Selection announcement

“UNIPhD – Eight century legacy of multidisciplinary research and training for the next-generation talents” is a MSCA-COFUND Doctoral Programme at the University of Padua offering 50 fellowships (36-month long) to transnational Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) choosing to come to Italy to pursue their PhD studies, in all scientific areas.

Closed Calls

Two calls have been launched, one for the academic year 2022/2023 and one for the academic year 2023/2024.

More information on eligibility criteria, application procedure and recruitment conditions can be found in the UNIPhD Call for applications. Annex 1 – UNIPhD Doctoral Courses & Research topics gives an overview on the PhD Courses and Research topics available.


  • Applications are submitted exclusively online through the dedicated PICA platform. Before submitting it, the applicant must read carefully the Guide for Applicants published on this page
  • It is mandatory to use the CV and Project proposal templates available on this page
  • Applicants are requested to identify and contact their potential Supervisor at the University of Padua and ask for support in preparing their research proposal and choosing the secondment options that best fit their research idea.
Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.
Albert Szent-Györgyi
The University of Padua

The University of Padua (Unipd) pursues excellence in research and teaching. Since its foundation in 1222, Unipd has delivered outstanding educational outcomes, capitalising on its tradition of discovery, collaboration, international cooperation, and its commitment to scientific excellence.

With its historical background and over 60,000 students, the University has a strong connection to the city of Padua, that is a vibrant and welcoming student hub.

Unipd ranks at the top of Italian Universities (see the national rankings and international rankings) 

Unipd is dedicated to follow the European roadmap on doctoral education and to pave the way to a new, ambitious approach to doctoral education, in line with the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training.

The MSCA-COFUND – Doctoral Programme scheme helps Unipd to ensure the highest standards of doctoral training and to identify, implement, share, and promote the best practices throughout all its Doctoral Courses.