Italy: PhD Positions in Computer Sciences, Economics, & Politics

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Theories developed within computer science have been, and still are,
remarkably relevant not only for developing devices and tools which are
commonly used in today society, but also for facing new theoretical
problems of wide perspective. In particular, the study
of models, algorithms and verification methods of distributed systems
with shared resources, with attention to the problems of security,
concurrency, real time, “open endness”, distributed decisions, etc. has
fostered the development of the informatics of the new wide area
networks. Students acquire extensive knowledge of the fundamentals and
applications of architectures and languages for global and grid
computing, web systems and services, in particular for business
applications, embedded systems, web data mining, wired and wireless
networks, and mobile systems. In addition to offering broad scope for
basic research, these domains define a professional area where all the
needs of computer applications on wide are networks can find their

Economics, Markets, Institutions
With its interdisciplinary (theoretical, quantitative and
institutional) approach, the program aims at dealing with issues in
political economy, applied public economics, and the functioning of
industries and markets, the impact of macroeconomic impact on the
functioning of markets, as well as on productivity and growth. A
distinctive character of the PhD program is the strong integration of
theoretical, technical and practical expertise, aimed to educate highly
qualified professionals, who analyze, plan, and manage concrete
interventions of political economy.

Theoretical methodologies and models will therefore tested through
the methodical/systematic investigation of actual cases. At the end of
the program, students will be able to catch commonalities as well as
distinctive characters of the several markets, in reference to economic
laws, market regulations, contractual, managing and organizational

Political Systems and Institutional Change
The PhD Program aims to make students familiar with analytical tools
and methodologies of investigation elaborated within different
contemporary traditions in social sciences, thereby providing the
theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to both evaluate
comparatively the performance of institutional systems, and elaborate
proposals for structural reforms. The courses will especially focus on
the historical, political, institutional and economic dynamics that
have been characterising the development of European and ex Soviet
countries after the Second Word War. They will then consider among
other topics: the institutional and decisional dynamics of European
countries and the European Union including the trends towards
multilevel governance both at the European and at the domestic level
(federalisation, independent regulatory authorities, etc.);
transatlantic relations EU-US; relations between politics, social
processes and political economy decisions; paths of economic and
political development; the institutional workings of international
organisations; the characters of some geographical areas of special

Duration: 3 years

Language: Courses and seminars are held in English. Foreign PhD students are required to attend an Italian Language and Culture Course.

Classes begin in March 2009.

Tuition Exemptions :PhD students are exempt from tuition and fees.

Annual Scholarship: Annual scholarship amount is +/- 13.638,00 Euros
gross, corresponding to +/- 2.270,00 Euros gross paid every two months.
Scholarships are awarded for three years and are confirmed yearly.

Scholarships benefit from tax breaks.

One scholarship for each PhD Program is co-financed by European
Union – European Social Fund; Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute e
delle Politiche Sociali; Regione Toscana and IMT.

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2008 at 6:00pm (Italian time).

Via: Call for Applications

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