The training is organized and divided into 3 years (all teaching activities are carried out exclusively in English).
The training program for first-year students had two objectives:
1) Provide the tools to critically read the existing scientific literature and analyze with methodological accuracy the economic, institutional, social and political transformations underway in Europe and in the world, evaluate the effects of economic and social policies, and develop adequate and effective policy interventions.
2) Support the development of new research ideas through discussions with the scientific board and external speakers of the research seminars.
First year-courses trained PhD students to distinguish causal links from simple correlations in the relationships between economic and social phenomena, to critically evaluate the scientific debate on the topics of their research project and to identify new research questions. At the end of the first year, doctoral students are able to begin an applied research activity in the sectors that characterize the doctorate with the support of the members of the scientific board (not yet in full autonomy therefore).
All teaching activities were carried out exclusively in English.
The training course of the EurSESSPhD placed particular emphasis on internationalisation, thanks to:
- The offer of courses held by professors and researchers belonging to foreign institutions.
- The "exchange of courses" with foreign institutions, which allows doctoral students of other foreign programs to freely attend our lessons in streaming and guarantees our doctoral students equally free access to the lessons of partner programs.
- The invitation, addressed to external speakers, to present their research in our summer cycle of seminars.
In addition to the lessons of the courses listed above, the PhD students attended the following events:
- Research seminars on economics and applied statistics, organized by the EurSESSPhD with the participation of internal and external speakers.
- Research seminars on topics of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics organized by the Department of Economics and Law.
- Kick-off seminars on the candidate's research project.
- Annual workshop held in rotation in the various universities of the consortium. In 2020-2022, the workshop was suspended due to the pandemic. In 2023, the workshop will resume: it will be held in July, organized by Sapienza University of Rome (see the section "Programmed training offer a.y. 2022/2023").
- At least one seminar a week to be chosen among the seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law.
PhD students enrolled in the second year were almost exclusively focused on their research activities. They had the opportunity to attend courses specifically aimed at strengthening the skills necessary for their research, in Italy or abroad. The supplementary courses concerned both the topics of interest for the doctoral thesis and the quantitative tools necessary to rigorously address the research questions chosen by the doctoral students.
In most cases, during the second year, doctoral students spent at least one visiting period abroad, generally about four months, but sometimes even twelve months. In any case, PhD students received a 50% grant increase during their stay abroad. Furthermore, they were able to benefit from additional fundings awarded on a competitive basis.
In the case of a stay at another partner university of the SESS Network, the doctoral student was guided by a tutor appointed by the host university towards the attendance of advanced courses aimed at developing the thesis, and towards participation in research activities organized by local working groups. In fact, each site of the consortium offers courses that fall within the scientific-teaching area of the EuroPhD session, completing the study plan offered in Sapienza.
During their stay in Italy, PhD students interacted regularly with their supervisors and other board members, and attended the following events:
A) Research seminars held by members of the scientific board for first year doctoral students (in the case of seminars that were not also held in the previous academic year). In these seminars, the members of the college presented their most recent works to illustrate their research activities to the PhD students.
B) Seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law jointly with the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of Sapienza University.
C) Seminars organized by the Sess.EuroPhD for the academic year 2022-23.
D) Summer School on Experimetrics that Sess.EuroPhD organized during the week 17-22 July 2022.
Furthermore, PhD students were encouraged to attend seminars organized by other institutions or research groups in Rome, if in line with PhD students’ research topics.
Last, in agreement with the supervisors and the scientific board, doctoral students were able to attend supplementary courses provided within the master's or post-graduate degree programmes, or provided by other Sapienza doctoral programs, which have proved to be particularly useful for carrying their research. In particular, we have renewed the collaboration with the PhD program in Models for Economics and Finance and with the PhD in Economics, strengthening the collaboration with the latter: the times of the seminars and elective courses that were held in 2022-23 were made available in the calendars of both the EurSESSPhD and PhD in Economics doctoral courses.
Third year PhD students spent most of their time to the final preparation of the thesis, to the presentation of their works during seminars, workshops, and conferences, to the deepening of the knowledge of the literature and of the quantitative techniques used in the thesis through continuous exchange of knowledge with experts at the international level in the research field chosen by the PhD Candidate.
During the third year, doctoral students also worked to the refinement of the job market paper and wrote the other two papers that make up the thesis (note the second year courses "How to prepare the job market paper" and "International academic publishing" to which third year students participated in the previous academic year). To feed the necessary research funds for e.g. the retrieval of the data necessary for the three papers of the thesis, a further course was added during the third year: "How to write a successful application for a research grant".
PhD students have spent a second stay of study and research lasting no less than four months at one of the universities belonging to the Sess.EuroPhD Consortium, or at any other foreign university whose research focus includes the topic chosen by the candidate.
During their stay in Italy at La Sapienza, third-year PhD students attended the following events:
- Research seminars held by members of the scientific board for first year doctoral students (in the case of seminars that were not held in the previous two academic years).
- Seminars of the Doctoral School in Political Economy of the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University.
- Seminars organized by the Department of Economics and Law jointly with the Department of Social and Economic Sciences of Sapienza University (“Sapienza Economics Seminars”).
Last, PhD students were encouraged to attend summer schools related to their research path, the cost of which was supported by the dedicated funds of the Sess.EuroPhD, with the prior authorization of the Coordinator.