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PhD:European Ph.D. in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies

The European PhD in Socio-Economic and Statistical Studies (Sess.EuroPhD). Sess.EuroPhD is an international, interdisciplinary, graduate program in which a consortium of eight partner universities (from Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Russia, and UK) cooperate to provide graduate students from all over the world with the possibility for training and doing high-level research in the fields of Economics, Sociology and Statistics. The Programme was started in Autumn 2001 by Sapienza and since January 2017 it is co-ordinated by the "Eötvös Loránd" University of Budapest.

After the completion of the programme, the doctoral degree of Doctor Europaeus is awarded. Doctors will be able to:

- Carry out research activity in the fields of Economics, Economic History, Applied Economics, Sociology, and Applied Statistics, both in academic and non-academic institutions.

- Hold leading roles in public and private, national or international, institutions.

To reach these goals, PhD students will:

- Learn the most advanced techniques for applied research in different social disciplines.

- Spend at least two visiting periods abroad, usually at leading universities in the field of studies dealt with in the student's dissertation.

- Work under the supervision of leading scholars in the same fields of studies.

In line with the Bologna reforms, the SESS.EuroPhD is designed for a period of three years of study, each one characterized by specific objectives and expected outcomes, which may vary depending on students' projects and background.

First year objectives

During the first year - undoubtedly the most delicate because the boot to the study and refinement of the research project that the student chooses to carry on -, the primary educational objectives of the student are:

1. Provide for doctoral students, by attending courses of lectures and seminars given by faculty members of the program and national and international researchers, a common preparation regarding the three main subjects of interest of the PhD: Economics, Economic Sociology and Applied Statistics;

2. equip him / her student / it of analytical autonomy and critical spirit in the literature search, and along the reconstruction phase of the state related to the subject in the research project.

Second year objectives

The second year aims to consolidate and strengthen the knowledge of the candidates and to accompany them towards the achievement of a sufficient level of autonomy of research. Also during the second year, the student is encouraged to expand their scientific collaborations within the relevant scientific community, and to refine its ability to communicate its research motivations and eventually to disseminate the results of their theoretical analyzes and empirical.

The primary objective of the second year is therefore to develop the ability to confront directly and unmediated with its own line of research and those related, in order to encourage / the PhD student / to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to research that processing privileges theoretical propositions only if supported by an adequate basis of empirical data.

In this perspective, the SESS Annual Seminar, inaugurated in 2004, attended by all students and teachers of the network, are one of the SESS.EuroPhD strengths as they offer the / a student / it an unmissable opportunity to explain to 'entire research consortium - specially assembled in one of the offices of the Network - the progress of their studies and their own research.

Third year objectives

The third year is mainly dedicated to the development of critical thinking and synthesis, with the conclusion of the experimental activities, the overall processing of the results obtained and the compilation of the thesis. Important objectives will be:

1. the achievement of a good degree of autonomy in the conduct of research activities;
2. obtaining a proper understanding of the main funding mechanisms of the Italian and European scientific research;
3. the development of comparison and communication skills through the intensification of participation in workshops and conferences, and the preparation of articles and essays to be published.


The organization of the doctorate is on two floors: the international and local.

1) At international level, the Art. 3 of the "Partnership Agreement" establishes the appointment of the following organs:

- A President, who is a PhD and is elected by the Scientific Board (members of the Board subsequently listed);

- A Scientific Board, composed of representatives of the institution subsidiaries, approving admissions, defines the core-curricula, establishing common standards for the inspection procedures and currency, based on shared methodological criteria, the high quality of the program;

- A Scientific Co-ordinator, who manages the SESS.EuroPhD program and is responsible for addressing fund raising and cost covering issues related to the activities of the SESS Network.

2) At the local level, in the specific case of Wisdom, the SESS.EuroPhD is made up of an Internal Committee of CID teachers) currently chaired and coordinated by Prof. Fabio Sabatini (Department of Economics and Law) and two standing committees, composed members chosen by the CID, called to handle specific problems concerning the teaching of the first year - teaching Commission - and the visibility of the doctorate - Commission Website and Communication.

The CID meets regularly on a monthly basis to manage the organizational internal and external, and to conduct relations between teachers and students. The commission, however, meet on a bimonthly basis or in a manner not foreseen in case of need. Currently, the teaching Commission consists of three members of the CID - Profs. De Nardis, Palestini and Parello - while the Commission Website and Communication relies on the participation of one member of the CID, prof. Giuseppe Croce, flanked by a student representative and a member technician of the Department of Economics and Law (Dr. Enrico Mastrostefano).

From 2001 to 2007, Chairman of the SESS.EuroPhD was Prof. Jean-Jacques Droesbeke (Université Libre de Bruxelles),From 2007 to2015, Prof. Elke Koch-Weser (Wisdom) took over, while the current chair of the Programm is Prof. Andrew Hinde (University of Southampton). At the moment, the Scientific Co-ordinator and Programme Director is Prof. Bernhard Wessels (Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities III - Institute of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University).


In order to achieve all of its objectives, the SESS.EuroPhD relies on the following operational and scientific structures and resources.

1. Equipment and/or laboratories

The Rome headquarters of the SESS.EuroPhD rotates around 4 departments: The Department of Economics and Law (DipEcoDir), Department of methods and models for the economics territory and finance (MEMOTEF), the Department of Communication and Social Research (CeRiS) and the Department of Statistical Science (DSS). There are several classrooms and laboratories available to SESS Students, mainly located in the Faculty of Economics and the Department of Economics and Law. Specifically, the total amounts of classrooms adds to 2 small rooms pf 25 places for lessons; 1 classroom with about 75 seats for seminars; 1 computer lab with 25 internet terminals, 1 Experimental room (under construction) for Experimental Economics with about 80 seats; 1 language laboratory.

