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PH.D. PROGRAMME IN POLITICAL STUDIES – Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences (NASP)

The Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP, ) at the
University of Milan is pleased to announce the Call for Application for:
7 Scholarships in the 3-years Ph.D. Programme in Political Studies (POLS)

Scholarship amount: approximately 16.000 euros/year, for 3 years.
The application deadline is September 14, 2020.
Full information on how to apply is included in the Call for Application.

The Ph.D. programme in Political Studies is based at the University of Milan and jointly promoted by the
following departments, members of NASP:

  • Department of Social and Political Sciences (SPS), University of Milan
  • Department of Political and Social Sciences (PSS), University of Pavia.

The programme aims at training highly skilled professionals who may employed as researchers in academic
institutions, think tanks and research centres, as well as advisors and officers in politico-institutional bodies,
(ministries, EU bodies, UN agencies, etc…), socio-economic institutions (Oecd, ILO, etc..) , no profit
organizations (Trade unions, ETUC, ITUC, Ngos, etc..) and private companies.

The programme offers a two-levels training. First, the acquisition of a common background in the fields of
political science and political philosophy. Second, a personalized training along the four specialization
1. Institutions and Public Policy focuses on contemporary political systems with particular reference
to: functioning of parliaments, governments and other political institutions at the national, local
and European levels; public policy analysis and evaluation; welfare and labour market policies;
democracy and democratization;
2. International Studies aims to provide tools to interpret the international dimension of politics and
the processes of mutual conditioning between the domestic and the external spheres by discussing
the main themes of the theory of International Relations, and analysing the most important sub-
regional systems and the main international actors’ foreign policies.
3. Public Opinion, Political Communication and Political Behaviour delves into the analysis of the
electoral processes, of the role the main actors involved play, of their communication strategies
with the citizens, and of how the latter build, express and translate into electoral behaviors their
attitudes towards politics.
4. Political Theory offers an in-depth study of the main paradigms that orient the contemporary
debate on political philosophy, normative political theory, and applied ethics, and provides the
necessary competences to build political arguments, to evaluate their theoretical and practical
implications, and to elaborate conceptual frameworks to treat politically relevant issues.

Contacts: for more information on POLS Ph.D. Programme please visit