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6 PhD Scholarships in International Studies University of Trento (Italy)


The PhD programme lasts three years, with a start date on 1 November 2017. The scholarships are funded as follows:

– 5 by the University of Trento, Italy

– 1 by EURAC Research (Bolzano).

The scholarship is awarded for three years, subject to satisfactory progress, and is increased by 50% during research periods abroad. The scholarship is adequate to cover living expenses in Trento; no tuition fees are charged.


Besides the main research strand of the School of International Studies that deals with  ‘Integration and disintegration of the European Union’, particular emphasis will be given to research projects on the following subjects:

Technology, Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), and International Politics

Bargaining, voting and power in European decision-making processes

‘Complex’ commerce: disputed areas, embargos and sanctions

Cross-Border Co-operation, Sub-National Entities and Multi-Level Governance (scholarship funded by EURAC Research)

Faculty members’ research interests


Candidates who hold a Master’s Degree in one of the core disciplines of International Studies (mainly, but not limited to, Political Science, Sociology, Law, Economics and Humanities). Candidates who expect to be awarded their Master’s degrees by 31 July 2017 may also apply.

An advanced knowledge of the English Language (C1 level or higher) is required.

Applications  are invited from candidates from all nationalities. See the website for all details and link to the online application. In particular, candidates are asked to include a short summary of their proposed research (2.000 words max.) and a motivation letter.


The PhD Programme, entirely in English, is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach; it includes structured coursework (mainly first year) as well as periods for individual research abroad.

The programme provides students with excellent and advanced understanding of complex international processes in a rapidly changing world, and increases opportunities for employment as advanced researchers in university and international research centers, governmental and non-governmental organizations at European and international levels, as well as private companies operating globally.

Closing date for applications: 16 May 2017, 16:00 Italian time

Assessment of qualifications: week of 12 June 2017
Interview for shortlisted candidates: week of 26 June 2017

Online application:

School’s website: