU national ID;
  • Certificates regarding academic career (Master’s Diploma; list of examinations, and related marks);
  • CV in English;
  • A Research proposal in English. Maximum length 4 pages – 2000 words, including abstract (max 150 words); an additional bibliography might be attached; indicate a potential PhD supervisor among the School of International Studies faculty members;
  • Statement of purpose (max. 1 page – 500 words) outlining the reasons for applying to this programme;
  • An International certificate attesting to knowledge of the English language at C1 level or higher;

In addition, the following documents may be submitted as Complementary Attachments:

  • A list of scientific publications;
  • A list other qualifications related to International Studies, such as summer schools, specialized training, international examinations demonstrating preparation for doctoral study (e.g., GRE);
  • Any other documents which demonstrate the candidates’ skills related to International Studies;
  • Reference letters (maximum 2) in English or Italian, to be uploaded on line by the referee;

Fore more information please check the Full Call for Applications, the Abstract Call or the official website.

One thought on “5 PhD Student Scholarships in International Studies at University of Trento

  1. I am actually a PhD student in the field of history in the Tirana UNiversity. I am interested to be part of this Scholarship, because I can explore new archives and new documents that are necessary in my work. I speak and write excellent the Italian language.
    Hope in your proffessional choice.
    Best Regards.
    Florenca Stafa Halili

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