First call for applications 40th cycle

The PhD programme in Economics of the Tuscan Universities is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 40th cycle. They will be open until May 15, 2024, at 2 pm, Central European Time. We are currently awarding 5 positions with full-scholarship, among which:

  • 4 are ‘free topic’: PhD candidates awarded shall carry out their research activities on a topic agreed upon with their thesis supervisor
  • 1 is linked to the specific research theme “Micro-economic models for estimating willingness-to-pay in the agrifood sector”
  • One additional positions is reserved for scholarship holders of specific international mobility programmes.

Candidates are required to apply to each type of position in separate procedures. Those applying to ’free topic’ positions can submit a unique form. For those interested in the three ‘specific research themes’, a single application is necessary for each of them. In general, we suggest that potential candidates apply to the ‘’free topic’’ first and adapt, whenever possible, her/his research proposal to the remaining calls.

For more information, see Admission Procedures below.

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General info on the programme:

Our three-year program requires a full-time commitment and aims to train students for a career as economists in academia, private and public research institutions. The first year consists of intensive coursework, which provides PhD candidates with the knowledge and analytical skills needed to conduct the highest-level research. Courses are mainly held at the University of Siena, where students are welcome to apply for accommodation facilities. In the second and third years, they are free to choose where to develop their research project — either at the University of Florence, Pisa, or Siena — depending on personal interests and scholarship type. All students must complete a six-month visiting period in a foreign institution, which comes with a 50% increase in the scholarship.

Info on the research theme “Micro-economic models for estimating willingness-to-pay in the agrifood sector”

This ‘specific research themes’ position aims to broadly contribute to the PNRR Agritech project by exploring the willingness-to-pay of consumers of agrifood products.

Research projects in this ‘specific research themes’ can include questions related to the following non-exhaustive list:

Development of long-term energy forecasting models associated with the energy transition scenarios to 2030a.The relationship between behavioural adaptation and decarbonisation
a. Estimation of micro-econometric models of willingness-to-pay
b. Conduction of sample surveys on consumers at country/regional level
c. Estimation of multidimensional indices
d. Evaluation of variance of socio-economic indicators in the field of agrifood

Documents required during the online application:

  • Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum indicating qualification obtained or to be completed by 31st October 2023. Issuing institutions must be clearly stated and previous publishing experience is assessed positively.
  • Research project in English and no longer than 8 pages.
  • 2 letters of reference from professors and/or research professionals.
  • Abstract of the Master degree/specialisation/old degree thesis or equivalent foreign title translated into Italian, English or French no longer than 2 pages.
  • English language certification, if any, is assessed positively.

Eligibility of foreign degrees is ascertained by the selection committee in accordance with relevant regulations and international agreements on the recognition of qualifications for further studies. They need to be translated into Italian, English or French.

Applications will be received starting April 15, 2024, until May 15, 2024, at 2 pm, Central European Time, exclusively through Online Secretariat. Instructions for submitting applications are available on the dedicated website section. Furthermore, the schedules indicating the positions, modalities and dates of the exams are available on the specific PhD site.