Application and Scholarships

In order to enroll in the Ph.D. program, candidates must pass a public competition regulated by a specific Call for Applications. The competition is open to applicants who hold a Laurea Magistrale /Specialistica or a foreign Master’s Degree (See the specific requirements below) recognized as equivalent to the mentioned Italian degrees.

Last news

Exciting news!
The Ph.D. courses of the XXXIX cycle (2023/24) will offer multiple admission opportunities. A first call is scheduled to be published in June 2023, while the second call will follow in August 2023.

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Applications and instructions are available on the official page ( and here.

Required application attachments (Note that only the official templates for the required attachments must be used):

  1. File A detailed curriculum vitae including research experience, project experiences, and/or any previous publications (official template: Modello CV (Italiano) – CV Layout (English version));
  2. File A valid identification document;
  3. File Degree qualification certification for first (Bachelor) degrees and second (specialization/Master’s) degrees (official template: Titoli di Laurea con voti ed esami (Italiano) – Degree qualifications with exams self declaration form (English version));
  4. File An abstract of the thesis of the specialist/Master’s degree (or five-year Single Cycle degree);
  5. File The candidate’s Master’s degree thesis (or five-year Single Cycle degree);
  6. File A Ph.D. research proposal according to one of the available scholarships (official template: ALLEGATO H_FORMAT PROPOSTA DI RICERCA_DAUSY);

Optional application attachments (Note that only the official templates for the required attachments must be used):

  1. File A self-certification for any other qualification deemed suitable for evaluation (official template: Dichiarazione altri titoli (Italiano) – Other qualifications self-declaration form (English version));
  2. File Two letters of presentation from professors or researchers in Italy or abroad;
  3. File Language certification;
  4. File Any publications.

Please note that:

  • You must refer to the official P.h.D. page of Politecnico di Bari ( for news and additional detail on the application process.
  • International candidates who do not have an Italian ID Number (Codice Fiscale), required during the application, may get a provisional code from the website (You can find a guide here)
  • A guide for NON-EU PH.D. STUDENTS NEEDING A STUDY VISA is available here.
  • Italian candidates may be required to provide additional self-declarations. Please refer to the official call for application for additional details.

Admission examination

The admission exam consists of:

  • An assessment of qualifications held (average exam marks, final degree mark, theses, Master’s degrees, post-graduate courses, language certification, publications, etc.);
  • An assessment of the Ph.D. research proposal;
  • An interview to ensure a complete evaluation of the candidate and to verify the applicant’s aptitude for research and willingness to undertake experience abroad and areas of research interest.


Language requirements

If English is not your native language, you need to demonstrate a degree of proficiency corresponding, at least, to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Knowledge of Italian is preferred but not required.

Specific requirements

Candidates must hold an M.Sc. degree, preferably in Systems and Control, Electrical Engineering, Artificial intelligence (AI), Mechanical Engineering, or related subjects. Moreover, candidates should fit the following profile:

  • Being a talented and enthusiastic young researcher;
  • Strong background in the fields of control systems;
  • Strong academic background and rich experience in engineering systems, embedded systems, and system design;
  • Good programming skills in MATLAB/Simulink and/or Python;
  • Being a team player with excellent communication and cooperation skills, in a dynamic and multi-disciplinary project-driven environment;
  • Creativity and ambition, hard-working and persistent mindset;
  • Ability to independently organize your work;
  • Good scientific writing skills.

Scholarships and fees

Scholarships are determined as follows:

Net scholarship for research periods in Italyabout 1200 €/month
Net scholarship for research periods abroadabout 1800 €/month
Research budget 20% (total in the 3 years)*about 12000
Taxes**120-160 €/year

*The research budget can be used for registrations for on-site and online conferences; photocopies; posters; textbooks; computers and related equipment; expenses for publishing publications and language courses.

**Taxes are calculated based on the Italian ISEE (Equivalent Financial Situation Index).