The candidates will be selected by the Supervising Committee.

Applications from foreign students are accepted only for the Curriculum in European and International Studies and only in History, Cultural Studies, Law, Sociology, and Political Science.

Applications should be submitted exclusively online, filling the form (including the upload of the requested documents in “pdf” format) available on-line at the address:

Candidates are also requested to complete the application by uploading the following documents in .pdf format


  1. Candidates will have to upload:
  • (mandatory) a copy of their curriculum vitae et studiorum
  • (mandatory) a copy of their university (or equivalent) degree
  • (mandatory) a list of passed examinations
  • (mandatory) a copy of their final MA thesis (word or pdf)
  • An abstract of the final MA thesis (max. 1.500 words) (word or pdf)
  • (mandatory) a proposed research project with the indication of which Curriculum and which PhD Program they are applying to (min. 2.500 words). Please follow the instructions on how to compile a research project
  • (if any) additional documents (including GRE – Graduate Record Examination – test) that the candidate deems worthy of consideration, including associations to research institutions (pdf)
  • (if any) publication (pdf)

N.B. When preparing a research project, candidates should consider the following:

  • In the selection of the candidates, we emphasize their skills in planning their research project. Therefore, candidates are strongly requested to have a clear vision of the issues they want to address in their dissertation. In their research project, candidates should specify its core elements as precisely and consistently as possible (in no less than 2.500 words). This process involves: – selecting a research area with which the candidate is already familiar;
- discussing an appropriate methodology in order to properly analyze the selected issues;
- presenting a persuasive evaluation of the feasibility of the research project, considering both its scientific and practical aspects (e.g., which sources may or may not be readily accessible, etc.). Candidates should indicate as precisely as possible the available reference material they intend to use;
- adding a specific and selected bibliography showing the candidate’s familiarity with the most important international research trends on his/her topic.
  1. Candidates will have to specify:
    • the PhD Program in which they want to develop their research project, choosing among:
      • Africa
      • Central and Eastern Europe
      • Cultural Studies
      • European Studies
      • History of International Politics
      • History of Politics
      • International Economic History
      • International Law
      • Latin America
      • Migrations, Networks, Conflicts
      • Peace Studies
      • Political Science
      • Political Thought
      • United States of America


  1. Candidates will have to indicate online:
  • a person who knows them well and who will be able to write a reference letter for them (i.e. their MA thesis advisor, teacher, research project supervisor, etc.)
  • his/her name and his/her e-mail address

The Referee will be contacted by Roma Tre and invited to submit his/her reference directly to the Doctorate.


  1. Candidates will have to choose online:

This second referee will be contacted by Roma Tre and invited to submit his/her evaluation directly to the Doctorate. Should he or she be unable to submit an evaluation, the Doctorate will automatically select another referee.


The first test will be the exam of the candidates’ dossier, with these criteria:
• CV, additional documents and/or publications (points 0-2,5)
• Thesis (points 0-7,5)
• Reference letters (points 0-5)
• Research project (points 0-15)


The second test will be an interview of the selected candidates who will pass the initial screening. The interview can also be carried out through remote connection facilities, e.g. Skype. Candidates requiring this option must write well in advance to Prof. Leopoldo Nuti at candidates will be informed of the Skype address and of the interview date and time by e-mail.
In the interview the candidate will be asked to discuss his/her cultural and research background, as well as his/her research project, curriculum vitae et studiorum and MA thesis (and publications).
While a number of courses are thought in English, most are taught in Italian. A good command of both Italian and English, therefore, is strictly required. The linguistic skills of the candidates will be assessed during the oral interview

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