The Department of Physics and Astronomy “ Galileo Galilei”  (DFA) of the Universita’ degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD) organizes the Doctoral Course in Astronomy.

It follows the excellence of the Universita’ di Padova in Astronomy, started since Galileo Galilei.

The Doctoral Course in Astronomy of the University of Padova offers  PhD thesis covering most of the modern Astrophysics topics, in collaboration with INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova.  A group of >60 staff astronomers are involved.

Applications (Italian version) for next (XXXV) cycle are open
Applications (English version)

Deadline: May 14, 2019 (13.00 CEST)

New deadline May 21st, 2019 (13.00 CEST)



1) Three open positions are financed by the University of Padova;

2) One open position is financed by Fondazione Cariparo; 

3) One open position is financed on "Budget Miur Dipartimenti di eccellenza" (position reserved to applicants with foreign qualification).

4) Four PhD grants are financed by INAF. These are reserved grants on specific themes. If interested in one or more of these specific themes, the candidate PhD student must be aware that AT THE MOMENT OF THE APPLICATION, she/he must EXPLICITLY EXPRESS the interest for one or more of the reserved INAF grants (see call for applications) to be eligible to get one of them. The themes of these grants are:

o    Stellar and planetary systems formation and evolution;

o    Extreme phenomena in astrophysics;

o    New techniques and big data in astrophysics;

o    Design of classical and/or multi-conjugate adaptive optics for 10-40m class telescopes: from the optical design to the AIV phase


5) One position financed by the Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “Galileo Galilei” within  grant UE Horizon 2020 - ERC - bando - ERC-2017-CoG ", progetto DEMOBLACK - "Demography of black hole binaries in the era of gravitational wave astronomy/Demografia delle binarie di buchi neri nell'era dell'astronomia gravitazionale"

At this web page  you can find possible PhD thesis projects for the open positions.

These proposed projects shall not be considered as exhaustive.  Candidates are encouraged to contact staff members of the DFA and INAF-OAPD for discussing possible PhD thesis projects.

The admission exam is based on the curriculum and an oral exam.

The oral exam also includes a discussion on the general astronomical background.

At this web page, you can find a list of the  GENERAL CULTURAL ITEMS FOR THE ORAL EXAM

The candidate can ask for a skype oral examination. The preference for oral examination via skype must be indicated in the application.

The only official and legally binding source is the original Italian announcement available at


For further information:

Administrative office:
E-mail: alessandra.zorzi (at)
Tel: 049-827.8261

Responsible of Doctoral Course in Astronomy:
E-mail: giampaolo.piotto (at)
Tel: 049-827.8223