An open, transparent, and merit-based selection, fully aligned with the Charter & Code policies
for researchers’ recruitment, is guaranteed as to appoint the best candidates.

The evaluation process comprises four main steps and lasts approximately 16 weeks.

Step 0

All the information about the submission of applications and the required documents is available in the Call for applications (Call deadline: 31 January 2023) and the Guide for Applicants.

Step 1


The eligibility check will be carried out by the UNIPhD Technical Committee at the University of Padua. If needed, the Committee may ask applicants for additional information or clarifications. Results of the eligibility check will be anonymously published on the UNIPhD website as soon as the process is concluded, and applicants will be notified by email about the publication of results. A pass/fail-evaluation will be applied for on two criteria: admissibility of proposals and eligibility of candidates.

Step 2


A Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC) will be established for each of the 25 PhD Courses involved in UNIPhD. The candidates' CV and research proposal will be assessed. Applicants admitted to Step 3 will be invited for an interview by email. Applicants who do not pass will be duly informed on the outcome of Step 2 of the evaluation.

Step 3


All interviews will be conducted by the Scientific Evaluation Committee of each PhD Course, plus 2 additional members: 1 representative of the non-academic sector and 1 motivational expert. Each interview will be conducted remotely and last approximately 30 minutes. The applicant will be informed well in advance about technical requirements needed for the interview. The Interview aims to evaluate the Excellence of the candidate.

Step 4


For each PhD position, a merit-based ranking is determined by weighing the scores for the evaluation of CV (30%), project (30%) and interview (40%). 11 PhD fellowships (1 for each research topic) will be awarded. All applicants selected for Step 3 will be duly informed of results, and individual feedbacks on the outcome of the evaluation will be sent to each applicant on whether their proposal was funded. The ranking lists will be published on this webpage.