After applying to the study program, the candidate is invited for an interview. Prior to the interview, the candidate submits an application, which includes 1) a short research proposal for the dissertation topic and 2) the basic personal data of the candidate. Instructions for compiling the application are provided to the candidate by the relevant faculty service (student’s office).
- The research proposal (7,000-15,000 characters including spaces and without the list of references) must be structured according to the following sections:
- the title page with the name and surname of the candidate, the title of the proposed research topic in the dissertation (if possible at this stage), and the name, surname and academic title of the most suitable mentor at the PhD program (if possible at this stage),
- an indication and brief description of the research topic (academic field and a definition of the theoretical starting points of the research, a definition of the research question (problem) and research objectives),
- the predicted research methods,
- the expected results and academic contribution,
- an indication of the basic references and sources.
- The basic personal data of the candidate
- a short curriculum vitae of the candidate (up to 2,500 characters with spaces, may be formatted in indents),
- bibliography of the candidate (if existing).
The candidate's application is reviewed by an expert commission (hereafter Commission) headed by the coordinator of the 3rd level doctoral study program Language and Interculturality, and also consists of higher education teachers at the Department of Italian Studies (hereafter Department) and other higher education teachers involved in the study program. Based on the reviewed documentation, the Commission examines whether the research bases (references) of the Department are appropriate for the proposed research topic, whether the Department has adequate material resources (equipment) for conducting the research and discusses the candidate's application. The Commission invites the candidate to a short interview before enrolment (if all the above mentioned conditions for enrolment are met, which are a guarantee for a successful start and completion of studies) and it assigns him the most suitable mentor, with whom they choose two (out of eight) most suitable elective courses for the candidate according to the field of research. If the research focuses on the acquisition of competencies from contents that are not provided for in the elective courses of the program, the student may, in agreement with the mentor and organizational, financial and technical possibilities, choose electives outside the study program, in other programs, outside the faculty, university and abroad. The interview is also an opportunity to partially reformulate the candidate's research proposal in order to assure appropriate mentoring to program providers. If it is established that the research wishes of the candidate are incompatible with the research bases of the Department or that the Department does not have adequate material resources for the research, the candidate is not advised to enrol. Prior to enrolment, it is therefore necessary to obtain the consent of the Commission and the intended mentor.