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Applications of students graduated in foreign universities


XXXV PhD Cycle - Call for Applications


Deadline for applications:
June 17, 2019, 01:00 pm (CEST)



The PhD Program in Physics of the University of Trieste is inviting applications for 14 PhD scholarships.

Scholarships are open to students graduated in foreign universities. One scholarship -funded by ICTP- is reserved to candidates from countries not belonging to the list of "High-income economies” (according to the World Bank criteria).


This three-year program provides curricular courses and specific training activities. The students will work on leading-edge projects in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, medical physics and biophysics, nuclear and particle/astroparticle physics, theoretical physics.


Informations and on-line application available at:


Before applying, please carefully read the following documents:

The admission is evaluated through a competitive selection based on qualifications and interview. A video conference (Skype) interview can be arranged on request.

Relevant dates and deadlines:

If no appointment for the skype interview is scheduled, the candidate is assumed to show up in person at the Physics Department (via Valerio 2, Trieste-Italy) on July 9, 2019, at 9:00 am.



Eligible candidates must hold an academic qualification, which can be considered to be equivalent - in terms of duration, level and disciplinary field -  to the Italian degree which allows to undertake Ph.D. studies in Italy. The candidate must hold the degree by September 30, 2019  (or by October 31, 2019 in case of an Italian degree). Further info on foreign degrees: and paragraph 6.2 of the Admission Announcement.


Documents required for the application

Online application procedure ( mandatory documents, as specified in ATTACHMENT 4 - Physics:

  1. proof of identity
  2. curriculum vitae et studiorum
  3. University qualifications (see below)
  4. abstract of the degree thesis or dissertation
  5. self presentation and statement of research

Optionally the PhD candidate could upload 

  1. Two reference letters
  2. Publications 
  3. Further university qualifications (see below)

The template for the abstract of the Master thesis could be found here:

 For the reference letters, please download the following Reference Letter Template (.doc), and send it to the referees you have chosen. Your referees should send their letters directly to within the application deadline:  June 24, 2019, hr. 1:00 pm (CEST)

 DISCLAIMER: the above information is a summary of deadlines and required documents; the applicant should read the legally binding information, available in




Informal inquiries: Prof. Francesco Longo, e-mail:


For any problem regarding the admission procedure write an e-mail to:


For general informations regarding the Graduate program in Physics, write to: 


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Q: Which format and contents are expected for the “statement of research”?

The statement of research should not exceed a page in A4 format. It should describe a research subject of interest for the candidate. The draft should briefly outline the present knowledge in the field with a short bibliography, possible objectives of research activity, and the related experimental or theoretical methods. The research subject will not be binding for the PhD research activity, but will be a starting point for the discussion in the interview.


Q: Are images allowed in the “statement of research”?

Yes, provided that the statement of research will not exceed the lenght limit.  I


Q. How will the interview be organised? 

A. The interview will last up to about 25 minutes for each candidate. It will include both the self-presentation of the candidate, to expound his/her research interests and the draft of research proposal and some questions by the admission committee.
Q. Supervisor's signature on the thesis abstract: when is it required?
A: The signature of the supervisor is required only for those candidates who did not obtain their degree yet, and who will graduate abroad by October, 1st.
Last update: 06-05-2019 - 10:25