The call for admission to the PhD course is now open
Deadline: May 17, 2021.
13 positions are available:
5 positions with bursary supported by University Tor Vergata
2 positions for non-Italian applicants with their own support
2 positions without financial support
4 positions for Italian governmental employees with their own salary support
Please follow the instructions strictly. Different procedures apply, depending on whether you compete for bursary or you have your own financial support.
Foreign students with their own financial support have reserved positions and a simplified admittance procedure, with an online interview. All other candidates must pass written and oral examinations.
Topics of the course can be found in the “Research lines” pages. These fall within the board members’ expertise. In the call some lines of research are mentioned. These are considered preferential but not exclusive.
Candidates are requested to propose their own research project, which is supposed to be adherent to one of the research lines mentioned above and can be discussed with one or more of the board members.
The course is 3-years long and involves experimental activities carried out by the candidate. Resources for research costs are provided by the tutor. Additional funds are provided for travels and congresses.
During the course the student must:
-follow strictly teaching activities in the form of seminars and courses posted on the site;
-organize discussions as a “discussant” in some of them;
-present his/her own results to the board and the other students in 4 occasions;
-comply with the schedule for thesis preparation and review.
The list of University rules can be found at
“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”
“Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole” (Theodosius Dobzhansky The American Biology Teacher, March 1973)
The program offers a unique multidisciplinary training experience leading to a Doctorate degree. The Biology Department, in partnership with private and public institutions in the Rome area, have formed a Program that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to offer the student the appropriate interdisciplinary research training and to enrich the plurality of knowledge. The Scientific Board is made of experts of various scientific fields, and graduate students can select from research opportunities in areas as Anthropology, Applied Biology and Biochemistry, Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Parasitology, Physiology and Zoology. The main goal of the program consists in enabling students to become independent, creative, and productive researchers, by cultivating their skills in a multidisciplinary environment. Specialized courses are programmed as well as ad hoc seminars in research management, research & funding systems, exploitation of research results and intellectual property.