PhD in International Relations, Trento

Deadline: 6 April 2011
Open to: graduates (Master) in the disciplines comprising international studies
Scholarship: full

University of Trento School of International studies currently accepts the applications will be accepted from candidates, regardless of gender, age and nationality, who have graduated with excellent marks from a masters course, a four year Italian laurea, or an equivalent programme in one of the disciplines comprising international studies (economics, history, law, political science, political philosophy, sociology). Candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds may also apply, provided that their research project clearly falls within the field of international studies.

While all projects related to the main areas covered in the School of International Studies are welcome, candidates with interests in the following areas will be preferred: International Law, International and EC Labour Law, European Union Law, Comparative Legal Studies, International Criminal Justice, Transnational Crime, European Political, Economic and Monetary Integration, International Trade and Economic Development, International Political Economy, EU Public Policy,  Comparative Public Policy, Multi-level Governance, Peace-building and Conflict Resolution, Post-1945 International and European History.


The programme offers a limited number of full scholarships renewable for three years subject to satisfactory academic appraisal. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, meaning that they will be offered to the top candidates of the final ranking.

Tuition Fees

The PhD programme currently does not charge tuition fees. Admitted students however are required to pay an annual student tax to the amount of roughly €120,00.

Application Procedure

The application, together with all the attachments required, must arrive at the University of Trento by 6 April 2011.

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Applications must include:

* photocopy of the applicant’s identity card or passport
* degree certificate (applicants who hold a foreign degree should attach their degree certificate(s) and grade transcript(s) both in the original language and in English)
* curriculum vitae in English
* research proposal (max 5 pages/2500 words) in English, in one of the areas studied in the International Studies programme, including a short statement (max. 500 words) outlining their reasons for undertaking doctoral research and for choosing International Studies at the University of Trento
* certificate(s) attesting the knowledge of the English language at least C1 level (e.g. IELTS score 7, minimum band score of 6.5 on each of the 4 modules of the academic version; Cambridge CAE or CPE (minimum grade B); TOEFL IBT minimum score of 100; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum score 76), in case English is not the candidate’s mother tongue or if the candidate has not graduated from a BA or MA programme entirely taught in English.

Applications may include:

* two letters of recommendation in English or Italian from experts in the doctoral research areas. The letters must be sent by the referees using one of the following ways
o by email to Referees must indicate in the email object: “Letter of Reference for CANDIDATE’S LAST NAME/NAME, PhD in International Studies”;
o by fax to the School of International Studies number +39 0461 283152;
o by mail to the following address: Prof. Vincent Della Sala, PhD in International Studies Coordinator, c/o Ufficio Protocollo, via Belenzani 12, 38122 Trento – Italy.a list of publications
* copies of (selected) publications
* any other qualifications such as international examinations (GRE or equivalent)
* any other documents that attest to the research skills and abilities of the candidate.


PhD Programme in International Studies,
School of International Studies
Via Verdi 10, I-38122 Trento, Italy

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