Application and admission
Candidates can apply to the program without any restriction of age or citizenship. Requirements for admission to PhD programs are specified by national laws. Application deadlines are established on a yearly basis and are given high visibility through the appearance of advertisement on major specialized international journals and the publication of an official call on the website of the University of Bologna (http://www.unibo.it). Applications can be filled out either in English or in Italian. To apply for the program, candidates should follow the detailed instructions in the official website of the University of Bologna.
Mandatory documents to be enclosed to the application:
1. Scanned copy of a valid ID (e.g. passport, national ID card)
All the documents, including the reference letters need to be sent through the procedure available on the website http://studenti.unibo.it
Other documents to be enclosed, if available:
Application must be sent by May 18th 2016. The admission exam (interview) will take place on July 19th 2016 at Dipartimento di Psicologia, University of Bologna, viale Berti Pichat 5, Bologna. JICN program will start by November 1st 2016.
An Italian university degree (laurea specialistica/magistrale - 3+2 years) or pre-reform degree (vecchio ordinamento - 4 years) or an equivalent degree obtained abroad.
Candidate selection and assessment criteria
1. Evaluation of academic qualifications
Score is assigned as follows:
− evaluation of the degree mark (for applicants who have an university degree at the time of submission of the application) or evaluation of the university exams taken with grades (for applicants who still not have an university degree at the time of submission of the application): max 10 points;
− graduation thesis work: max 5 points
The research project will be scored as it follows:
− scientific value and originality: max 15 points
Only candidates who score at least 30 in the evaluation of academic qualifications will be selected for the oral exam.
2. Oral exam
The oral exam will be scored as it follows:
- Critical discussion and defence of the reaserch project: max 35 punti
Applicants will not be informed about the outcome of the selection procedures.
Candidate selection and project's assignment
Candidates are selected through an interview by the selection Committee (in English). Each selected candidate indicates preferences among the thematic sections offered to the students. The assignment process will be carried out by the Steering Committee, taking into account individual preferences expressed by the selected candidates, their scientific and academic background and the specific areas of interest of the participating institutions, to obtain the best possible match between the candidate and the participating investigators.
Students entering the program will be granted a three year institutional fellowship, either provided by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research or, whenever available, by any of the participating institutions or by private institutions. Additional monthly allowances are provided for the period spent abroad by the students.