Admission procedure for italian and foreign students

Details of the call 2018

The Department of Mathematics offers 12 three-year positions as PhD student with fellowship and 1 three-year position as PhD student without financial support.

Out of the above, 3 such fellowships are reserved to students willing to work on a specific project.

The formal call is now closed. The deadline for application was July 6th.

The selection of candidates for the Ph.D. program is done by public competition. A Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale, i.e., a Master degree, is needed to participate to the selection process. Holders of degrees obtained abroad and comparable to a Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale will also be considered.

Students expected to graduate by October 31th, 2018 will also be admitted to the selection process.


Students interested in applying must perform the following three steps.

Step 1

Follow this link  to find the official call for application: call for application in English (Call 34th cycle - Annex A 34th cycle), call for application in Italian (Bando 34°ciclo - Allegato A 34°ciclo).

For your convenience, here is a to-do list for applying.

  • According to Article 3 of the call for application, you have to
        Register with the University information system;
        Pay the application fee within July 6th as described here.
  • If you hold a foreign academic degree, you will also have to send additional documents to the following e-mail address by July 6th (see Article 4 of the call). The e-mail should have the following subject

    Subject: "Documentazione bando 34° ciclo – titolo di studio conseguito all’estero (art. 4) – Cod. corso n.12506 MATEMATICA"

    and a scannerized copy of your ID document must be attached.
    The procedure is different for candidates holding an EU academic degree and those holding an extra-EU academic degree.

    Candidates holding an EU academic degree must attach a signed declaration that they hold the necessary degree (or that they are expected to obtain their degree by October 31st) and must provide the full list of exams and grades (in English or Italian). In case they do obtain a position, they will have to produce an original certificate, according to Article 4 of the call.

    Candidates holding an extra-EU academic degree must attach an official degree certificate with exams and grades (if the certificate is not in Italian of in English, a legal translation is needed as well).

  • Foreign candidates can also apply for admission without a fellowship.
    For this type of application, follow the instructions in Article 5 of the call.

Step 2

Download, fill in and save the cv+statement.pdf file:
    cv+statement-it.pdf italian version
    cv+statement-en.pdf english version
this is a writable pdf file that you can fill in using most of the common pdf readers (please note that occasionally some PDF viewer embedded in an internet browser might fail to correctly work).

Please remember to specify if you are also competing for a fellowship supported by a specific project.

Step 3

Follow this link and complete the application online by July 6th.

You will be asked to upload the cv+statement file you have filled in and to provide names and email addresses of at most two professors willing to support your application. We will contact your references when we receive your application.

Make sure to inform them, as soon as possible, that we will contact them and we will need to receive their letters within Sunday July 8th!


Shortlist and timetable of the interviews

After evaluting the received documentation, the selection committee will prepare a shortlist, which will be published on this web site by July 12th.

Candidates in the shortlist will be invited to two consecutive interviews, to be held on the same day, beginning on July 17th at 9 am (Lecture room Consiglio, Dipartimento di Matematica, first floor). The exact timetable of the interviews will appear in the shortlist announcement.

If candidates wish to have their interviews performed remotely (e.g., via Skype or Google Hangout or Apple FaceTime) they should motivate their request by emaling the Director of the Ph.D. program (

Please note that there will be no written exam.


Each candidate will be interviewed twice: the two interviews will be held one after the other, in the same day. Each interview will last 20-25 minutes approximately.

In the first interview the candidate will be questioned on his/her scientific interests (past and future); in the second interview the candidate will be questioned on background topics centered around his/her scientific interests.

If the candidate is also applying for a fellowship supported by a specific project, then some questions may focus on topics related to the project itself.

Assessment criteria

  • Up to 40/120 points for the evaluation of the CV, statement of purposes and letters of recommendation; passing grade is 20 points.
  • Up to 30/120 points for the first interview; passing grade is 15 points.
  • Up to 50/120 points for the second interview; passing grade is 25 points.

The minimum grade to pass the test is 60/120. Based on the overall score, the committee will make a ranking and will establish the eligibility of the candidates for each specific project.

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