Admission to PhD ProgrammesServizi
In order to enter a PhD programme, candidates must pass a public competition regulated by a specific Call for Applications , announced on a yearly basis and published on the Gazzetta Ufficiale (Official Gazette), Euraxess and Verona University’s websites.
The competition is open to applicants who hold a Laurea Magistrale /Specialistica or a foreign Master’s Degree (Master of Science or Master of Arts) recognized as equivalent to the previously mentioned Italian degrees and which would permit access to a PhD programme in the country where it was gained.
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The enrolment procedure is available from 1st August 2019 to 29th August 2019
- Call for Applications 2019/2020
Details on how to submit your application and specific documentation are published on the PhD programme web page, on the page "Enrolment procedure"
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- Regulations for PhD Studies
- Ph.D. Schools and Ph.D. programme regulations
- Ministerial Decree no. 45/2012
Regulations concerning the procedure for the accreditation of the research
doctorates and criteria for their setting up - D.M. (Ministerial Decree) no.
Starting from the 33rd cycle of PhDs, commencing in the 2017-2018 academic year, the University of Verona has been running 15 PhD programmes grouped under four PhD Schools. Please visit the specific web page of your PhD programme to see how the CFRs are distributed over the three-year study period.
Each PhD programme has a limited number of places. To apply for a PhD at the University of Verona, you must participate in a specific application round which is open to the public and published annually in May on the university website page Admission to PhD Programmes – Call for Applications, on Euraxess and in the Gazzetta Ufficale (Official Journal of the university). The call for applications specifies how and by when to apply, the number of places available on each programme, type of funding, and any other details for each individual study programme.
If your foreign degree has not already been recognised as equivalent to an Italian master’s level degree, you must attach supporting documentation to your application (i.e. bachelor’s degree certificate and academic transcript; master’s degree certificate and academic transcript; diploma supplement if applicable) so the authenticity and suitability of your studies can be verified. These official documents may be submitted in Italian, English, Spanish or French. Documents in any other language must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Graduand applicants: Current master’s degree students who expect to graduate by 31st October 2018 may also apply for PhD admission. If your application is successful, you will be made a conditional offer by the university. You will then need to submit your graduation certificate or a self-declaration to the PhD Office (email@example.com) by 31st October 2018, or you will lose your place on the programme.
Applicants with a foreign degree: Applicants with a master’s level degree conferred by a foreign university may be admitted to the selection process. If your application is successful, you will be made a conditional offer. If your master’s degree was conferred by a non-EU university, you will then need to provide a dichiarazione di valore in loco (attestation of equivalent value) to confirm the degree would allow you to enrol in a PhD in the country where it was issued. If the degree turns out to be insufficient or invalid, you will be not be admitted to the PhD programme. Further information about the attestation of equivalent value can be found on the CIMEA website.
PhD scholarships are exempt from income tax under Art. 4 of Law no. 476/1984 and Art. 6 of Law No. 398/1989. Scholarships are, however, subject to INPS social security contributions under the Gestione Separata (INPS Separate Management) category, pursuant to Art. 2, para. 26 of Law no. 335/1995 and subsequent amendments.
Scholarship receivers must register for “INPS Separate Management”.
Two-thirds of the INPS contribution is paid by the University and one-third is to be paid by the PhD student. From 1 January 2018, this is equal to 34.23%, reduced to 24% if the PhD student holds other compulsory social security coverage (EMPAM, ENPAV, etc.), or indirect pension or a widow’s pension.
Registration for "INPS Separate Management" can be made online at https://www.inps.it/NuovoportaleINPS/default.aspx?iiDServizio=2501 starting from the 1st October 2018.
Further information about INPS’s Gestione Separata can be found on the INPS web site at https://www.inps.it.
INPS's freephone number is 803.164. The service in multiple languages.
Al though scholarships are not subject to income tax for ISEE purposes, PhD scholarship recipients can apply for an annual statement of income, called the Certificazione Unica (CU or CUD). The CU/CUD can be viewed and downloaded from the UGOV platform at https://www.univr.u-gov.it link using your GIA login. The 2018 CU is currently available for the 2017 tax period.
Once you are offered a place on a PhD programme (with or without a scholarship), at the time of enrolment you will need to pay fees and contributions, the amount of which is set each year by university authorities.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, PhD fees and contributions are as follows:
Students with a scholarship make a single payment of €435.00, which comprises €250.00 for tuition fees, €169.00 for regional study tax contributions, and €16.00 for stamp duty using the virtual stamping system.
