PhD Scholarships in Economics, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Italy

The Advanced School of Economics (in Italian: Scuola Superiore di Economia, or SSE for short) runs two doctoral programs: one in Economics and one in Business.

The Doctoral Program in Economics (DEC) and the Doctoral Program in Business (DEA) emanate from the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Management at the University of Venice. The School coordinates these two programs, that share several first-year courses and a common philosophy. Since 2008, the School has taken over over the activities of a third doctoral program in Economics and Organisation that used to be run as part of the School for Advanced Studies in Venice.

The School is based in Venice and offers only courses at a doctoral level. The official language is English. The current Director is Agar Brugiavini.

DEC: Application 2008
The deadline for applying to DEC is May 20, 2008. Notice of admission for DEC will be given by June 9, 2008. Classes start on September 1, 2008.

DEC will admit up to ten students, seven of which will be fully financed (including tuition fees and living stipend). One position in DEC will be preferentially assigned to students with an interest in Mathematical Methods for Economics. The School provides subsidized housing to all first-year students.

Admission is based on the evaluation of applicants’ curriculum, research interests, and reference letters. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a statement of purpose (covering research interests) and three letters of reference (one of which should also vouch for the candidate’s adequate knowledge of the English language). If available, any published work or working paper should also be included. Enclosing GRE and TOEFL results is highly recommended, but not (yet) required. Documentation should be submitted in English (preferably) or Italian language.

An application to DEC must abide by the statute of the “Bando” (Official Advert) as officially published online by the University of Venice. (This direct link may expire after May 20, 2008.) The official version of the Bando is available from the website of the University of Venice following the path Offerta Formativa -> Dottorato di Ricerca -> Scuola Superiore di Economia - SSE. You can also download a copy of the Bando using these links.

For more information about applications to DEC, please contact Marta Colombini (martacol@unive.it; tel.: +39-041-234-7963).