PhD Calls and Admissions



Applications for the A.Y. 2019-2020 will open around April 8th, 2019 (the final date will be confirmed soon).

If you are interested in applying to our Phd Programm please follow the instructions in Sections 2 and 3 below.





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. 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. The DEM has been financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research under the program “Departments of Excellence” for 2018-22  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 Department of Economics and Management (DEM) of the University of Padova invites excellent students t apply to its PhD Program in Economics and Management (three-year, full-time program). Up to ten scholarships will be offered to the best applicants.

The DEM is a center of excellence in applied economics, accounting, 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.

For more information on our Department, please visit:

The PhD program is composed of two distinct curricula, Economics and Management. Both currricula consist 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. Please visit for more details.


2. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (valid for applicants to a.y. 2019-2020):

The program is open to students from all countries, provided they hold a Master degree or equivalent in economics, business sciences, statistics, mathematics or engineering. Students who are going to graduate until September 30th 2019, may apply as well.


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 recommendations
  • scientific publications (if any)
  • a short summary of the Master thesis (max 4 pages)

GRE general test is warmly recommended even if non mandatory.



Informal expressions of interest and inquiries from potential applicants to the A.Y. 2019-2020 can be directed to the program coordinators from February 2019:

Antonio Nicolò ( for economics curriculum

Federica Ricceri ( for management curriculum


Expressions of interest should contain:

  • a detailed cv (containing information about your previous career of study and related grades)
  • a list of referees (not reference letters at this stage)
  • GRE test score and TOEFL/IELTS (these are not mandatory but warmly recommended)
  • any other document that may help in assessing your research capabilities