Ph.D. program presentation

The PhD in Physics is settled at the Department of Physics "Ettore Pancini" of the University of Naples "Federico II" (which is one of the largest research Universities in Italy, and the oldest public University in the World, dated since 1224). It is based in the Department of Physics of the University, but with wide collaborations with several research institutes like INFN, CNR-SPIN and INAF.

The overall scientific community amounts to more than 130 faculty people, almost 100 scientists of the above mentioned research institutes, and many fellows, post-docs and other research assistants. The graduate students are more than 40, in the average, divided in three cycles. In the last years, about 20-30% of the admitted graduate and PhD students are non-Italian.

The research subjects at Department and collaborating institutes cover almost all topics of physics (theoretical, nuclear, sub-nuclear, matter physics, astrophysics, geophysics, biophysics, applied physics, etc.), and in some cases interdisciplinary subjects. For further details, we suggest surfing the web sites of the Department and Institutes given above.

Almost all the PhD students conclude successfully their studies in the standard three-year duration of the program (a master's degree is required for admission) and therefore obtains the PhD degree. In order to achieve the PhD, research results have to be published in peer reviewed international scientific journals.


Prof. Vincenzo Canale (coordinator)

Mr. Guido Celentano (secretary) or



Most recent call

The open call for the Ph.D. program (35th Ph.D. cycle) has the following parameters:

Duration: 3 years

Total number of Ph.D. students admitted: 15

  • with grant: 10 of which 2 reserved to not Italian candidates
  • without grant: 3 of which 1 reserved to not Italian candidates
  • 1 position is reserved to a Chilean fellow
  • 1 position is reserved to a Chinese fellow

Grant sources:

  • no. 7 scholarships from Italian Ministry for University and Research
  • no. 2 from Department of Physics using INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) dedicated funds
  • no. 1 scholarship on IMM funds - Institute for Microlectronics and Microsystems - CNR (not shown in the announcement because it became available on funds provided by the IMM after its publication), aimed at the study of innovative micro-propulsion technologies activated by laser systems for miniaturized satellites. In particular, the activity will focus on two types of micro-propulsion systems associated with laser sources: ablation, and the emission of charged particles (electrons and / or ions). This scholarship is financed with the PON Project: Multi-Mission Modular Platform (PM3), which involves the IMM-CNR in partnership with the OHB-Italy Company.