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Ph.D. Call for Applications 2013



Contacts:

phdapplications@imtlucca.it
tel: +39 0583 4326 745
Office hours: Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00
Friday
9:00 - 12:00

Download the full call (only in Italian).

The Doctoral program is divided into four tracks:
Computer, Decision, and Systems Science (CDSS)

Director: Rocco De Nicola
The Track in Computer, Decision, and Systems Science (CDSS) aims to equip researchers and professionals with a wide knowledge of the theoretical foundations of computer science, informatics and system analysis applicable to a large variety of real-life problems of industrial, managerial, economic, and societal interest. Such elements include control systems, management science, optimal decision making and numerical optimization, image analysis and pattern recognition. The objective of the program is to provide Ph.D. candidates with the necessary scientific competence to master the theoretical aspects of the discipline, to propose original research ideas, and to develop numerical algorithms, managerial solutions and software tools for applying the new concepts to practical applications. The Track in Computer, Decision, and Systems Science is organized into four main curricula:
  • Computer Science
  • Control Systems
  • Image Analysis
  • Management Science
Economics

Director: Fabio Pammolli
The Track in Economics trains researchers, professionals and experts in political economy, applied public economics, industrial economics, with a focus on comparative institutional analysis, on the empirical analysis of real and financial markets, on macroeconomic policy. With its theoretical, quantitative and institutional approach, the program meets the increasing demand for highly qualified professionals, too analyze, plan, and manage concrete applications of political economy.
Management and Development of Cultural Heritage

Director: Maria Luisa Catoni
 
The program aims at providing prospective professionals operating in the field of management of culture and cultural heritage with specific know-hows.
It also promotes research offering the students a lively contact with different research approaches and methodologies applied in the research fields related to cultural heritage and art history.
Political History

Director: Giovanni Orsina
 
The Track in Political History aims to provide students with the most advanced and update-to-date theoretical and methodological instruments for the historical study of nineteenth and twentieth century politics, policies, political institutions and political ideas. The program aims in particular at bridging two divides: that between the theoretical approach of social scientists (political scientists and theorists, economists and anthropologists, global) and the idiographic approach of historians; and that between national and non-national (international, cross-national, transnational) political histories. By focusing on the theoretical competences necessary to understand political history, the core courses will aim especially at overcoming the first divide. By comparing national experiences, focusing on transnational phenomena and analyzing the interplay between national and supra-national arenas, the core seminars will especially aim at overcoming the second divide.
Duration: 3 years

Language: Courses and seminars are held in English. Foreign Ph.D. students are required to attend an Italian Language and Culture Course.

Classes starts in February 2013.

 Scholarships and Facilities  

  • 36 Ph.D. positions are covered by scholarships in the gross amount of 13,638.47€ /year (≅ 12,378.30 €/year net).
  • A limited number of additional positions without scholarships may also be offered.
  • Ph.D. students have tuition fees waived.
  • Ph.D. students who are granted a scholarship have free accommodation in shared double rooms in the School residence halls (with the exception of students whose permanent residence is within 30km of IMT).
  • Ph.D. students have free access to the canteen services.
  • Ph.D. students are covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while they carrying out their Ph.D. activities.
For more information please visit the Scholarships, Fees and Services page.

  Requirements  

Applications are open to candidates who meet the below requirements, without regard to religion, nationality, age or gender.
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory.
  • The candidate must have completed and obtained a degree equivalent to at least 4 years of university studies
Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants
- "Laurea Magistrale" (or "Specialistica"), according to DM n. 509, of November 3, 1999

- Four- or five-year degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system
Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee.
For admission the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to 4 years (full time).
If admitted, foreign degree holders are required to hand in a "Dichiarazione di valore"*. This document is not required to apply (see documents for enrollment).
Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than December 31st, 2012. may apply (Italian or foreign degree according to the previous descriptions). Graduating applicants will be conditionally accepted and must email a copy of their their degree certificate or a declaration including a full list of exams with marks obtained to phdapplications@imtlucca.it or imtlucca@postecert.it or via fax +39 0583 4326 565 by January 10th, 2013.

  Application  

Applicants must fill out the online application form and attach the required documents before September 27, 2012 at 18:00 (Italian time).
Application guidelines: this documents provides guidance on filling out the different sections of the application form; please read it carefully.

1. In order to apply, applicants must first submit their personal data.
Applicants will then receive a confirmation e-mail containing a password and basic instructions for the submission procedure.

2. Application Procedure
The first time applicants access their account, they will be requested to choose the Track(s) and the Curriculum(a) (if applicable) to which they wish to apply.

For those applying to more than one Track and/or Curriculum, basic personal information will remain the same in all individual applications. The Education information can be changed from application to application. Applicants will be free to switch from one application to another as they wish, but will not be allowed to submit more than one application to the same Track and/or Curriculum or to register more than once with different e-mail addresses and/or different names.

In order to submit the application form, applicants must insert all the mandatory data and attachments as listed below.

While not mandatory, information and attachments marked Optional is most welcome, as it allows the Admissions Committee to evaluate candidates comprehensively.

