Call for Applicants

The call for applicants, valid for all Politecnico di Milano PhD programs, is published on the Doctoral School website and in the Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, usually in April. The Design PhD program offers a certain number of positions each year, both with and without stipend, as specified in the call. Places will be assigned according to candidates’ ranking in the results of the call. In order to be considered for the call, candidates must meet the admission requirements.


From the date of publication of the call, aspiring candidates will have one month to submit their applications through the dedicated online procedure at:
The full list of documents to submit with the application, the number of positions offered (with and without stipend), and the financial terms are detailed in the call for applicants.
In the following it is presented:
  • The list of Research Themes for the current year
  • Information about the Executive PhD, as doctoral studies co-managed by companies and outside organizations
  • Further information for international candidates is available in the International Programmes section.

Candidate evaluation

Candidates are evaluated by a committee appointed each year by the Design PhD faculty and made up of Politecnico di Milano faculty and/or explicitly selected experts.
Evaluation is based on the following features:
  • academic qualifications and publications,
  • statement of motivation,
  • research proposal.

Research Themes

Find here the research themes for the 2019 Call for Applicants 2019/20 for the XXXV cycle.

Executive PhD

The Politecnico di Milano Doctoral School has set up channels for doctoral studies co-managed by companies and outside organizations (Executive PhD). Admission to the Executive PhD is through the call for applicants.The main difference compared to the traditional PhD program consists in its duration. Rather than three years, it ranges from a minimum of four years to a maximum of six. This is established by mutual agreement between the company and the Design PhD faculty.


The Executive PhD is addressed to:

  1. employees of companies or outside organizations who, while keeping their jobs and salaries, attend PhD program courses and earn their PhD degree;
  2. recent graduates who have been hired by companies or external organizations on a advanced-degree apprenticeship contract for gradual integration into the company while they complete doctoral studies. In this case, the duration of the advanced-degree apprenticeship coincided with the term of studies. Such new hires must be at least thirty years old.

For further information, see the following page on the Doctorate School website.

International Programmes

A core characteristic of the Doctoral Programs of the Politecnico di Milano is their close connections with national and international organizations (manufacturing and service companies, public bodies, universities and research centers).