13 four-year grants will be offered by the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy for its PhD programme. Each grant amounts to 68,000 € (i.e., 17,000 euro per year, net after taxes); for research visits abroad the grant increases up to 50%. Additional substantial extra funding (including a personal budget of 2,500 euro per year) is available for participation to international conferences, schools, workshops, research visits. The language of the PhD programme is English.

The deadline is on the 30th June, 2021.
The call for applications with more info can be found at:

The university is located in one of the most fascinating European regions, the Dolomites. This young university has already established itself as an important research institution, both in Italy and abroad. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, the university is the ninth world’s best small university and it is the second best young Italian University, and its Faculty of Computer Science is ranked among the 150 best Computer Science departments worldwide (in absolute terms) and it is the 21st best Computer Science department worldwide for scientific citations. According to the same ranking, the Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is the third best Italian computer science department, it is the best for international outlook Italian computer science department, and it is the best for citations Italian computer science department.

At this time of global uncertainty, you may be wondering whether your application to the PhD programme will be affected. The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is in constant contact with the competent authorities to monitor the development of the COVID-19 emergency to provide the adequate preventive actions for the university community. All interviews for short-listed candidates will be held online. It is possible that by November 2021, when the PhD programme starts, some restrictive measures may be in place: the university will support new students to go through the initial process as smoothly as possible. In any case, we are committed to continue our research and supervision at the usual high quality level.

The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data of the faculty is widely recognised as one of the internationally leading groups in Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Representation research, with a synergy between foundational and application-oriented research. Among the various available PhD topics (fully described in the call), the KRDB Research Centre is looking for PhD students interested in:

  1. Logic-based languages for knowledge representation;
  2. Intelligent data access and integration;
  3. Semantic technologies;
  4. Conceptual and cognitive modelling;
  5. Data-aware process modelling, verification, and synthesis;
  6. Business process monitoring, mining, and conformance;
  7. Temporal aspects of data and knowledge;
  8. Extending database technologies;
  9. Visual and verbal paradigms for information exploration;
  10. Reasoning with uncertain and imprecise knowledge.

To get in contact with the KRDB Research Centre and discuss about the opportunities of this call contact prof. Alessandro Artale at

Bozen-Bolzano, South Tyrol

The KRDB research centre is situated in the charming town of Bozen-Bolzano in South Tyrol at the heart of the Dolomites – the pink mountains of the Alps. The nature around the city is a tourist haven for people interested in hiking in the mountains, mountain climbers, biking along the valley and in winter skiing brings millions of turists to the area. The city is trilingual between the major languages Italian and German and the minority language Ladin. Due to the large degree of tourism in the city, the majority of the population also speaks English. The colourful medieval, Gothic and Belle Époque buildings, with their stepped gables, turrets and attractively faded frescoes, have a north European feel. Yet the main commercial street feels Mediterranean, and at Piazza delle Erbe, described with pleasure by Goethe in his Italian Journey, the two flavours meet. Some of the cosiest bars and cafés are hidden behind the stalls of fruit and flowers, spices and cheeses. Bolzano is also the home of Ötzi the Iceman; found in melting glacier ice in 1991 he is one of the oldest human mummies at roughly 5000 years.