Doctoral degrees - PhD Programmes

For all information on the PhD Programme in Historical, Geographical, Anthropological Studies, visit the PHD course web site and the page on the university site.

The PhD Programme in Historical, Geographical, Anthropological Studies

The doctoral programme in Historical, Geographical, Anthropological Studies (University of Padova, University of Ca’ Foscari Venice, University of Verona) was introduced in 2011, and is among the first regional Ph.D. programmes in Italy. It aims at enhancing and coordinate the skills and areas of research developed in the three Universities of Padova, Ca’ Foscari Venice and Verona, extending the territorial scope and increasing the opportunities for dialogue and scholarly debate among teachers and doctoral students. This union emerges from the strong academic links of the three Universities at individual level, and from numerous joint activities (seminars, research, tutorials) established in the past in the three doctoral schools of Veneto in the disciplines of History, Geography, Anthropology and Historical Religious Studies.

The Course intends to be a landmark, at a national and international level, for the training of young researchers and of teachers in these disciplines. The presence, within the Course, of scientific areas such as history, physical and human geography and cultural anthropology aims at stimulating, in the research of doctoral students, the learning and mastering of specific methodologies and the habit of posing open questions about the potential for cross-links both among the disciplines related to humanities research, and between the humanities and the hard-sciences. The Course can assure the doctoral students of a complete training which, each institution, would find it difficult to offer independently. Each candidate who is successful in the final examination will be awarded the title of Philosophy Doctor, and the diploma shall be awarded jointly by the Rectors of the three Universities.

The Programme foresees the following areas of study:
- Historical Studies
- Geographical Studies
- Historical and Religious Studies and Antropology

Universities and Partner Departments

Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche, Geografiche e dell’Antichità, Università di Padova

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia  

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dipartimento Culture e Civiltà, Università di Verona


Duration, admission and scholarships

Students are expected to complete their work within 3 years. An extention may be granted is the case the writing of the dissertation needs additional work. Admission is made on a competitive basis and is open to persons of all ages and citizenship who have either an Italian Diploma di Laurea (vecchio ordinamento) or Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale (nuovo ordinamento), awarded in Italy, or an academic qualification of equivalent level awarded by a foreign university and recognized by academic authorities, or by an interuniversity agreement of cooperation and mobility. Competitions are held annually, with details being published within the Summer of each year. 

Most available positions are supported by scholarships from the University of Padova, the University of Ca’ Foscari Venice and the University of Verona or from other institutions (awarded on the basis of qualifications only). Special additional grants for non-Italian students (awarded on the basis of qualifications only) are awarded by the CARIPARO Foundation. These grants include all University and Department fees, full board at University accommodation facilities and provide an additional personal scholarship of 13,638 Euros per year for a total of 3 years.

The call for applications is available here.
For any additional information, please contact


PHD Office

Elisabetta Traniello
Palazzo Jonoch Gulinelli, ground floor
Via del Vescovado, 30 - 35141 Padova, Italy
Tel. +39 049 827 8520