2. Books consistency and libraries

- Consistency and coverage of the themes of the course.

Overall, SESS students can rely on 4 departmental libraries (DipEcoDir, MEMOTEF, CiReS, DSS), 1 European Documentation Centre ( "Altiero Spinelli") and 1 faculty library ("Barone", Fac. of Economics). Updated to the 22th Nov.'17, the overall stock of books available for consultations can be quantified in more than 147,000 volumes in Economics, Economic Policy, Econometrics, Sociology and Applied Statistics.

- Subscriptions to magazines relating the topics covered by the course

SESS Candidates can access to all the paper material of 4 newspaper libraries of the Department (DipEcoDir, MEMOTEF, CiReS, DSS). With reference to the economic, sociological and statistical, the time of the most important Journals in the matter is almost complete, and in many cases, it dates back to the earliest publications, especially for prestigious journals such as, for example, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Econometrica and the Journal of Sociology.

3. E-resources

- Databases

Being part of the scientific community of Sapienza University, the SESS.EuroPhD has got access to all the main dataset of the university, and in particular to those collecting: a) multidisciplinary data (EBSCOHost, JSTOR, Scopus, Ulrichsweb, Web of Science; b) economic and social data (EconLit, ESSPER, PAO & PIO - Periodicals Archive & Index Online, RePEc).

As for economics, the Department of Economics and Law offers access to various online providers of scientific & technical information, including Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and DirectScience.

- Software specifically related to the scope of SESS.EuroPhD

Software facility available to SESS.EuroPhD students comprise: a) licenses for the econometric softwares: SAS, SPSS and STATA 10.0; b) free access and free use of the math packages scientific Matlab and Mathematica through service the “Software Distribution Office” of the University.

- Spaces and resources for graduate students and for the electronic computing

The SESS graduate students have access to up to 4 rooms reserved to post-graduate students located in DipEcoDit (floor 5th and -2nd of the Faculty of Economics). For computational analysis, the same Department offers the following facilities: a) 3 computer lab with 46 computer workstations overall; 1 computer lab equipped to manage Experimental Economics sessions.


The SESS.EuroPhD ends with the completion of a doctoral thesis capturing the interdisciplinary and European character of the PhD, and with the completion of a scientific paper, written in English, already suitable for submission to a scientificc journal (hereafter " Job Market Paper "). Along with the standard degree "Doctor of Philosophy", SESS.EuroPhD also delivers the "Doctor Europaeus" as an additional degree.

Specifications of Scholarships and available positions

Overall Specifications approved for the course by the Academic Senate

Scolarships Consortia External scholarships Positions
3 0 0 4

Admission Procedure

Qualifications assessment At this stage, the applicants' strengths and potential for academic success are assessed through the examination of the information and documents submitted with the application. The outcomes of this assessment will be made available on our website before the interview.

Oral interview The interview will take place at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of Rome (at the sixth floor of the Faculty of Economics in via del Castro Laurenziano 9, Rome) and will mostly deal with the cv, previous experiences, quantitative skills, research interests, and the research proposals of the candidates. The interview will be conducted in English.
Skype-conference interviews are allowed under request.

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Curriculum studiorum

Graduation date and grade of the Master's degree
detailed list of exams including completion dates and scores of Masters's degree
Graduation date and grade of the Bachelor’s degree
History of Scholarships, Research Grants (or similar)
Certificates of Foreign Languages
Certificates of participation in post-graduate university courses
certificates of Participation in research groups
certificates of Participation in internships
Other University Awards/Degrees (e.g.: awards in competition, second degree)

Required documentation

degree thesis abstract
research project
The research Proposal must state: a) the objectives of the project; b) the contribution of the project to the existing literature; c) description of the data and methdods the candidate plans to use within the project; d) the expected outcomes of the project; e) bibliographic references.
first letter of introduction (by a teacher)
Two reference letters uploaded by referees appointed in the on-line application procedure. Referees can be academic (first best) or non-academic (second best). Letters can be uploaded up to 14 days after the application deadline.
mandatory, the letter must be uploaded by the referee within the 14 days following the deadline
second letter of introduction (by a teacher)
Two reference letters uploaded by referees appointed in the on-line application procedure. Referees can be academic (first best) or non-academic (second best). Letters can be uploaded up to 14 days after the application deadline.
optional, the letter must be uploaded by the referee within the 14 days following the deadline
List of publications
A list of publications the candidate wishes to submit to the Admission Committee (no more than 3 published papers/books/reports with ISSN or ISBN).
letter of motivation (by the candidate)
A Statement of Purpose concerning your motivation for enrollment in our PhD Program and your professional goals (no more than 1500 words). In the statement, the candidate must clearly state whether she wishes to apply for a non funded position.
publications (a single pdf for each publication)
other document: Curriculum vitae (Curriculum vitae)
Full CV (education, work experience, language skills, study/work abroad, other relevant skills and experiences).

Language Skills

the candidate must know the following languages

Exam Schedule

Qualifications assessment
publication on notice boardYes
publication on the web siteYes
web site
date of publication09/09/2019

Oral interview
classroomAula Marrama
addressSapienza Università di Roma, Facoltà di Economia, via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 5th floor
publication on notice boardYes
publication on the web siteYes
web site
date of publication10/09/2019

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