Data
The track(s) or curriculum(a) to which the applicant is applying Compulsory  
Personal Data Compulsory  
English language proficiency Compulsory  
Education Compulsory Applicants must have completed and obtained a degree equivalent to at least 4 years of university studies
Coursework Compulsory Applicants must list the classes they have completed in the course of their degree(s) that they consider most relevant to their application. They are required to indicate title and grade of 20 courses/exams taken during bachelors and/or masters programs
Additional qualification(s) Optional  
Publications Optional Applicants can indicate published articles, books or any material that can be considered relevant for PhD and research activity.
Referees Optional Applicants may provide the names and contact information of two referees who are willing to submit a reference letter in respect of the applicant through our online application system. How the online reference process works:
  • Insert the name and contact information of each referee.
  • Once the referee's information is saved and the application submitted, an email will be sent to the referees with an access code and instructions on how to upload or opt out from providing reference.
  • When the referee submits the form to our office it will become a part of applicant's application.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IMT does not notify applicants in the event that referees fail to provide a reference. Applicants will be able to verify the status of the references on the "Summary" page, but are not granted access to any references provided.
Additional information Optional
Candidates have to select at least one option in the third section
  • the interview
  • any physical disabilities
  • how applicants found out about IMT


Attachment

The selection committee will accept attachments in Italian or English language only.
National Identity Card or Passport: For Italians and EU Citizens is accepted the National Identity card but for Extra-EU applicants is highly recommended to upload the Passport. In particular the pages containing the applicant's photograph, personal data, passport number, place and date of issue. No other document will be accepted. Compulsory. In particular of the pages containing the applicant's photograph, personal data, passport number, place and date of issue. No other identity document will be accepted.
Curriculum vitae et studiorum Compulsory (in Italian or English)
Degree Certificates (Bachelor / Master):
  • for applicants with a Degree(1): a self-declaration or a certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and final grade;
  • for applicants who expect to complete their degree by the 31st of December 2012: certificate or self-declaration indicating examinations taken and grades obtained.
The certificate is required to enable the Selection Committee to declare equivalence for the sole purpose of admission to this Call. If the certificate is not in Italian or in English, the applicant should also submit a translation into English or Italian.
Compulsory
Academic transcript: an official document which states your course, subjects and results, completion date, graduation date and is signed. If the certificate is not in Italian or in English, the applicant should also submit a translation into English or Italiana.
Diploma Supplement: a detailed transcript of student attainment that is appended to the certificate of attainment of the qualification
Optional
Dichiarazione di valore: translation and legal certification by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, reporting the list of all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant, according to the relevant legislation. In case of admission this document will be requested for enrollment. Optional
Research Statement (maximum 10,000 characters) highlighting the applicant's ability to formulate an original and coherent research proposal and his or her prevalent research interests. Optional
(1)
      Citizenship
    Phase Italian EU (not Italian) EXTRA EU - Legally residing in Italy EXTRA EU - NOT legally residing in Italy
Degree Italian Application Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Certificate declaring the possesion of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade
Registration - - - -
EU (not Italian) Application Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Self declaration declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade(*) Certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade
Registration Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**)
EXTRA EU Application Certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade Certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade Certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade Certificate declaring the possession of a degree, conferral date, issuing University and, final grade
Registration Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**) Dichiarazione di valore (**)
(*) according to the Presidential Decree artt.3, 46 n 445 of 28.12.2000
(**) see details

3. Submission
Prior to final submission, applicants will have the possibility to modify and save the inserted information whenever they wish.

We strongly recommend applicants review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data after the deadline. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted.

Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure.

Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the event of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enrol in the Ph.D. Program at IMT.

  Selection procedure  

The Selection Committee will decide criteria for score assignment and minimum eligibility scores before the selection procedure.

The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases:
  • Assessment of all the applications admitted through the online form: The short-list of candidates admitted to the interview will be published on the web site and on Online Notice Board of IMT on October 30th, 2012
  • Interview: Once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency. The interviews will take place from November 12th to November 16th, 2012.
Candidates admitted to the interview must confirm their participation by email to phdapplications@imtlucca.it within 48 hours of publication of the shortlist.
The interviews will be conducted as follows:
  • Candidates living in Italy at the time of the interview:
    The interview will take place at IMT and candidates will be provided with free accommodation (travel expenses are not covered).
  • Candidates living abroad at the time of the interview
    • Candidates may request that the interview be conducted via videoconference or through any other procedure allowing visual contact with the candidates and viewing of their identity document (candidates must show identification before the interview begins).
    • In the event that candidates do not have videoconferencing facilities at their disposal, they may go to an Italian Embassy/Consulate for identification verification.

  Admission  

General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the School's Online Notice Board and on this webpage.

The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the Ph.D. Program.

In the event that the number of suitable candidates exceeds the number of scholarships available, a limited number of places in the program may be offered without scholarship.

Candidates who apply for more than one Track and/or Curriculum are eligible to be admitted to the ranking of one Track and/or Curriculum only.

In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, he or she shall replace by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking.

  Enrollment  

Once admitted to the Ph.D. program, candidates who wish to enrol must download the enrollment form from IMT website, fill it in, and submit it in person or by post submit it in person, by post to IMT Lucca, Piazza San Ponziano 6 - 55100 Lucca - Italy, by email to mailto:imtlucca@postecert.it or by fax (+39 0583 4326565) within 10 days from the notification of the results on the School's Online Notice Board and on this website.

Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program.

Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at IMT (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure.

In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit their place in the program.

Dichiarazione di Valore The "Dichiarazione di Valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the "Dichiarazione di Valore"; as such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process.

  Additional Documentation and Entry Visa  

All information concerning foreign degrees and Entry Visas is available on the dedicated Facilities page. IMT offers assistance concerning entry visa procedures. For further information, also check the website of the Italian Embassies and Consulates.

For further information, please contact
phdapplications@imtlucca.it
t+39 0583 4326745