Duration, admission, scholarships
The PhD programme in Biosciences has an expected length of 3 years. About 10-12 students enter the programme every year. The School aims at selecting the best candidates applying from all over the country as well as from abroad. Admission is by competition which is open to people of all ages and citizienship who already have a Diploma di Laurea (vecchio ordinamento) or Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale (nuovo ordinamento), issued in Italy, or an academic qualification of equivalent level issued by a foreign University and recognized by the academic authorities, or by inter-university agreement of cooperation and mobility.
Competitions are held annually, with the call being published around June of each year. Courses start the following November. For full information, see the Admission section on the page of University of Padua call announcement. Most available positions are supported by scholarships from the University of Padua or from other institutions (awarded on the basis of qualifications only). The annual scholarship amounts to around 13,600 €. For periods of study abroad (up to 18 months) the scholarship value is increased by 50%. Moreover, the School contributes to travel and living expenses abroad, according to budget availability. Special additional grants for non-Italian students (awarded on the basis of qualifications only) are awarded by the CARIPARO Foundation. These grants include all University and Department fees, full board at the University accommodation and provide an additional personal scholarship of 13,600 € for year for a total of 3 years. Students have access to the funds of the PhD Course and to internal research grants to cover travel and other research expenses (e.g. conferences, consumables, microscopy and DNA sequencing services). Each PhD student’s research and didactic activity will be supervised by a tutor assigned by the School Collegiate. See the Admission section and the page of University of Padua call announcement for updates. Please, follow carefully the instructions for application in the announcement.