The Department of Physics and Astronomy “ Galileo Galilei”  (DFA) of the University of Studies of Padova (UNIPD) organizes the Doctoral Course in Astronomy.

It follows the excellence of UNIPD in Astronomy, started since Galileo Galilei.

The Doctoral Course in Astronomy of the University of Padova offers  PhD thesis which cover 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 (XXXIV) cycle are open
Applications (English version)

Deadline: June 26, 2018 (13.00)


- Five open positions are financed by the University of Padova;

- One open position is financed by Fondazione Cariparo; 
- One open position is Financed by the Dipartimento di FIsica e Astronomia “Galileo Galilei”

- Three 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:
a) “Extreme objects as laboratories for the studyof astrophysical processes”
b) “Analysis of planetary surfaces and of the principal processes responsible of their modification”
c) “Wavelength sensors for laser stars on large telescopes”

 - One position financed by the Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “Galileo Galilei” within the ERC grant GALFOR. Position theme: “Multiple stellar populations in Globular Clusters”

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 may 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