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. 

For courses that will start in the next cycle (XXXIII - date of start 1st October 2017), the call for applications are, or will be, available at These grants are awarded on the basis of qualifications only and do not require an entry examination. In recent years, competitions are regulated through two distinct calls. 


1) Foreign Student Scholarship Announcement - Expired March 28, 2017


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.

Final pass list at the page


2) Ordinary Admission announcement (open to Italian as well as to foreign students) – Expired June 30, 2017


Eight PhD studentships for A.Y. 2017/18 are available at University of Padova for candidates interested in the area of Statistical Sciences (start of activities: October 1st, 2017). The studentship competition is open to applicants of any age or citizenship, holding a 2nd cycle degree or a single degree from an Italian University or an equivalent qualification from other countries of at least four years' duration.

The call is published at the page ; English version at the page

The application must be submitted following the online procedure.

The grants are awarded on the basis of qualifications only and do not require an entry examination. Qualifications include: undergraduate and/or master degrees transcripts of records, curriculum, scientific publications, at most 2 letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL (if available). Having already been awarded the degree is not necessary for application, but it is necessary to obtain the degree within 30th September.  The cv has to be compiled according to the  template for the XXXIII cyle call CV_XXXIII(pdf) and uploaded along with the record of exams and marks of first and second cycle degrees.

The award will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, at the following rate: annual grant of euros 13.638,47.

Please, note that foreign candidates who applied to the call in item 1 need to newly apply if they intend to participate to this ordinary selection procedure.

Moreover, foreign candidates who have been awarded a minimum three-year scholarship by some international scientific committee (e.g., Marie Curie or Erasmus Mundus scholarship) can be admitted extra quota.

Interested candidates are highly encouraged to contact for further information.


Provisional rankings

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Final rankings are published at the page:

Vacant places

PRIMARY PHASE - Candidates with the right to a vacant place will be notified through publication of the list of replacement candidates at the address from 14 September 2017. Candidates will be required to enrol by 19 September 2017.

SECONDARY PHASE - From 21 September 2017, any further available places will be published and interested candidates must submit their applications by 25 September 2017 according to the procedure indicated. Candidates who will have submitted their applications for vacant places will be contacyed directly by the office and will have to complete enrolment by 29 September 2017.