Deadline for application: June 27, 2024 - h. 14.00 (Italy's Time Zone)



Instructions on how to apply to one of the NASP PhD programmes


Here follows a short summary of the application procedure to ESOL, POLS, and SOMET Ph.D. programmes (courses starting in October).

Please note applicants are expected to submit a research project they have autonomously written and they are not expected to get in touch with prospective supervisors prior to admission.
The project can be drafted using the model provided in the call for applications, which can also be downloaded here.

Candidates will be assessed by a board of examiners and then, if admitted, they will be assigned to supervisors.

The research project submitted upon admission will be further elaborated with the help of the supervisors and may be subject to changes during the early stages of the Ph.D. programme.


Entry Requirements

In order to apply for one of the NASP Ph.D. Programmes, applicants are required to possess:

• either an Italian Laurea Magistrale, a Master's Degree, or any equivalent degree.
Applicants who expect to obtain a Laurea Magistrale, a Master's Degree or equivalent within the beginning of the course of the Ph.D. Programmes (1st October), are also eligible to apply for admission.

How to Submit

Applications must be submitted no later than the deadline provided in the call for applications.

In order to submit the application, it is required to follow these steps:

• Register to the University website at (this is not required if the applicant is already registered to the University online system)

• Login to the online Admission services at -Servizio di ammissione dottorati di ricerca
• Select "Servizi di Ammissione" - "Ammissione ai corsi post laurea" - "Dottorati di ricerca" and then follow the instructions
• During the procedure the applicant will be prompted to pay a € 50,00 fee. 

Important: If you encounter any technical-related issue during the above online procedure (errors, webpages not working, etc), please submit the issue to the Infostudenti Service available here.

The application procedure involves the upload of the following documents (it is possible to upload in .pdf .rtf .jpg formats, no larger than 10Mb):

A. Diploma Supplement, or Degree certificate in Italian or English with course examinations passed and final grade (this is not required for applicants who graduated at the University of Milan);
B. Curriculum Vitae, with a description of any professional experience and other qualifications held by the applicant;
C. Research project in English (using the form attached to the official Call - the model is also available here);
D. Copy of passport (only for foreign applicants);
E. Any publication in Italian or in English;
F. Annex A of the Call for Application.

Non-EU candidates residing abroad are also required to submit an application for pre-enrollment on the Universitaly website, in order to obtain a study visa.

Once the uploading procedure is confirmed, modifying or cancelling the application is impossible. 

Please note that failure to provide one of the documents at items A, B, C will result in exclusion from the competition.

Reference letters 

In addition to the above documentation, one or more (see the Official Call for details) letters of reference must be drawn up in accordance with the form provided with the Call for Application and must be sent directly by the lecturer or expert providing the reference as a .pdf document to the relevant email address for each course as indicated in the Call for Application.

Please see to it that the provider of the reference letter puts the following in the subject field: "Lettera di presentazione - Dottorato di ricerca in ... " or "Academic Reference Form - Ph.D. Programme in ...".

The letters must be sent to the email address specified in the official Call according to the same deadline of the application procedure, i.e. no later than the deadline for application.

NB. ESOL does not require reference letters.

Selection process

The examination procedure is divided into two stages:

1. in the first stage the Examining Committee evaluates the qualifications for compliance with the criteria established by the Ph.D. Faculty Committee;
2. in the second stage the candidates are interviewed by the Ph.D. Examining Committee, in order to ascertain their preparation, skills, and aptitude for scientific research and personal motivation. The interview also aims at verifying the applicant's knowledge of the educational and academic areas specified for the Ph.D. and includes the applicant's formal presentation of the research project he or she proposes to conduct.

In order to be properly identified, applicants attending the interview must provide the Committee with a valid up-to-date ID document (ID Card, passport, Italian driving license).

NB. Interviews can be held both online or in-presence. Applicants who need to make the interview online must fill in a form in order to request it. Instructions are available in the call for application.

The interview during the selection procedure will be held exclusively in English.


NB. In order to obtain their PhD qualification, doctoral students are required to demonstrate English proficiency at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) by the end of the first year of the doctoral programme. To meet this requirement, doctoral students must submit an English certificate from one of the certifying bodies recognised by the University of Milan, at the required level or above, in accordance with the rules established by the University of Milan. More information can be found here.


The information on this page is collected from the official Calls to make the application procedure easier. However, a thorough and careful reading of the official Calls for Application is highly recommended to successfully apply for the Ph.D. Programme. 


ESOL call for application - A.Y. 2024/2025 can be downloaded here.

POLS call for application - A.Y. 2024/2025 can be downloaded here.

SOMET call for application - A.Y. 2024/2025 can be downloaded here.

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