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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore PhD in Economics and Finance

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore PhD in Economics and Finance

Deadline: 18 April 2021
Open to: master’s degree graduates of all ages and nationalities
Benefits: a grant of € 15.343,28 (gross income) per year


The Graduate School of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore invites pre-applications to its PhD in Economics and Finance. The length of the PhD Program is four years, starting in early November 2021. The precise starting date of the Program will be announced in due course.

There is a two-stage procedure, which takes place via the University website, as detailed below.

Stage 1 (pre-application). Candidates can apply to Stage 1 by uploading the required information and documents, as explained below. Candidates – who are supposed to have a solid background in Economics – will receive a feedback on their academic qualifications and be informed as to whether they are encouraged to pursue with Stage 2. No application fee is due at Stage 1.

The deadline for sending a pre-application is: April, 18, 2021.

Each Candidate will be informed via e-mail by April, 30, 2021.

Stage 2 (application). The official Call for Applications (Bando di Concorso) is expected to be published in the Italian Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale) in the Spring of 2021. It will also be posted on the University and DEFAP websites.

Candidates participating in Stage 2 will be required to pay a €100 fee. Payment will require the use of a credit card. Details about payment methods will be available in the official Call for Applications.

All the documents uploaded at Stage 1 are considered valid for Stage 2.


Master’s degree graduates of all ages and nationalities who hold:

Pre-applications may also be submitted by Candidates of all nationalities who have not graduated yet but expect to receive their degree by October 31.


They offer four fellowships (for a period of four years) to the highest ranked applicants with a grant of € 15.343,28 (gross income) per year. The monthly allowance can be increased up to 50% for their PhD students visiting academic or scientific institutions abroad. The number of scholarships may increase if sponsorships on specific research projects become available. There will also be allowances (research funds) for short-period mobility (from the second year).

How to apply?

The following documents must be submitted along with the complete pre-application form to the PhD Program:

The following material can strengthen a pre-application but is not mandatory:

Each applicant is required to clearly mention in her/his CV a Skype contact to allow the Committee to contact her/him for a telephone interview, if deemed necessary.

For more information please visit the official website.