About the University

The University of Turin is a university in the city of Turin in the Piedmont region of north-western Italy. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe, and continues to play an important role in research and training.

About the Program

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctorate in Economics is a four years doctoral program offered by the University of Turin. The program also benefits from a close collaboration with the Collegio Carlo Alberto which hosts students’ offices and offers a wide range of research and academic activities.

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctoral Program in Economics is characterized by great flexibility as students can structure their coursework and write their doctoral dissertation in a number of different areas of economics. After a common set of core courses that take place in the first term of the program (including review courses in mathematics and statistics and advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), students can further prepare for their dissertation work by choosing from a list of elective courses.

The Program is organized in three curricula, which span many fields within economics.


Applications for PhD positions are open to students of all age and nationalities who obtained a secon level degree (Master’s Degree level), which gives access to PhD studies.

Funding Details
  • Full-time scholarships are assigned to the best applicants on a competitive basis.  Each scholarship amounts to 17,500€  gross per year (15,503€ net) and is paid on a monthly basis. Available scholarships are about 7 per year. The scholarships have a yearly validity and they are automatically renewed conditional on student’s execution of yearly activities and his/her admission to the following year.
  • The monthly amount of the scholarship is increased by 50% during visiting periods to other academic institutions of no less than 1 month and no more than 18 months.
  • All admitted students receive additional research funds (10% of the gross per year amount) for carrying out research-related activities (i.e., attending conferences, workshops, summer or winter schools).
  • Additional financial support takes the form of teaching assistantships with official calls from the University and/or the Collegio Carlo Alberto, and research assistantships (usually administered by professors through their research funds).
  • Tuition fees amount to € 157 per year. Conditions for fee waivers are disciplined in the specific international agreements/MoUs.
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the program through this link.

Important Dates
  • 14th of March, 2019: Official call for applications is published;
  • 16th of April: Deadline for the submission of the application;
  • September 2019: Start of Courses (crash courses)
  • 31st October, 2019: Deadline by which candidates are to be awarded their Master’s Degree (italian or foreign);
  • 1st of November, 2019: Official start of the Program.

Educational Program Secretariat: Valentina Falanga
Email: valentina.falanga[at]carloalberto.org, vpde.unito[at]carloalberto.org