New International PhD Program offered at European/Eastern European Universities

The University of Bologna together with the University of Graz, The New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska are launching a new International PhD Programme in “Diversity Management and Governance” leading to a Joint Degree.

The Programme in a nutshell

The three-year English-taught Programme offers specialized interdisciplinary and comparative academic training in the study of various forms of diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, linguistic, regional, religious, social or sexual orientation, and its management. Conflict prevention and management theories, reconstruction and reconciliation of divided societies after violent conflicts and political tensions, integration policies and the establishment of good governance throughout Europe are in focus in this Joint PhD Programme.
To ensure the students’ highest mobility the Programme requires that PhD Candidates spend at least two semesters in one of the partner universities.

Scholarships & Grants

The Programme offers at least two study grants of about 13.600,00 € per year to students applying at the University of Bologna. Moreover, the University of Bologna guarantees enrollment to two students selected among applicants holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions. More grants will be made available for students from the South-East of Europe within the framework of the community Programme entitled Erasmus Mundus External Windows, coordinated by the University of Graz, whose deadline is 29th  October 2009. For details, see the web page in English on:            

How to Apply

Interested students could apply for enrollment in the university of their choice among the four partner universities; if the application is successful the doctoral student must enroll in the university chosen for the application.
Beside the completed application form (to be expected by mid-October), interested students must submit the following documents:

  1. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results
  2. CV in English
  3. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
  4. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Further Information

A website fully devoted to the PhD Programme will be soon available on line.
For the time being, interested applicants could find other information at under the sections: activities/education/trainings.
Additional information might be requested to Ms Dessislava Krasteva (

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