For each Ph.D. programme a certain number of scholarships is available. The exact number of scholarships available for each Ph.D. programme is indicated in the relevant Selection call. Starting from January 1st, 2018 (ministerial decree n. 40 of January 25th, 2018) the yearly gross amount of the Ph.D. scholarship is €15.343,28 including the social security contributions borne by the recipient). The scholarship is not subject to the Personal Income Tax (law 476/84 art.4; law 398/89 art.6, subparagraph 6).
The scholarship lasts for the whole duration of the Ph.D. programme (3 years).
The scholarship starts with the beginning of the teaching activities (November 1st) and is paid in postponed monthly instalments.
N.B. the payment of the scholarship during the first year is conditioned upon the correct completion of the administrative procedures requested for the scholarship activation. The instalment of November will be paid together with the one of December.
Scholarships are confirmed yearly based on the Board of Lecturers decision about Ph.D. students’ admission to the following year.
Since January 1st, 1999 such scholarships are subject to the separately managed INPS contribution as foreseen in art. 2, subparagraph 26 of law 335/95 and subsequent changes and integrations. The INPS contribution is paid for 2/3 by the Administration and for 1/3 by the recipient.
Research Periods Abroad
The academic training of a Ph.D. student may also include research periods abroad. During such periods, which in total cannot exceed half of the whole duration of the Ph.D. programme i.e. 18 months, the amount of the scholarship is subject to a 50% increase, which is also subject to the INPS contribution.
As foreseen by Ministerial Decree 45/2013, starting from the second year each Ph.D. student (with and without scholarship) is granted a research budget aimed at covering the costs related to the research activities carried out in Italy and abroad. The research budget cannot be lower than 10% of the amount of the scholarship. The budget is managed by the Administrative Department of the Ph.D. Programme.
Ph.D. students who do not benefit from a Ph.D. scholarship and who meet certain income and merit requirements can apply for an ERDIS scholarship.
For more details regarding such scholarships and to consult the relevant call, please see the website of the Regional Body for the Right to Education.