Admission to the PhD Course follows a two-stage comparative evaluation procedure defined below.
For the purposes of the final ranking up to 30 points out of 100 can be given in the first assessment phase to the candidates’ qualifications, including the written dissertation, and to the references. Up to 70 points can be given instead during the second assessment phase.
Separate rankings will be published for each PhD Course.
First assessment phase
This phase is carried out by the Examination Committee of each PhD course and it does not require the presence of the candidates. It concerns the evaluation of the following:
- curriculum vitae and other information in the electronic form, abstract and publications included
- degree (5-year degree, as per old Italian regulation, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree) and graduation marks (including BD);
- The written dissertation describing the candidates’ research interests;
- The reference letters
On the basis of the documentation received and the preliminary assessment criteria, each Examination Committee will proceed to the comparative evaluation of the candidates and will then prepare the rankings of the first evaluation phase.
Only candidates who have obtained a score higher than or equal to 50% of the maximum score for the first evaluation (30 points) will be admitted to the second phase, as per Art. 5.1, items a), b), c).
Second assessment phase
This phase consists in an interview held in English with the Examination Committee, also supported by video conference if needed. The assessment criteria used will be those already established by the same Committee.
Each candidate will be interviewed by the Examination Committee of the PhD Course for which he/she has applied.
Candidates admitted to the interviews will be provided with three scientific publications specific for each PhD course selected by the Examination Committees. The candidate will have to choose one to discuss during the interview.
The interview will also assess the general and specific competences, their motivation to pursue the PhD Course and further professional research path. The interviews will be held either fully or partially in English so they represent a language test.
At the end of the second assessment phase, the Examination Committee will draw up a final ranking based on a comparative assessment of the candidates.
Candidates with a final score lower than 60% of the total score (100 points) will be considered non-eligible.
Assignment of the fellowships
Positions are assigned on the basis of the candidate’s place in the final ranking and of the preference expressed in the application form within the PhD course for which they have applied.
Final rankings will be updated after each further withdrawal and/or forfeiture.
For each course, the fellowships will be awarded to the first eligible candidate in the final ranking who selected such fellowship at the time of submission of the application.
Fellowships which have not been selected by any eligible candidate of the final ranking as their first choice at the time of submission of the application will be awarded to the first eligible candidate of the final ranking who has selected them as their second choice.