In addition to activities for the preparation of the final thesis, doctoral candidates are expected to participate in training activities organized by the SDA; besides, international mobility and activities common to near research fields are recommended. At least 25 scholarships will be awarded to the best doctoral candidates. The scholarship will be maintained for three years, passing the annual evaluation. The number of scholarship is supposed to increase due to financial support obtained from either private or public organizations. All of the scholarships will be awarded on selection criteria based on this call. The final number of scholarships will be available on the web site. Candidates without scholarship can be admitted too, in a number relating to the scholarships which will be assigned to each PhD course.
The selection is open to graduates, regardless of gender, age, religion or nationality, in possession of an Italian “laurea quadriennale” or “specialistica” or “magistrale” or equivalent foreign degree qualification of II level. In cases where the University degree of the candidate is not officially recognized as equivalent, his/her admission and possible enrolment will be conditional on the Giunta of SDA will rule on the validity of the degree qualification obtained abroad, for the sole purpose of allowing participation in the admission process. The selection is also open to candidates who do not already possess the required degree, provided that conferral takes place by October 31st, 2011. In this case, admission will be conditional, and the candidate will be required, under D.P.R. n. 445/00 art. 47, to present the degree certificate or a notarised copy before November 11th, 2011.