Call for applications is now open!
- Over 200 fully funded positions available
- Scholarship amount: € 18.854,52 gross per year
- Joint research activity with the non-academic sector
- Pre-PhD scholarships available for candidates admitted within the spring session
This Architecture - History and Project programme from Politecnico di Torino investigates the complexity of architectural cultures, focusing on the close interweaving of history and project, defined by Roberto Gabetti in 1983 as the main feature characterising Turin school and to which refer two important cultural traditions of doctoral academic and research activities, engaged in a mutual dialogue from over twenty years.
On the other hand, historical disciplines, focusing on architecture and city planning, provide a broader view on urban and architectural environments, far from a narrow perspective, thanks to the cooperation with other type of histories (related to economics, social sciences and arts), mapping out a career path devised not only for architects and planners, but also for scholars of humanities.
While maintaining the specific features characterising each curriculum, those two programmes share the interpretation that construction of urban and local territory is the result of a complex process of space and time stratifications.
Another key point comprised in both curricula is the promotion of internationalization of III-level PhD programmes, to be based on the large network of scientific projects carried out by members of Academic Board, playing a fundamental role in the definition of new strategies in both architectural and urban fields and in undertaking professional endeavours they may pose.
This PhD programme offers various career opportunities, not only in the field of academic research but also in national and international contexts in which highly-qualified professionals are more than likely to be employed.
In the first curricula, PhD candidates will acquire the necessary skills to work as a researcher in Universities and research institutes, both public and private, national and international, focusing on history of architecture and city planning, architectural projects, technologies and techniques, working in the field of abstract sciences or of those applied to technological incubators and innovation.
Therefore, PhD graduates may envisage a career both as researchers and professors or managers in national or international public Institutions, who are responsible for architectural quality, promotion of historical heritage, planning of transformations of urban and local territory and possess the required competences to manage cultural events and projects development.
The Ph.D. programme in “Architecture. History and Project” (DASP) addresses mono- and inter-disciplinary research on the intertwining of history and project of architecture, city and anthropic space at large.
To that end, DASP particularly welcomes proposals for doctoral theses that explore the relationships between the two core disciplines of the programme – i.e. history and design – in case-based, methodological or foundational terms. Research in architectural technology is also bound to DASP scholarship: technological innovation as cause and effect of significant turns in contemporary design strategies is indeed the core interest of some among the Ph.D. supervisors, research centres and labs affiliated to the DASP community.
Ph.D. research proposals that DASP addresses in the historical field include but are not limited to: architecture and city history in the Early Modern period (17th-18th century); architecture and city history from the 18th century to the late 20th century; history of construction; urban history; history of architectural historiography.
In the fields of architectural design and technology, Ph.D. research proposals are welcome in any of the following fields: the process of design and transformation of human-made landscapes; the process of architectural design and project technique; IT applications in architecture, representation and communication of architecture; architectural theory.
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- Architectural design theory. The innovation of the architectural project
- Mapping the transfer
- Research-by-design. Toolkits for transdisciplinary research
- Studying the history of practices. Housing history and the everyday
- Vademecum. Critical thinking "through" (reading books, exploring researches, writing papers)
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- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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The call for admission is divided into two separate sessions. The application deadline are on:
- February 11 for the spring session
- May 13 for the summer session
DisciplinesArchitecture History Landscape Architecture
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Access to PhD courses in Italy can be only achieved by participating in the Calls for Application. At Politecnico di Torino, PhD candidates are admitted after the evaluation of academic qualifications and the following oral interview: as a matter of fact, your skills are evaluated by analyzing your academic and scientific curricula and by the mandatory interview with the Selection Committee.
- You can participate in the Call if you have a Master of Science or if you are planning to obtain such degree by 31st October. In addition, it is required an international certificate of English language (IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent one).
- The GRE General Test will not be required only for students who apply for a CSC scholarship.
- The first Call for Application will be open from 25th January to 11th February. If you are planning to apply for the CSC scholarship, this will be the only useful Call, because if you are admitted as a PhD candidate, the Doctoral School Office will provide you with a pre-admission letter around 15th March: this document will have to be attached to the documents needed for the CSC scholarship application.Furthermore Politecnico di Torino signed an agreement with the China Scholarship Council in which it was established that CSC will provide 5 scholarships for students who are willing to attend the PhD at the Politecnico!
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The administrative fee is 161 euro.
PhD scholarships can be with own research topic or with predefined research topic.
The gross annual amount of the scholarship is usually € 15,343.28, but the Politecnico di Torino has chosen to further enhance and promote the value of PhD programmes, increasing the amount of the scholarships to € 18.854,52.
All candidates compete for scholarships with own research topic, unless they explicitly waive their right to receive them.
The scholarships with predefined research topic are associated to particular research topics for which specific skills are required. Those applicants interested in one or more scholarships shall carefully verify which are the field of research and the competences required, as specified in the scholarship descriptive sheet and contact the relevant scientific referee.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.