Students without a scholarship make a single payment of €185.00, which comprises €169.00 for regional study tax contributions and €16.00 for stamp duty using the virtual stamping system.
Second-year PhD students or above
At the end of each academic year, PhD students must be approved to continue to the next year of the programme (and to continue receiving their scholarship, if applicable), based on their progress and research results. After you have been approved, you will need to renew your enrolment and pay the fees for the following year by the deadline specified in the PhD Office’s email. The amount to be paid should be the same as your first year.
Other than students without a scholarship, the following types of students are exempt from paying tuition fees:
If you are a non-European citizen offered a place on a PhD programme, once you have paid your enrolment fees you should apply for a STUDY VISA, Type D (long duration, valid for stays longer than 90 days). The PhD Office will issue you a specific invitation letter with details about your PhD programme, its duration, and any scholarship amounts, if applicable. This invitation letter will be sent out by the PhD Office to both you and the Visa Office of the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where you reside.
Before applying for a study visa, we strongly recommend you first contact the Italian Embassy in your country, or the nearest Italian Consulate, to ask for information about the visa requirements of attending a three-year PhD programme in Italy.
For informational purposes, the documents that are typically required by the diplomatic authorities include:
If you are a non-European citizen accepted to a PhD programme and you already have a residence permit issued by an EU country, before applying for an Italian study visa please contact the PhD Office to check whether or not you need an entry visa to Italy.
Residence permit for non-EU citizens
According to current Italian laws, PhD students with non-European citizenship must apply for a residence permit for study purposes within eight working days of arriving in Italy. This is the only legal document that legitimises your stay in Italy and it is issued by the relevant office of the Questura di Verona. The residence permit is an identification card where your personal data, ID photo and fingerprints are stored in digital format. It has the same duration as your visa (normally 12 months) and currently costs approximately €120.
Therefore, upon arrival in Verona, please visit the PhD Office to complete your university enrolment and collect the documentation needed to legalise your stay in Italy.
For assistance, you can make an appointment with the PhD Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the International Students Union of Verona (email@example.com) for help with administrative procedures in relation to your stay in Verona. Once you have obtained your residence permit (usually around 3-5 months after applying for it), you must provide a copy to the PhD Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are an EU citizen and have resided in Italy for at least five years, you are entitled to apply for the Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente (Long-Term Residence Certificate) in the municipality where you reside. This gives you the right to enrol in the Italian National Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, or SSN) and means you can choose a long-term general practitioner or family doctor (medico di base/medico di famiglia) close to where you live in Italy.
If you do not meet the conditions to apply for the Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente, in order to benefit from health insurance coverage in Italy as an EU PhD student, you should request a E106, E109 or S1 form from the relevant health authority in your home country. Having one of these forms means you can enrol in the SSN once you have arrived in Italy, and you can select a family doctor for the period stated on the form.
If you do not meet the conditions above but you have an Italian Health Insurance Card (Tessera Sanitaria Europea, or TEAM) issued by the relevant health authority in your home country, you can access all the necessary medical services such as occasional visits to a family doctor/general practitioner and specialist outpatient services.
In absence of the TEAM card, EU PhD students can take out private health insurance, which must be valid for the entire duration of your PhD programme (3 years) and must cover all health risks, including maternity. This option does not allow you to enrol in the SSN or choose a local family doctor. Please note that private health insurance policies usually require you to pay for any medical costs upfront and then request reimbursement from the insurance company. It is therefore important to check the terms and limits of refunds carefully before purchasing a policy.
Alternatively, you can apply for voluntary enrolment in the SSN, providing a self-declaration that you are a PhD student, The fee is a flat rate of €149.77 valid for one calendar year (1st January–31st December). Voluntary enrolment in the SSN as an EU PhD student requires you to officially register your residency in the Italian municipality where you are staying.
Health insurance for non-EU PhD students
If you are non-EU citizen and PhD student, you may apply for voluntary enrolment in the Italian National Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, or SSN), which allows you to choose a general practitioner or family doctor (medico di base/medico di famiglia) near where you live. The annual fee is €149,77 and registration is valid for one calendar year (1st January–31st December). As a non-EU PhD student applying for the voluntary enrolment in the SSN, you are not required to be registered as a resident in Verona or any other Italian municipality.
