Sapienza’s Ph.D. Schools and International Courses - Academic Year 2021-2022


“Sapienza” University of Rome offers 70 three-year-full-time postgraduate PhD positions with fellowship for attaining the degree of “Dottore di Ricerca” (PhD) in one of the PhD courses listed in appendix.

Each fellowship amounts to € 19.800,00 per year; this amount includes national insurance contributions (INPS) that fellowship recipients are required to pay.

The fellowship does not cover any possible annual entrance fee and does not increase for research periods spent abroad. Mobility is allowed only for a country other than that of origin.

The PhD Programme lasts three years. At the end of the first and second years of attendance, students will be evaluated as proficient according to the rules of the Phd Programs.


  1. Admission Requirements

Applications are open to candidates holding a degree equivalent to the Italian diploma di laurea specialistica/laurea magistrale/laurea a ciclo unico obtained by April 15, 2021 from a not Italian institution. The Academic Board of the PhD course will check that each applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to the relevant Italian degree (for the sole purpose of this competition).


  1. Selection and admissions

The applications will be selected in two steps:

  1. Qualifications assessment: the applications will be evaluated on the basis of the documents listed in art. 5.2.
  2. An oral interview, following the evaluation by qualification, in a video conferencing in order to achieve a better evaluation of their aptitude for research. Interview will concern the presentation of a Research Project and critical discussion of its scientific interest, innovation and feasibility.


  1. Attachment of PhD

Students must attend the courses and seminars and other activities offered by their PhD Program, pass the related examinations and prepare a PhD dissertation, which must have original results.

The PhD title is obtained at the end of the third year after the candidate’s dissertation is complete and is positively evaluated by an independent jury appointed by the Rector.


  1. Applications and Dealine

To submit the application candidates should:

  • Sign in with a valid email address to
  • Complete the application form and provide all the following documents:
  • Photocopy of their identity card or passport;
  • Curriculum vitae et studiorum;
  • Copy of the master degree certificate and list of exams with marks;
  • Proposal of a research project (not exceeding 8.000 characters);
  • Motivation letter (brief statement explaining his/her PhD course choice and the candidate’s scientific interests);
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors or eminent researchers/experts of equivalent status;
  • List of publications (not mandatory).


Once signed in, candidates can complete the application form in more than one step. When all the requested fields are filled and all required documents are uploaded, candidates can finally submit the form.

After submission, NO further modification to the form will be possible.

All documents must be written in English and uploaded in PDF format. The maximum size for each document is 5 MB (5120 KBytes). No other format will be accepted.

The PhD Office reserves the right to verify the authenticity of the declarations submitted in the application.

The deadline for submission of the application and the supporting documents above listed is April 15, 2021 at 2.00 p.m. (Italian time).

The University may exclude at any time candidates lacking admission requirements.


  1. General Rules

Doctorate fellowships are incompatible with any other fellowship granted by Italian or International Institutions. Fellowships cannot be awarded to candidates who have already benefited (either entirely or partially) from a similar grant provided by an Italian or International Institution to attend a PhD Course.

Unless specific notice on the courses’ websites, the lessons can be held both in Italian and in English.


  1. Operational Indications

The short list of candidates admitted to the interview will be published on the official website: by May 10, 2021.

The list of winners, and of those who may be considered as eligible if places become free, will be published on the official website: by June 15, 2021.

Successful applicants will find the indication of the deadline for accepting the fellowship on the above-mentioned winners list.

Further instructions to complete the enrolment for the academic year 2021/2022 will be e-mailed only to the winners.

Upon the award of the fellowships, translated and legalized degree certificate with list of exams with the marks obtained and the declaration of validity (“dichiarazione di valore”) of the academic degree must be delivered to the PhD Office by September 30, 2021 for enrolment. Both the documents must to be issued by the competent Italian diplomatic representative in the Country where the academic qualification has been attained.


Sapienza Call for Applications to Fellowships and Admission of Incoming Students - Academic Year 2021-2022  (281.21 KB) Appendix Sapienza Call for Applications to Fellowships and Admission of Incoming Students - Academic Year 2021-2022  (243.09 KB)