Institutions, Markets and Technologies PhD at Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline: 29 June 2015 at 6:00 pm (CEST)
Open to: candidates without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion
Scholarship: €13,638.47 per year, accommodation, health insurance and meals provided


Based on the strong interdisciplinary nature of the Institute, which integrates competences in economics, engineering, computer science, physics, history and cultural heritage, IMT’s doctoral programme offers advanced training for the analysis and management of a variety of technological and societal systems. More specifically, the program encompasses the four scientific macro-areas present at IMT: Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Economics and Management, and Cultural Heritage, and is articulated in 3 field-specific, yet complementary, curricula:

  • Computer Science and Systems Engineering (CSSE);
  • Economics, Management and Data Science (EMDS);
  • Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH).

Each curriculum is affiliated with one or more macro-areas and is linked with one of the Institute’s Research Units. The structure of the program therefore perfectly reflects IMT’s multidisciplinary organization model, which places the integration of research and teaching at the fulcrum of its mission.

The PhD programme lasts 3 years whereas the courses are expected to begin on 2 November 2015.


Admission to IMT’s PhD program is competitive on an international level, with evaluation mainly focusing on past academic performance (grades) and scientific relevance to the selected curricula. First and foremost, however, certain basic formal requirements must be met before candidates are eligible to apply. Namely, applicants must have completed and obtained a degree equivalent to at least 4 years of university studies. (Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor’s degree is awarded before they enroll at IMT.)

Applications are open to candidates without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion. Proficiency in English is compulsory as research and teaching are conducted in English. No knowledge of Italian is requested.


34 Ph.D. positions are covered by scholarships in the gross amount of 13,638.47€ /year.

  • All Ph.D. students will have tuition fees waived (regional tax of around 140€/year excluded);
  • 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 a 30km radius from IMT);
  • All Ph.D. students will have free access to the canteen services;
  • All Ph.D. students are covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their Ph.D. activities.

The number of scholarships may be increased as a result of additional funding made available by public or private organizations after the publication of the call and within the deadline for submission of applications (in this case notice will be given on IMT’s website and Online Notice Board).


Applicants must fill out the online application form in English and attach the required documents by 29 June 2015 at 6:00 pm (CEST), under penalty of exclusion from the competition.

Applications submitted by means other than the online procedure will not be accepted, unless explicitly permitted by IMT following a well-motivated request concerning technical impediments. 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.

The first time applicants access their account, they will be requested to choose the curriculum/curricula for which they wish to apply.

Although not mandatory, information and attachments marked as Optional are most welcome, as they enable the Admissions Committee to evaluate candidates comprehensively.

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 enroll in the Ph.D. Program at IMT.

Applicants have to provide the names and contact information (e-mail and telephone number) of two referees. The first referee must agree to submit a reference letter in English, through IMT’s online application system, by 31 August 2015. The referee will receive an automatic notification from IMT’s application system. 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 reference provided.

All the details on the documents need for the application, as well as the selection criteria, are available HERE.

Check the official web-page.

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