Please note: Registration with the SSN is valid for one solar year, from 1st January to 31st December of the same year. It is not possible to register beforehand for the following year. Therefore, if you arrive in September to begin a PhD commencing on 1st October, you should consider this option with care, because even though you will have to pay the full annual fee, your registration will only be valid until 31st December. For the months not covered by the SSN, you could decide to take out private health insurance (either in your own country or in Italy) which must cover all health risks, including maternity. Private health insurance is not in any way associated with registering in the SSN, nor with choosing a local GP. It simply means your insurance company will reimburse you for any medical fees specified by your policy.
Private health insurance policy
If you decide to take out private health insurance, the policy must satisfy the following requirements:
If you take out private health insurance before leaving your country, the insurance policy must be in English or translated into Italian and legalised by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The cost of private health insurance is your responsibility.
To receive assistance when registering with the Italian National Health Service, or for further information about health insurance coverage in Italy, please contact the International Students Union of Verona (email@example.com).
What to do in case of Health Problems
For emergencies, you can call an ambulance dialling 118 (available 24h including Holydays).
If necessary you may also go to the Pronto Soccorso (Emergency Room):
Ospedale Civile Maggiore (Borgo Trento)
Ph: Pronto Soccorso 045 8122120
Address: Piazzale A. Stefani 1 – Verona
Ospedale Policlinico G.B. Rossi (Borgo Roma)
Ph: Pronto Soccorso 045 8124333
Address: Piazzale L.A. Scuro 10 - Verona
If you go to the Pronto Soccorso you will be asked whether you are in pain and its severity: on the basis of your answer you will be given a colour code (white, yellow, green, red, according to the seriousness of your problem). Treatment will be according to this order, not according to the time of your arrival.
General medical care
If you need medical care (for flu, a cold, etc.), you must go to your “MEDICO DI BASE” (general practitioner – GP or family doctor) and the visit will be free. Home visits are also free.
For specialist treatment (gynaecological, dentistry, etc.) you should go to your "Medico di Base" first. GP will write a prescription. You should then call the CUP (Centro Unico Prenotazioni) from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m in order to book an appointment with a specialist (Phone: 045 8121212).
Remember that for some specialist services, you must pay a “ticket” as a contribution to cover part of the costs. The ticket must also be paid by Italian citizens. You must pay before you see the specialist. Always take your stay permit with you and your Health Insurance Card.
For emergencies during the nights or on weekends call/go to the Guardia Medica (Continuing Care Service). Here the contact details:
Guardia Medica Distretto 1 - Verona Centro
Via Marconi n.27/a
Tel: 045 7614565
Guardia Medica Distretto 2 - Verona Sud
Via Rovigo n.2/B
Tel: 045 7614565
Guardia Medica Distretto 3 – Verona Est
c/o Ospedale di Marzana -
Piazzale Lambranzi (Marzana)
Tel: 045 7614565
Opening hours: from 8.00 pm to 8.00 am on Mondays to Fridays and from Saturdays at 10.00 am till Mondays at 8.00 am.
You are advised to call first to check that they are open.
Emergency contact numbers in Italy
112 - Carabinieri
113 - Police
115 - Firefighters
118 – Emergency/Ambulance
- Students enrolled in the final year of a Medical Postgraduate Specialisation run by the University of Verona are permitted to participate in PhD entrance examinations. Joint attendance is allowed ony if the winners result in the final year of the Postgraduate Specialisation in the Academic Year 2018/2019 (period of reference 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2019. When enrolling, the aforementioned students must provide, the following documentation: - Nulla osta (No impediment) signed by the Director of their Medical Postgraduate Specialisation programme, attesting that attending the two programmes is comnpatible and authorized by the Committee of the Medical Postgraduate Specialisation. - A signed declaration written by the student attesting his/her commitment to carry out the research activity as instruicted by the PhD Teaching Committee. Due to incompatibility between the remuneration for the Postgraduate Specialisation and the PhD scholarship, during the period of joint attendance, the student will not receive the latter.
- The I and II level University Master programmes imply a workload which is always longer than 1500 hours and 60 credits,therefore their attendance is not allowed while you are registered at a Ph.D. programme.
- It is allowed to be simultaneously enrolled in a Ph.D. programme and in a specialization course only if the latter implies a workload of less than 1500 hours for a total of 60 credits.
- Yes. Students who are already enrolled in a PhD programme at the University of Verona may, if they pass the relevant entrance exams and are successfully graded in the merit ranking, change to a different PhD programme. Students who change PhDs must renounce their previous PhD programme and begin again from the first year of the new programme only if that programme offers a place without a scholaship.
