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Scholarships for International PhD Programme in Criminology at Catholic University in Italy, 2019

The Catholic University is delighted to offer scholarships to study international Ph.D. program in Criminology. International students are eligible to apply for this free study.

The Ph.D. aims to train professionals able to meet traditional and emerging standards of excellence in the criminological sector. This goal is achieved through a specific program that combines training, research, and teaching.

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Founded in Milan in 1921 by Father Agostino Gemelli, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart is the most important Catholic University in Europe  and, in the face of growing international openness, it is also the only Italian university that can boast a national dimension with its five Campus: Milan, Piacenza, Cremona, Brescia and Rome, where the “A. Gemini”.

Applications Deadline: All year round


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Ph.D. candidates will attend Master courses aimed at completing and strengthening the candidates’ background (1st-year candidates).
  • These are available to pursue the Ph.D. program.
  • These are awarded in the field of Criminology.
  • International students are eligible to apply for this education.
  • The necessary course work to be carried out is defined upon admission to the Programme. Course work is defined in accordance with each candidate’s curriculum.
  • Master courses will include a final examination. Additionally, Ph.D. candidates will prepare a paper (in English) on a topic agreed upon with the Professor of the course(s). Graduate courses may include:
  • Statistics and advanced statistics
  • Criminal law and procedure (Italian and comparative)
  • The methodology of criminological research
  • Criminology and Applied Criminology

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The call for applications is available in English and Italian at the webpage of the PhD Office. Candidates must fill the application form.
  • Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.


  • In line with what was decreed by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the amount will be € 15.343,28 gross per year.
  • Ph.D. students enrolled in the second and third year will receive a monthly net fee of € 200 calculated on each month of collaboration with the Transcrime center.
  • This additional amount will be recalculated if the amount established by law were to change.
  • The program will be increased by 50% during periods abroad. Starting in the second year, candidates will have a research expenditure budget equal to 10% of the free study.
  • To promote the internationalization of the doctorate, the winning candidates residing abroad can receive up to € 5,000 for documented travel and accommodation expenses incurred during the first year of the doctorate for the transfer to Milan.

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