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International PhD College

The International PhD College of the Institute of Advanced Studies is a community of international PhD students from different study areas. PhD students joining the International PhD College integrate the research activity required by their PhD programs with an interdisciplinary and international “coworking” activity on cross-cutting themes.

Update 3/08/2021: The new General Regulation of Residenza Collegio Superiore Irnerio applies to all the students of International PhD College (decision of the Institute of Higher Studies Board of 30/07/2021 - published on the webpage of the Institute of Advanced Studies on 3/08/2021 - comes into force starting from 4/08/2021).

The project of the International PhD College of the Institute of Advanced Studies represents an evolution of the current program “PhD@ISA (launched in 2007 with the name “Brains-in”) reserved to international brilliant and motivated PhD students. Over the years this program allowed to select at the Institute of Advanced Studies approximately 50 PhD international students who currently work abroad.

The admission to the International PhD College is based on merit and is reserved to international students successfully selected to enter a PhD program offered by the University of Bologna. PhD students of the International PhD College of the University of Bologna are expected to participate in the activities organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies and to integrate the research activity required by their PhD programs by coworking on interdisciplinary cross-cutting themes with other Italian and international PhD students. As a rule, the themes the PhD students will be required to work on will be proposed annually by the Academic Board of the Institute of Advanced Studies or approved by the Academic Board on proposals submitted by the PhD students of the International PhD College. The results of these joint study/research projects will be presented annually during an institutional event.

The successful candidates will be granted free accommodation in a studio apartment for one person in the International PhD College Residence for the entire duration of PhD programme. This benefit will be renewed annually and for a maximum of three years, irrespective of the PhD programme official duration, on the basis of an assessment by the Institute of Advanced Studies Academic Board.

With the aim of progressive expansion of the International PhD College, the Institute of Advanced Studies offers for the a.y. 2021/22 n.10 positions for the admission to the International PhD College. The call is addressed to particularly motivated and deserving international students successfully admitted to a PhD program offered by the University of Bologna.

What are the requisites for applying?

In order to participate in the selection, the candidate must meet all the requirements listed below:

- foreign citizenship;

- residence abroad at the moment of the application submission;

- Master’s degree required for the admission to the PhD program granted by a foreign university (Please note: if the candidate has also been granted a Master’s degree by an Italian university, only the foreign degree will be considered for the purpose of the selection).

How to apply?

The application for participation in the selection for the admission to the International PhD College is to be submitted simultaneously to the compilation of the application for the admission to the selected PhD program on Studenti Online by ticking the option “I intend to participate in the selection for the admission to the International PhD College of the Institute of Advanced Studies”. At the moment of the application, the candidate must include the following documents:

- motivation letter for the participation in the International PhD College activities;

- a proposal of interdisciplinary project to be developed under “coworking” scheme in the International PhD College (max. 10.000 characters spaces included);

When will the results of the selection be published?

The interviews with the Commission of the Institute of Advanced Studies will be carried out in the period October 18th – October 22nd, 2021 and can be carried out remotely via an online platform (Skype, Teams or Zoom). At the end of the selection process, a short list of applicants will be defined by the Commission. The short list will be published on this page in the section “Attachments”, normally, before October 31st, 2021.

The entrance of the successful candidates in the International PhD College Residence is planned, as a rule, starting from November 1st, 2021. More information will be sent to the winners after the acceptance of the position.

What are the selection criteria?

The admission to the International PhD College of the Institute of Advanced Studies is based on the evaluation of the documents submitted by the applicant and the interview aimed at ensuring a high scientific quality and the level of motivation of candidates. The interview can be carried out in Italian or in English, at the discretion of the applicant.

The evaluation criteria which will be used during the interview are as follows:

- curriculum vitae of the candidate and other documents attached to the application;

- motivations indicated in the motivation letter;

- the proposed interdisciplinary project proposal to be developed under the “coworking” scheme at the International PhD College (max. 10.000 characters spaces included);

- knowledge of English and Italian language (if any);

- the doctoral research project to be carried out primarily and mainly at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna.

What are the obligations of the students admitted to the International PhD College?

The PhD students admitted to the International PhD College will be required:

- to participate in and actively follow all cultural activities, seminars and other scientific events organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies with particular regard to the Institute weekly lectures and to the interdisciplinary working groups that will be proposed;

- to participate in at least 10 weekly lectures offered by the Institute of Advanced Studies during the academic year;

- to spend the entire duration of their PhD program at the University of Bologna. Periods of study and research at other universities or Italian and foreign research centers must be authorized by the Doctorate Board and cannot exceed a total of 6 months over the entire time span of the PhD program;

- to submit on a yearly basis a report summarizing the carried out scientific activities with attached his/her supervisor evaluation to be submitted to the Institute of Advanced Studies Academic Board for the evaluation of the free accommodation benefit renewal;

- to acknowledge the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies and the affiliation to the International PhD College in the thesis and in all derived publications.

For more information about the timing of the selection process and the rules for acceptance of the position, the candidates must read carefully the Call for applications of the selected PhD program.

Relateds

24/03 – International PhD College Day
Presentation of the International PhD College project. The presentation of the study "Responding to the challenge of COVID-19: Threat or Opportunity for Education? (experience of Egypt, Croatia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, the USA)" carried out in coworking by 34 and 35 cycle PhD students of the Institute of Advanced Studies under the SDG education.

Contacts

ISA Secretary

Via Marsala, 26

40126 - Bologna - Italy

tel: +39-051-2087140

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