- Candidates already in possession of a PhD cannot be admitted to the entrance exams of any programme with similar research topics to those of their PhD. Those who have already benefited from a PhD scholarship, regardless of the place and year, cannot receive a second one. They will be able to enroll in the programme only if positions without scholarship are available.
- Art. 12 paragraph 2 of the Ministerial Decree nr. 45/2013 establishes that “students admitted in a Doctorate must attend courses and continuously conduct study and research on a full-time basis”; anyway students, upon authorization of the Teaching Committee, can carry out work or maintain the previous one, on the condition that it does not compromise their participation in the overall activities of the PhD programme. The "Request of authorization" is available on the Graduate School web page and it must be delivered to the secretariat of Graduate School of reference, who will submit it to the competent Teaching Committee for approval.
- It is not possible to be simultaneously enrolled in more than one study programme, in Italy or abroad, that leads to the awarding pf a degree (e.g. Bachelor, Masters or Postgraduate Specialization, Short Masters level I or II, or PhD). If enrolment in more than one programme is ascertained, the PhD enrolment shall be invalidated by order of the rector and any scholarship payments shall be recovered.
- Should a student renounce his/her place after the beginning of the programme activities:
- Within the first three months of the first year, the place left free will be reassigned to the first eligible student.Once received the communication of renounce, the PhD Office will contact by e-mail the student in order to communicate the availability of a place.
- PhD students can access to the on-line services of the University through the GIA credentials which are issued by the technical staff of the Department of reference. (For further information PhD students can contact the Graduate School secretariat). Within a month of their enrolment, PhD students must apply for their institutional e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org considering that all communications sent by Verona University offices will be addressed to the institutional e-mail.
- Yes, scholarships have an annual duration and are renewed on the condition that the PhD student has completed all the activities intended for that year, as attested by the Teaching Committee. If the student has fulfilled the expected academic obligations, the scholarship must be administrated.
- PhD scholarships cannot be accumulated with other scholarships, except those granted by national or foreign institutions that allow the student to conduct PhD research abroad and scholarships for further study abroad in accordance with Law 398/989.
- ThePhD scholarship is not compatible with the Research Grants (Assegni di Ricerca), in this case the PhD students have to choose if: - Keeping the Research Grant and renouncing to the three years PhD scholarship; - Keeping the PhD scholarship and renouncing to the Research Grant. In both cases the choice is definitive. In case you choose the Research Grant, this will be paied out until its term-time, unless it is renewed. The registration for the doctoral studies does not give the right to additional funds from the University.
- Yes, from the second year each PhD student must be guaranteed a research budget that is appropriate to his/her programme type and not less than 10% of the minimum annual amount of scholarship, equal to € 1.534,32 per year, reserved to support the student’s national and international mobility and the expenses related to his/her research activity.
- Public servants who are admitted to a PhD programme shall benefit form leave of absence for a period consisting of normal duration of the programme, as established by collective agreements. Employees in the public law regime are granted special leave for study purposes, compatible with the requirements of the administration, pursuant to Article 2 of law No. 476 of 13th August 1984 ad following changes, with or without a scholarship. Unless by explicit waiver, such leave applies only to those who are enrolling in a PhD programme for the first time, regardless of the field of study.
- During the year of joint attendance, a PhD student enrolled in the last year of a Medical School of Specialization, cannot receive both the PhD scholarship and the remuneration due as post-graduate student. During this period the PhD scholarship will not be supplied.
- The scholarship is compatible with the income from working activities; however it is necessary to acquire the authorization of the Teaching Committee in order to carry on this activity.
- If a PhD student intends to renounce the scholarship he/she must inform the PhD office by mail using the following address email@example.com, and specifying the exact date of his/her renunciation.
- The PhD student is university student enrolled in tertiary-level education programme who must attend PhD course and continuously conduct study and research in the intended structures according to the modalities determined by the Teaching Committee and the Verona University PhD Regulations.
- Upon their first enrolment in the programme, PhD students shall be given a student ID number and a student ID card that must be returned upon the conferral of the PhD degree.
- Yes. Medical PhD students may participate in assistential clinical activities if their research project so requires and if is justified and authorized by the Teaching Committee. After the 3rd year of the PhD programme, this limitation is abrogated.
- Yes. As part of their programme, PhD students may teach Bachelor and Masters students (e.g. practice exercises, seminars or laboratory assistance) up to a maximum of 40 hours each academic year, provided they have authorization from the Teaching Committee and that this does not increase the amount of their scholarship. After the 3rd year of the PhD programme, this limitation is abrogated.