8 PhD positions, Polar Sciences - Venice, Italy

PhD Programme in Polar Sciences - eight positions with scholarships are available at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy.


The programme is for four years. This call is for applications for the academic year 2020-2021.

The programme is conducted entirely in English.


The PhD programme in Polar Sciences is a joint initiative of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and the University of Milano-Bicocca.

The PhD programme offers a four-year fully funded scholarship, including one year of full-time coursework, with worldwide research opportunities and connections to a broad international network of top-level universities and research centres in the field, as well as placement in highly renowned institutions afterwards.

Objectives of the PhD

The objective of the PhD programme is to prepare students with in-depth scientific competences and original and innovative research activities for becoming experts on topics related to recent and past environmental and climate changes of the polar regions and of the glaciated areas of high altitude/low latitudes sites. The state of the art of the scientific knowledge will be made available for the students for building a robust scientific understanding of the processes regulating the climate changes occurring in the polar regions with an interdisciplinary approach.

Organisation of the PhD Programme

During the first year students complete their coursework in Venice, while from the second year onward they develop their research projects and work on their final PhD dissertations. After completion of the first year, PhD students are required to spend a period conducting research at a foreign institution or university, to be agreed with the tutor and approved by the PhD Board. All PhD thesis will be externally reviewed by international referees.

The programme comprises 12 core courses of 6 ECTS each, from a range of subject areas. Students benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussion group exercises, and case studies. Credits are acquired by attending the courses and by passing a final exam.

Attendance is mandatory. Seminars, guest lectures, and elective thematic courses are organized throughout the year in order to facilitate interaction among students from different cycles and different programmes, as well as with invited guests from important research centres and universities.


Application deadline is 21 April 2020 at 13:00 (Italian time).

The Call for Application (PDF File), general information, and forms for the PhD Programme on Polar Sciences can be downloaded at:

[eng] http://www.unive.it/phd-degrees > Admission
[ita] http://www.unive.it/dottorati > Accesso

Further information

Detailed info at the web page: https://www.unive.it/pag/35949/

For additional info about the application process, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.