Ph.D. in Economics – DEFAP: Call for Applications 2017-18

The Graduate Schools of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Università di Milano-Bicocca invite high-quality students  to apply to their joint PhD Program in Economics/in Economics and Finance for the academic year 2017-18 (XXXIII cycle).

The length of the PhD Program is three years, starting in November 2017.

Scholarships are available (for a period of three years) to the highest ranked applicants.

Candidates are invited to state their research main interest (i.e. “Economics” or “Economics and Finance”). The preference expressed at this early stage is not binding.

Information concerning the program can be found at:

Selection procedure

There is a two stages selection procedure.

Stage 1 (Pre-Application stage)

Candidates can apply to Stage 1 by filling in the Pre-Application form (click here to download Pre-Application and form). A completely filled-in Pre-Application form must be sent with the documents listed below by e-mail to

Candidates will be evaluated according to their academic qualifications. Notice that applicants are supposed to have a solid background in Economics.

Stage 1 applicants will be informed as to whether they are encouraged to pursue with the second stage.

No application fee is due at this stage.

The deadline for pre-applications is  April 30, 2017.

Stage 1 applicants will be informed about the outcome of this pre-screening procedure via e-mail  by May 31, 2017.

Stage 2

The official Call for Applications (Bando di Concorso) will be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) on August 1st, 2017 and also posted on the University’s and on the PhD Program’s websites.

Candidates who have been encouraged to pursue with the application at Stage 1, will be invited (by e-mail) to submit a new and official application form.

Candidates will be required to pay a € 100 fee. Details of payment will be available in the official Call for Applications.

All applicants will be informed by e-mail about the final list of admitted candidates.

 Application requirements

Pre-Applications/Applications will be accepted from applicants of all ages and nationalities who hold:

  • an Italian degree (Diploma di laurea quadriennale, laurea specialistica, laurea magistrale) or a an Italian degree obtained according to the regulations existent before the implementation of the Ministerial Decree of 3 November, 1999, n. 509 and its subsequent amendments and supplements;
  • a foreign academic qualification already recognized as equivalent by academic authorities, or recognised in accordance with inter-university agreements of co-operation and mobility;
  • a foreign academic qualification that has not yet been recognized equivalent to an Italian degree, provided the candidate includes the documents necessary to reach a decision regarding equivalence, for purposes of admission to the PhD programme only.

Pre-Applications/Applications may also be submitted by candidates of all nationalities who have not yet graduated but who expect to receive their degree by the 31st of October. In this case, the admission to the program is conditional on the candidate submitting a valid certification of the obtained degree. Should this not occur, her/his application will be automatically discarded.

 Qualifications and Documents

The following documents must be included when submitting the complete pre-application/application form:

  • a CV/résumé;
  • for graduates, a certificate of an acceptable Italian or foreign degree, plus a transcript including the final overall grade granted as well as the complete list of courses attended and grades received;
  • if qualification is pending, a certificate of enrolment to one of the acceptable Italian degree programs or to a foreign academic program, plus a transcript including courses attended and grades received;
  • certification of further qualifications, such as a Master degree and any other post-graduate course, with transcripts of courses attended and grades received;
  • two confidential letters of recommendation, to be sent directly by the recommendersto the following e-mail address:
  • any publication the candidate wishes to submit to the selection committee;
  • a research statement (max. 15.000 characters) in which the candidate outlines her/his professional goals and research interests, and provides any other useful information.

 Documents that can increase the likelihood of a successful application, but are not compulsory:

  • GMAT or GRE;
  • one of the following language certifications (obtained not before the 1stof January 2010): FCE; CAE; CPE; BEC; BRITISH CHAMBER of COMMERCE; TRINITY COLLEGE; TOEFL; IELTS.

 Each applicant must communicate her/his skype contact and phone number for allowing the selection committee to contact her/him for a telephone interview, if deemed necessary.

The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore does not take any responsibility in the case of mailing delays or of documents losses due to incorrect or incomplete handling by candidates.

Information concerning Composition of the Selection Committee, Selection procedure, Scholarships, Rights and Duties of Doctoral Students, Awarding of degrees, Acts and documents written in a foreign language, and other relevant issues are contained in the official call, which will be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) and uploaded to the Ph.D. website on August 1st, 2017.

 For further information on the Application procedures, please do not hesitate to contact

The Call for Applications is available here.

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