PhD Calls and Admissions

The Department of Economics and Management and the PhD programme

The Department of Economics and Management (DEM) of the University of Padova is one of the leading research institutions in Italy for economics and business science. The last national research assessment that covered the period 2011-2014 ranked the University of Padova first in the scientific area including economics, business science and statistics. This result fits well with the first rank achieved by the University of Padova in 7 out of 14 scientific areas considered in the assessment. The DEM offers an international Ph.D. program with a long tradition of quality and success that complements the department's offer of bachelor and master degrees.

The DEM is a center of excellence in applied economics, corporate governance, economic theory and management and it is part of one of the world oldest higher education institutions, the University of Padova, located in Italy's North-East. The DEM offers a stimulating learning and research environment to students from around the world.

The PhD programme is composed of two distinct curricula, Economics and Management, and for both currricula consists of two parts: rigorous coursework during the first year, and work on the PhD thesis during the second and the third year. The coursework during the first year is separate for the two curricula and divided in three terms. 


Call for grants

The Department of Economics and Management (DEM) of the University of Padova invites excellent students to apply to its PhD Programme in Economics and Management (three-year, full-time programme). Up to seven scholarships will be offered to the best applicants. The application period for the academic year 2017/2018 will be opened in June 1, 2017 and will end in June 30, 2017.

Admission to the PhD programme in Economics and Management is governed by a competition. Applicants may be of any age or citizenship, but must have a 2nd cycle degree or a single cycle degree from an Italian university or an equivalent qualification from other countries. Students who are going to graduate until September 30th, 2017 may apply as well. 

Qualifications may also be recognised under the terms of co-operation and mobility agreements with other universities. The call for grants provides a comprehensive explanation of the programme and admission procedures and how to apply for recognition of foreign qualifications.

The Call will be available from June 1st here


To apply candidates are invited to submit:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a research proposal (max 4 pages)
  • all degree certificates
  • all official transcripts
  • proof of English competence (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS but not compulsory)
  • two letters of reccomendation
  • scientific publications (if any)
  • a short summary of the Master thesis 

Final rankings are now available here. To view it, you need to use the password you received in the confirmation e-mail when you submitted the application form.

You can find here the complete evaluation of individual titles.