PhD Scholarships at the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan

Deadline: 29 November, 2013
Open to: students with background in Economic Sociology, Labor Studies, Political Studies, Sociology and Methodology of Social Research
Scholarships: approx 13.500 euro per year, renewable for up to three years.


The Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan is accepting applications for admission to the Ph.D. Programmes in:

  • Economic Sociology and Labour Studies (12 scholarship position)
  • Political Studies (15 scholarship position)
  • Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (10 scholarship position)

The School offers a total of 37 Ph.D. positions covered by scholarships. Full information on how to submit applications will be provided by the Call for Application (which will be issued between the end of October and the beginning of November 2013). The application deadline is the 29th November 2013.

From the Academic Year 2013-2014, the Graduate School hosts the NASP-WEST project (Network for the Advancement in Social and Political Studies) which involves a network of universities in Northern Italy: Brescia, Università Cattolica, Genova, Milano, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale and Torino.

Economic Sociology and Labour Studies

The mission of the programme is to give students both a strong disciplinary focus (in sociology, labour law, management and organizational behaviour, psychology of work) and a substantive attention to socio-economic behaviour and processes, in particular  from the point of view of labour and organizations. Six broad areas of specialization are offered. Each student will choose the one who best suits her research interests and use it as a starting point for her research project. Of course trespassing and contamination are allowed and encouraged.

  • Social institutions and the economy
  • Labour studies
  • Complex organizations
  • Economic behaviour and social interaction
  • Local development and global society
  • Occupations, education and social stratification

Political Studies

The aim of the doctoral Programme is to train highly-skilled professionals who can undertake research within academic institutions, think tanks and research centers, as well as provide consultancy for political, economic, public or private organizations at the national and international levels.

The Ph.D. in Political Studies offers a two-level training program. First, the acquisition of a common background on the most up-to-date knowledge and methods in the field of political science and political philosophy. Second, a more personalized training subdivided in four main paths of specialization, and the possibility to experiment cross-curricular paths linking together traditionally unrelated disciplines.

These four main paths are:

  • Institutions and Public Policy
  • International Studies
  • Public Opinion, Political Communication and Political Behaviour
  • Political Theory

Sociology and Methodology of Social Research

The aim of the programme is to provide structured training in theoretically-guided empirical research across a wide range of sociological fields and to introduce students to current international debates in both qualitative and quantitative social research. Graduates from the programme ill be able to compete successfully for positions as researchers (in public and private universities and research centres), skilled professionals and consultants in sociology to public agencies and international organizations and institutions in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

Research areas covered by the Ph.D. Programme now include:

  • Inequality and social stratification
  • Politics and society
  • Cultural processes
  • Research on local development

All courses are taught in English for all of the Ph.D. Programmes, while the dissertation might be written in English as well as in Italian, depending on the topic and on the supervisor’s judgement.

For more information on the call for application please visit the official webpage.

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