Admission procedures & resourses


Grants for PhD International students - New call: deadline June 17, 2016, 13:00 CEST

General information on Unipd Website:

Doctoral Degrees - PhD Programmes




Special programmes:

SCAVENGE European Training Network

14 open positions for early-stage-researchers (ESRs).

Positions are associated with the Sustainable Cellular Networks Harvesting Ambient Energy (SCAVENGE) European Training Network (ETN), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action under the grant agreement nº 675891. SCAVENGE aims to create a training network for early-stage researchers (ESRs) who will contribute to the design and implementation of eco-friendly and sustainable next-generation 5G networks and become leaders in the related scientific, technological, and industrial initiatives.

Three of these researchers will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Engineering (DEI) of the University of Padova. We are encouraging prospective PhD students with strong track records to apply. The PhD positions will be on mobile network optimization in the presence of renewable energy sources. Previous knowledge on communication networks and on theoretical subjects such as stochastic control and machine learning are particularly appreciated.
Successful applicants will be part of the SCAVENGE network, will have a unique opportunity of travelling and working across Europe and in the US in the top-level research labs and industrial facilities that are part of the SCAVENGE network.

Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Michele Rossi for further information about this call.

Further info
Pre-doctoral researchers will be part of SCAVENGE ETN, which includes research and training activities.
Each researcher will work mainly in one of the ESR individual projects as defined at the following link:

Application shall be done via the SCAVENGE website through the following link:

Applications should include a curriculum vitae including list of publications, a concise statement of research interests, and two letters of recommendation.

The call closes on May 31st, 2016.

SCAVENGE European Training Network offers 14 positions for early-stage-researchers (ESRs), 3 of which at DEI.


The University of Padova and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) have created a scholarship programme to enable talented Chinese students to undertake a PhD programme at Padova.
The scholarships build on Padova University’s existing relationship with China. It has, in fact, extensive research links with Chinese research institutions and Universities. This scheme provides Chinese students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential with the opportunity to study for a PhD at the University of Padova. They are supported jointly by the China Scholarship (on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of Education) and the University of Padova.


PhD Course in Information Engineering
Admission Procedure for Academic Year 2015/2016 (31th series)

 1. Preliminary information

The admission to the PhD Course at the University of Padua is obtained by passing a formal examination performed only one time each year. A single professor, including the PhD Director, has no possibility to accept a PhD student.
For the series 31, the PhD Course will begin on October 1
st, 2015. Enrollment (deadline expected at late September) will be possible only for the candidates who will win the formal competition.

Foreign students with a foreign Master degree have two different options to be enrolled as PhD students:

  1. The University of Padua opens a call reserved to foreign students (grants for foreign students). Information can be found on the official pages of the University of Padua at Ateneo web page. The number of fellowships is limited. The winners of this competition are admitted to the PhD Course they choose. Besides the regular fellowship they have also a full board benefit for three years. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: see Padova University main site at > students > research doctorates (approximately May-June each year). Application

  1. Foreign students could also participate to the regular call. For the PhD Course in Information Engineering the preliminary information is reported in the sections below. You will find the call for the 31th series on the official pages of the University of Padua at Ateneo web page. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: see Padova university main site at > students > research doctorates (the call opens approximately May and closes June each year). Application

2. Regular call: fellowships and available positions for the 31th series

Informations can be found on the official pages of the University of Padua (in italian) at Ateneo web page. Since the date of publication, the candidate has 30 days to submit his data to the PhD course. The call will be opened for the following positions:

A) Univ. Padova Fellowships: 13

C) Fellowship granted by external institutions: n. 7

D) Positions without financial support: n. 4

3. Admission procedure: further information

To admit candidates to the PhD Course in Information Engineering, an admission committee will assess the relative academic and scientific merits of the candidates. For the 31th series, the management committee of the PhD Course in Information Engineering strongly recommends the admission committee to use the following criteria and scores.

  1. Curriculum vitae et studiorum of the candidate written according to the template (*)

  2. Scientific Publications on Journal/Conferences/books (even for accepted publication with a letter of acceptance attached

  3. Average scores of the exams to get the Bachelor Degree and average scores of the exams to get the Master Degree

  4. Research program for the three years of the PhD Course according to template (*)

    (*) document templates are available at

NOTE: The presentation letter must be submitted by the referee through the online procedure.

Total maximum score is 100 points. Maximum score for item a) and b) is 6 and 4, respectively. The sum of the scores for items c) to h) cannot exceed 87. A minimum of 70 points is required to be inserted in the admission list.

For any of the items 1)-4), candidates must present the suitable documentation. As far as item 1) is concerned, candidates can attach any document (e.g. master degree thesis, grants, awards, …) they believe useful for the evaluation of the cv. Any non-documented award or declaration will be not taken into account.