The doctoral programme in Statistics at University of Padua was introduced in 1984, and was among the first Ph.D. programmes in Italy.
Starting in the academic year 2004/2005, the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padua became the administrative home of the Ph.D. in Statistics.
The new programme replaced two previous research doctoral programmes in Statistics and in Statistics Applied to the Economic and Social Sciences.
The Ph.D. Course aims to provide an advanced training to support both applied and theoretical research, encouraging independence of both study and research.
The PhD programme in Statistics has an expected length of 3 years. About 8 students enter the programme every year. The School aims at selecting the best candidates applying from all over the country as well as from abroad.
The first year is devoted to courses, both core courses on Functional Analysis, Probability Theory, Statistical Theory and Statistical Modelling as well as short, more specialised, courses on topics such as: Time Series, Survival Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Survey Methodology, etcetera. Lectures are given in English. Students can also follow some upper division courses (Laurea Magistrale) at the Department of Statistical Sciences or other Departments at the University of Padova.
At the end of the first year, PhD candidates propose to the Course Collegiate their own research programme to be carried over during the second and third year. They can either join local research groups at Padova or partner departments or start an independent research. The Course Collegiate assigns a supervisor to each PhD student. Original research results should be presented in the PhD thesis, to be discussed both in front of the Course Collegiate and (subject to positive evaluation by the Collegiate) in front of a Committee composed by Italian and foreign experts on the thesis topic. Intermediate results at the end of the second year are to be presented as a department seminar. During the second and third year up to 18 months can be spent at an University or other highly qualified institution abroad. In this case the grant is 50% more, for the whole period spent abroad. The thesis can be written either in Italian or in English.
Broad areas of research include:
Admission is by competition which is open to people of all ages and citizienship who already have a Diploma di Laurea (vecchio ordinamento) or Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale (nuovo ordinamento), issued in Italy, or an academic qualification of equivalent level issued by a foreign university and recognized by the academic authorities, or by interuniversity agreement of cooperation and mobility.
Most available positions are supported by scholarships from the University of Padua or from other institutions (awarded on the basis of qualifications only). The annual scholarship amounts to around 13,638 euros. For periods of study abroad (up to 18 months) the scholarship value is increased by 50%. Moreover, the School contributes to travel and living expenses abroad, subject to budget availability. Special additional grants for non-Italian students (awarded on the basis of qualifications only) are awarded by the CARIPARO Foundation. These grants include all University and Department fees, full board at the University accommodation and provide an additional personal scholarship of 13,638 € for year for a total of 3 years.
The China Scholarship Council (CSC), offers n. 1 scholarship to candidates from the People's Republic of China.