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Admission to the University’s Research Doctorate Courses is governed by a competition that allocates scholarships on the basis of comparative merit. Comparative assessment is made by the Boards of Examiners (one per Course), appointed according to the University regulations. After the selection process has been completed, each Board of Examiners draws up a merit list. Scholarships are allocated according to the ranking established in the merit list. Applicants may be of any age or citizenship, but must have a 2nd cycle degree or a single cycle degree from an Italian university or an equivalent qualification from other countries of at least four years' duration. In recent years, competitions were regulated through two distinct calls. 

1) Foreign Student Scholarship Announcement - Deadline March 28, 2017 13.00 (CEST)

The University of Padova, through the funding of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships to foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/International Courses. The total number of grants for all doctoral courses of the University of Padova, period 2017/18-2019/20, will be 15. During the 3-year doctoral programme, successful candidates are offered full board and lodging. The grants include all University and Department fees, full board at the University accommodation and provide an additional personal scholarship of about 13,600.00 € per year for a total of 3 years.

For courses that will start in the next cycle (XXXIII - date of start 1st October), the call for applications is available at These grants are awarded on the basis of qualifications only and do not require an entry examination.

2) Ordinary Admission announcement (open to Italian as well as to foreign students) will be published in May 2017

Ordinary admission to Doctoral Courses is governed by a competition announced separately from the one described in item 1 above.

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