The Doctoral Program in Analysis of Social and Economic Processes (ASEP) of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) is offering six fully funded PhD student positions, starting from November 1, 2019.
The ASEP Doctoral Program welcomes applications for admission from highly motivated candidates with a solid social science background and a strong interest in empirical research. Candidates should hold an Italian laurea magistrale or any equivalent foreign degree. Candidates who expect to obtain the required degree by October 31, 2019 are also eligible to apply for admission; accepted candidates who fail to meet this requirement, however, will lose their right to admission. Candidates are expected to be fluent in spoken and written English, which is the official language of the ASEP Doctoral Program.
Admission follows a public selection procedure based on qualifications and an oral examination. The results of qualifications assessment will be published by July 17, 2019. The oral examination will take place in the week beginning July 22, 2019.
About the Program
The ASEP Doctoral Program is one of the two doctoral programs in the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca.
The ASEP Doctoral Program aims at training students for both scholarly and applied social research. Upon completion of the program, students will have the knowledge and skills required to design and carry out, in academic or non-academic settings, conceptually sound and methodologically rigorous empirical research on social and socio-economic phenomena.
The ASEP Doctoral Program takes three years to complete.
The first year is organized into two periods: the first (coursework period) is nine months long and devoted to coursework and the qualifying paper; the second (dissertation prospectus period) takes three months and is devoted to preparing the dissertation prospectus. The second and third years are completely dedicated to researching and
writing the doctoral dissertation.
The ASEP Doctoral Program has an international vocation. All activities are carried out in English, so that they are open to students from all countries. Moreover, students are required to spend 6 to 18 months abroad as part of their training and research.
The ASEP Doctoral Program is managed by an international Steering Committee chaired by the Director of the Program and comprised of faculty from the Universities of Milano-Bicocca, Barcelona Pompeu Fabra (Spain), California at Los Angeles (USA), Essex (UK), Manchester (UK), New York (USA), Oxford (UK). The members of the Steering Committee are a diverse group of scholars representing a wide range of disciplines, research interests, theoretical stances, and methodological approaches. Such variety of expertise provides students with a rich academic experience and a broad array of opportunities to pursue their research and career interests.
The Steering Committee of the ASEP Doctoral Program is composed of the following faculty: Maurizio Pisati (Director), Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti (Deputy Director), Delia Baldassarri, Ilenya Camozzi, Maurizio Catino, Alessandra Decataldo, Patrizia Farina, Carles Feixa Pàmpols, Ivana Fellini, Giovanna Fullin, Annette Jäckle, Tally Katz-Gerro, Carmen Leccardi, Omar Lizardo, Mario Lucchini, Gianmarco Navarini, Serafino Negrelli, Paolo Rossi, Emanuela Sala, Sonia Stefanizzi, Federico Varese.
All students admitted to the ASEP Doctoral Program receive a University scholarship of € 16,238.47 per year, gross of social security contributions.
The amount of the scholarship is increased by 50% for any period of study or research abroad of at least 30 consecutive days, for a maximum of 18 months. Also, during the second and third years of the program, students may apply for a University research allowance equal to 10% of the amount of the scholarship per year.
In addition to University funding, students can access special purpose grants provided by the Department of Sociology and Social Research. Specifically, students may apply for a yearly allowance of up to € 1,200 to cover travel expenses and conference fees, and a one-time allowance of up to € 2,000 to cover expenses related to summer school participation.
How to Apply
The deadline for applications is June 13, 2019, 12:00 pm (midday) Italian time:
To submit the application, candidates must follow these steps:
1. Registration with the University website (here): This allows candidates to receive a username and a password; those who already have the access credentials for the private area of Segreterie Studenti can skip this step.
2. Filling out the application: By using their personal credentials (username and password), candidates must login to the Online Student Registry – Segreterie Studenti (here), select “Admissions”, and follow the instructions.
3. Reference letters: During the application process, candidates are required to provide the e-mail address and telephone number of two reference teachers/experts. The reference teachers/experts will then receive an e-mail notification containing instructions on how to upload their reference letter, strictly by June 13, 2019. Candidates, in
turn, will be notified when the reference letters have been up-loaded.
The full call for applications can be found here:
For any question regarding the call for applications, please contact the Doctoral School Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on the ASEP Doctoral Program, please contact the Director of the Program, Prof. Maurizio Pisati, at email@example.com.