PhD Programmes

The Italian research doctorate (PhD) is the highest academic degree awarded by universities in most fields of study. The PhD programme is open to applicants who hold a Masters Degree or equivalent degree obtained abroad. PhD programmes train students to carry out scientific research and improve their research methodologies. A Research Doctorate is awarded after 3 years of study, the completion of assigned research activities and the presentation of a final dissertation.

PhD Fellowship Call 2018-19 for Foreign Citizens Educated Abroad

Twenty-nine (29) three-year full-time postgraduate fellowships allocating €19.800/ year were available for the 2018-19 call that closed on April 23, 2018.

Applications are welcome from all candidates who satisfy the following requirements:

  • Are not Italian citizens;
  • Have not resided in Italy or have carried out their main activity in Italy for more than 6 months (also non-consecutive) during the 3 years preceding the expiration date of this Call;
  • Have obtained any academic qualification by a non-Italian institution. Perspective PhD students must hold a degree equivalent to the Italian diploma di laurea/laurea specialistica/laurea magistrale, or expect to obtain it before July 31, 2018.

Doctorate students may now apply on Infostud for a Student Services Card to access 24H Reading Rooms and other university services.

PhD Call 2018-19 / 34th Cycle

This call is currently closed as of July 6, 2018. 

IMPORTANT: Students awarded an ErasmusMundus, Marie-Curie or similar scholarships can apply in any period of the year. Send an email to the Coordinator for further instructions (

European PhD on Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies – 18thCycle

The call for the International European PhD on Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies – 18thcycle is currently closed as of July 13, 2018.  

Call for the European PhD on Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies 

Enrolment in PhD Programmes

You will find enrolment information on the following pages:

PhD Scholarship Increase

On Friday, January 26, MIUR announced that the minimum PhD scholarship will be increased from €13,638.47 to €15,343.28 gross, ca. €125 starting on January 1, 2018. Sapienza is working to conform to the new regulation.

The increase covers all active cycles and will be paid retroactively. 

Read DM 40/1/2018

PhD Programme Fees

As of academic year 2017-18, PhD students are exempt from tuition fees as established by Bill 232/2016.


The PhD Programmes has a list of FAQs (frequently asked questions). pagina della segreteria dei corsi di Dottorato di ricerca è disponibile un elenco di risposte alle domande più frequenti.


Students with a valid ID and Student number may contact the PhD Office via Skype (Dottorato.Sapienza) during the following hours:

Mon/Wed/Fri   8:30 - 12:00 am
Tues/Thurs   2:30 - 4:30 pm

Original Parchment Certificates

Original Parchment Certificates for students who received their PhD by 2016 are now available. You can pick up the certificates during office hours with a valid ID and a €16 tax stamp. If you have someone else pick up your certificate, you will have to give that person a written and signed affidavit and a copy of your ID.

IRIS PhD Thesis Archive

After having completed their final exam, doctoral students are required to submit their thesis to the IRIS Catalogue.

This is important for two fundamental reasons. It provides greater visibility to research results and allows the National Libraries in Rome and Florence to add all dissertations to their archives.

To access IRIS you need a university e-mail account and should follow the instructions provided in the VademecumIRIS.

Digital Stamp

PHD students can used INFOSTUD to print documents concerning their university career, final exams, entrance exam results, etc. The system includes an official digital stamp on all documents. Students will only need to add a physical €16 digital stamp to the documents for full validity.

ADI – Italian Association of PhDs and PhD Students

The ADI Association represents and safeguards the interests of all PhD students and researchers, as well as working to promote the importance of PhD titles.

For further information: ADI

Academic Programmes and Right to Education Area
PhD Office 

Romina Caronna

Gabriella Rusch
Stefania Roffi
Paola Grasso
Maria Luisa Rocco
Gabriella Barbera
Maria Di Napoli
Rita Tabolacci
Pietro Gabrielli
Angela Alessandrelli

Office Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30 - 12:00 (noon)
Tues/Thurs 2:30 - 4:30 pm

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