Siena PhD in ECONOMICS - 2009
The University of Siena invites applications for the Graduate Program in
Economics. The University and the city offer a unique environment for
study and research in Europe.
A maximum of 16 students will be admitted. The 8 most qualified
candidates will be awarded a four-year scholarship of about €10,500
($16,500) per year, after tax, for a total of about $42,000 ($67,000),
plus tuition remission. A limited number of students can take advantage
of lodging offered by the University of Siena in the Post-Graduate
College "S. Chiara" (http://www.unisi.it/santachiara/homeEn.html) sited
in the historical centre of Siena.
The Graduate Program.
The goal of the program is to train professional economists. Former
students hold positions as economists in the academia, in consulting
businesses, and in national and internationals economic institutions,
such as central banks and regulators.
The first two years of the Program are devoted to full-time courses. All
of these are taught in English, the official language of the Program.
After fundamental training in Mathematics, Microeconomics,
Macroeconomics and Econometrics, a full menu of specialized courses is
offered. Students are exposed to different theoretical and
methodological points of view, in order to be able to explore the
frontier of economics in an original way. Students are also required to
participate in research activities, such as economics seminars and
workshops. Admission to the second year is conditioned on the results of
all first year final exams. Starting from the second year, students will
develop their own research, under the supervision of a faculty member.
While working at their dissertation, students are encouraged to
undertake periods of research in foreign academic institutions. In this
case the scholarship is increased by 50%. The doctorate is awarded after
discussion of an original piece of scientific work (which can be written
in Italian or in English). For further information about the Program,
please visit http://www.econ-pol.unisi.it/dottorato/
Applicants must hold, or obtain by September 30 2009, an Italian "laurea
specialistica" or a "4-years laurea" or equivalent 4-5 years foreign
degree. There are no limitations on the nationality of candidates.
Prospective students are required to apply using the on-line procedure
at the following website:
The deadline for application is June 22, 2009. In addition to the
on-line application, the following documentation is required (either in
Italian of in English):
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Academic transcripts. These must contain a full list of courses taken
and grades obtained.
3. Two letters of reference, in sealed envelopes. These must assess the
student's aptitudes towards research, competence, scientific potential
and maturity, in comparative terms.
4. A research statement, not exceeding 1000 words.
5. (OPTIONAL) A short scientific essay, not longer than 5000 words,
resulting from independent research by the candidate.
All required documentation must be sent by June 22, 2009 to the
Ufficio Formazione e Post-Laurea
DOTTORATO IN ECONOMIA POLITICA
c/o Collegio Santa Chiara
Via Valdimontone n. 1
53100 Siena, Italy.
Selection of Students.
The selection of candidates will be based on an evaluation of their
aptitude and competence to research. To this purpose, the examination
commission might ask some of the candidates to sit for a written exam
and an interview, to be held in Siena in the late-Spring or early-Summer
of 2009; in this case, the candidates will be notified by email a couple
of weeks before (however, the University cannot be held responsible for
failed communications due to the candidate supplying late or incorrect
information regarding his/her address). The exams will be in Italian or
in English. The University reserves the right to exclude from the
selection process, at any time, candidates who do not meet the admission
For further information, please contact the secretariat of the graduate
program: Francesca Fabbri, fabbri16 @ unisi.it
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