The admission to the PhD Program is based on the careful assessment of students' research attitudes. An admissions committee reviews all applications and evaluates each candidate on the basis of his/her CV, two reference letters, the research project proposed, the motivation letter.

At present, 35 students are enrolled, with an average of 10/15 new students entering the program each year. Financial support is provided for the three years either through University funding (10-12 grants each year) or through external, private or public funding, generally granted for a specific research project (the number of such Specific PhD Research themes varies every year).



Every academic year, the China Scholarship Council (CSC), offers scholarships to candidates from the People’s Republic of China who are interested in our PhD course. 

More info concerning the CSC call (who can apply, how to apply) can be found here

The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018.




33rd Series of the Doctoral Course: October 1st, 2017- September 30th, 2020

The ranking of the oral examination can be found at the following link

The applicants who have been admitted to the interview can be found at the following link

The calendar of the interviews can be found at the following link

Please remember that the password to access the file is the one that you received from the PICA system when you submitted your electronic application.

The ranking of the pre-selection procedure can be found at the following link

The call has closed on June 30th, 2017.

Positions sponsored by the University of Padova. Both Italian and foreign students can apply.

The call for Application has opened on June 1st. Applicants expected to graduate by September 30th can apply. Successful applicants who do not fit this criterion will not be in the position to enroll in the PhD program.

ATTENTION: To apply, read carefully the information available at the University web site.

Here we provide the most important information regarding the admission procedure.

To apply fill out the online Application form. The Application opens on June 1st, 2017.
It is important to remind that the application must be fill out using the online procedure specified in the above link.

It is crucial that applicants read carefully the instructions specified at the following link

The Application form must be completed by June 30th at 1.00 pm. Later application will not be considered.

Documents to be attached to the application form:

  1. Copy of an Identification Document
  2. Curriculum Vitae in English. Please use the standard format that can be found following this link. Fill out all the requested fields with detailed information. Only CVs presented in the standard format (see above) will be evaluated.
  3. Research project. Please, use the following format:

Project Title


State of the art

(max 500 words)


Project objectives

(max 500 words)


Project description (activities, methodologies, expected results)

(max 500 words)


Working program (including time scheduling)

(max 500 words)




4. Statement of purpose (500 words, max.)

5. Publications

In the Application form candidates are requested to indicate 2 Referees who will be asked to provide a reference letter through an online procedure. Referees will be contacted AFTER the application form has been successfully submitted. The dead line for the submission of the reference letter will be July 5st at 1.00 pm.

There will be a Pre-selection procedure based on the evaluation of:

  • Curriculum vitae, including education, research and work experience, English language competence (max 30 points).
  • Publications (max 10 points).
  • Research project, motivation statement and recommendation letters (max 30 points).

The pre-selected candidates will be admitted to the interview. The ranking of those candidates admitted to the interview, together with the time and place for the interview, will be available on this website on July 24th. The interview is based on a discussion of the research project proposed by the candidate and it will be in English.

Interviews will start on July 26th at 9.30 am (eventually they will continue for the two following days). Candidates may want to seat the interview using Skype. In such circumstances they must make a specific request and provide the Skype contacts details within the application form.

The final ranking will be published on August 7th (

General information on the admission procedure

The application should contain information about: 

1. University degrees;

2. Documented research stages and working stages related to research and/or psychological sciences; 

3. English competence (a B2 level is highly recommended)

4. Two presentation letters (submitted online by the presenters within July 5th 2017 - 13:00)

5. A research project (this must be compatible with the research lines of the faculty members; the research lines proposed by the Faculty members can be viewed following the link "Professors" on the left and opening the personal page of each member)

6. Motivation letter

Further information about the selection procedure will be available with the call at the following web site:

All information will be published also in the present site as soon as it becomes available.

PhD Course



15 PhD position for foreign students funded by Fondazione Cariparo.

The call has closed on March 28th, 2017.

The results will be published on June 26th 2017. Only students with a Master level degree can be admitted to the PhD course.

All information about the call at