32 Scholarships for the 2019/20 PhD programs at the IMT School

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    23/04/2019 12:00 - Europe/Athens
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2019/20 PhD programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline for applications – April 23rd, 2019, 12 pm CEST

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/20 PhD Programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (www.imtlucca.it), one of the six Schools of Excellence in Italy and one of the highest rated graduate schools in Europe according to the most recent U-Multirank survey. Highly motivated candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply for one of the 32 fully-funded scholarships, which are equally divided between two doctoral Programs that integrate scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage.

Each of the two PhD Programs have their own two field-specific Tracks, which partially share a common scientific background and are directly linked to the School’s four scientific and research macro-areas. Candidates can apply for one (or more) of the following Programs and Tracks:

Cognitive and Cultural Systems PhD Program

Systems Science PhD Program

*This year, one PhD position is reserved for a candidate interested in writing his/her PhD thesis on economics and management within the context of a joint PhD agreement with the KU Leuven.

Courses are led by world-renowned researchers and provide students with all the theoretical skills and advanced tools required for rigorously tackling a multitude of analysis, design and management problems within the broad framework of systems analysis in economic, social, scientific, technological and cultural domains. Specialized faculty and staff create a network that provides key guidance and support throughout the PhD Program. Working closely with faculty, both in the classroom and in the development of research, students reach the highest levels of scholarly achievement. IMT School PhD graduates will be able to use the skills they acquired during their studies to recognize and resolve complex problems, to choose the most appropriate method or instrument to utilize when approaching these problems, even in disciplines outside of their primary field of research. During their doctoral studies, students are also encouraged to carry out their research with the School’s Research Units.

All students are based in the recently restored San Francesco complex, a fully integrated Campus in the historical center of the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca. The Campus includes renewed residential facilities, an on-site canteen, study and living rooms, a state-of-the-art library and outdoor recreational spaces, which foster a unique cultural, professional and social environment for our doctoral program. Eligible students, in addition to free room and board, will also receive a research scholarship which amounts to approximately €15,300/year. The scholarships are fully-funded for up to four years, with a possibility of graduating after the third year.

The PhD Programs at the IMT School attracts students from around the world, providing a truly international environment. English is the official language of the School. Moreover, all students will have the opportunity to spend periods abroad at research institutes, laboratories or universities, both within the Erasmus+ framework and through ad hoc mobility agreements.

Most IMT School PhD Graduates have reached prominent roles in academics, governmental institutions, public and private companies or professions across the globe.

To find out more about the School, the admission requirements and how to apply, please see https://www.imtlucca.it/en/programma-dottorato/overview.

The deadline for applications is April 23rd, 2019, 12:00 pm CEST.

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PhD students at IMT enjoy the following benefits and services:


All students admitted to the PhD program are not required to pay tuition fees. A number of grants are available to support the participation to the program (see exact number in the current call. Additional grants may become available after the launch of the call). Grants are assigned to admitted students according to the final ranking determined by the evaluation process. The grant is €15,343.28 per year (≅ €13,640.64 net/year) for four years, and can be increased by 50% during the periods spent abroad for study and research (from 2 to 9 months). Students have the option of graduating after the third year. 


All students who are granted a scholarship have free accommodation in shared double rooms on campus residential facilities.


All PhD students at IMT are offered free meals (lunch and dinner) at the School canteen located on campus. Lunch and dinner are served each day, Monday through Sunday, for the entire academic year. Vegetarian menus or take-away meals are available on request through the online canteen reservation system.


Advanced training and research at IMT are fully integrated thanks to the high quality of its services and underlying scientific infrastructure. All IMT structures are located in the historical center of Lucca and make up an integrated campus for advanced studies and research. See Campus for more information.

Welcome Services

IMT assists students with arrival and administrative procedures (Visa, Stay Permit, Health insurance, Tax & Other). More information is available in the Visa, Stay Permit, Health, Tax & Other Useful Information and in Campus.

Other Services

All PhD students have access to library facilities and can benefit from the services of the IT support staff for all technical requests related to study and research.



Selection process

Selection process

Applicants are evaluated by a selection committee on the basis of past academic performance (grades) and background, scientific relevance and aptitude to research within the selected Track, and any other additional pertinent data submitted in the application (such as scientific publications, if any). While ranking of applicants is mostly driven by academic achievement, scientific pertinence is also taken into consideration for admission.

The candidates that pass the initial assessment of the applications will be invited for an interview with the selection committee, either in person at the IMT campus, or via standard internet videoconference, or through any other procedure allowing visual contact with the candidates and viewing of their identity document. Candidates with no access to videoconferencing facilities can conduct the interview at an Italian embassy or consulate.

During the evaluation process, in rare circumstances, the selection committee may propose a different Track from the one chosen by the candidate.

Equal opportunities are ensured to all candidates throughout the evaluation process.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


A university degree of at least 4 years or full time equivalent. For an Italian degree, a "Laurea Magistrale" (or "Specialistica") or a "Laurea Vecchio Ordinamento". For foreign degrees, eligibility will be assessed by the PhD Selection Committee.

Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31st, 2019 can also apply.

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IMT School For Advanced Studies Lucca
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