Ph.D. Scholarships

Ph.D. Scholarships

We want to support academic research and teaching, recruiting the best researchersand professors through incentives for PhD programs. Furthermore, by attracting the most promising candidates from abroad, we hope to broaden our team of researchers and through new ideas and perspectives, offer the world incisive research and publications for broadening the horizons of knowledge.

For a three-year degree, each PhD Scholarship only requires €70,000, and includes actual  effective academic institutional costs, an annual salary for each candidate as well as economic resources for purchasing essays, journals, books and for attending international conferences.

In the following pages we illustrate some strategic PhD programs and opportunities.




At such a critical precipice for our society, it is imperative that we thoroughly understand the ethical implications of our neuroscientific advancements to better orient our society. For supporting and increasing the scientific consistency of our research, benefactors can contribute establishing a PhD scholarship for a talented
researcher who will be hosted by our School of Bioethics.
Since 1973, the Neuroethic has continuously developed as a systematic reflection, study, and interpretation of neuroscience and related sciences of the mind, in order to understand its implications for human self-understanding and both the perils and prospects of its applications.
Our Research Group in Neurobioethics is committed to providing a comprehensive overview of the international neuroethical debate, offering unprecedent insights into the impact of neuroscientific research, diagnosis, therapy, and enhancement. The Research Group organizes “Brain Week” at our Athenaeum, as one of its most groundbreaking activities.
This exciting time of scientific and technological progress makes it ever more pressing to fund research encouraging academic investigation of the necessary ethical, social and political questions arising from the continuous advancements and therapies in the field of neuroscience

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)





What, then, are the Catholic Tradition’s criteria for ethical investment, and do they stand under scrutiny in a secular society?
Furthermore, do investments following these criteria perform well?
To answer the above questions, the School of Philosophy intends to fund three PhDs on this subject and the publication of the research generated by the PhD program. Through these research initiatives, the School of Philosophy hopes to provide individual investors, financial advisers, and fund managers with revised criteria for ethical investment.
Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) is on the rise. More people want to make sure that their investments are not only doing well but also doing good. The most common strategy is to assess companies not only by their performance but also by their environmental, social, and governance policies (ESG). Nevertheless, the devil is in the details. While most investors accept the general ideals behind ESG investing, there can be a lot of disagreement over which market activities and corporate policies are good or bad for society. This is true of Catholics, who have their own distinctive views on integral human development and social justice, particularly when it comes to marriage, the family, and healthcare.
As part of a Pontifical Athenaeum, the School of Philosophy can bring its expertise in the Catholic tradition to analyze, with help of social scientists and financial practitioners, the current ethical challenges of SRI.

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)




Every year, our prestigious school attracts students from all around the world. The most talented of our students are young people often committed in pursuing an academic career or previously established professionals who have decided to further their studies in bioethics.
All of us felt the call to be protagonists in the Culture of Life. Our international PhD program is set up to encourage international and multiethnic involvement in the study and research of bioethics by facilitating students coming from developing nations as well. This fund is set up to help prominent candidates to develop their academic research and have a significant impact in spreading personalist bioethics.

3 years – Total cost: € 350,000 to support 5 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)







Relativism today has assumed the role of a civil religion in the West. The distinction between true and false seems to have been abolished. Everything is, to some extent, negotiable.

“We are building a dictatorship of relativism,” Joseph Ratzinger declared in his homily at the opening of the 2005 conclave, “that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate standard consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.”

Our commitment is evangelizing culture and society developing innovative research, remaining rooted in fidelity to Church teaching.
In terms of innovation, Ratzinger opens theology to today’s world, because he speaks easily to men and women from wide-ranging and even diverging currents of thought. Ratzinger fresh and intuitive approach is fascinating, going beyond dogma. He articulates perennial values central to mankind’s greatness, yet always accompanied by tolerance and humility because truth reigns, not through violence and imposition, but rather through its own power.

Since Ratzinger’s thought converges in many aspects with our mission and vision, we initiated this PhD project in the context of the evangelization of culture. The project is designed to open up new horizons for students and scholars and proposes the integrated vision of such a leading contemporary theologian. Following Ratzinger’s thought, future Christian leaders will be taught to dialogue with contemporary society, effectively infuse perennial values in debates, and spread truth among opinion leaders, professionals, and intellectuals.

We want to engage benefactors over a period of three years, offering them the opportunity of contributing to the growth of research of this thought; a project which has received express encouragement from the Pope-emeritus.

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)




Today’s pluralistic world, despite widespread secularization, finds itself with ongoing and sometimes polarizing interest towards faith, religion, and spirituality.
At the Regina Apostolorum, we are passionate about fostering dialogue between the Church and contemporary currents of thought. We pursue to properly understand and interpret the religious phenomenon, from a Christian philosophical and interdisciplinary framework, to aid in the fields of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, ecumenism, and the New Evangelization.
In our project, awareness, understanding, critical reflection and education are keywords. The current project originates from the need to do research in the field of religious experiences outside of our religion of reference (Christianity) and to liaise worldwide with other scholars, who are dedicated to a similar research. It also hopes to translate this research into enriched lectures and formative activities for the students of Regina Apostolorum. The final aim is to form a more integrated and solid science of religion, faith, and spirituality, integrated with Christian philosophy and theology.
Through offering Ph.D. scholarships, the Schools of Philosophy and Theology will support burgeoning scholars in interdisciplinary research, with a keen sensibility and desire for understanding religious experiences even outside our religion of reference (Christianity), applying, at the same time, critical reflection and integration with Christian philosophy and theology. In general terms, pride of place will be given to foundational questions – What is religion? What is faith? What is spirituality? – especially in a relativistic and often critical cultural context.
Our Donors, contributing to these research opportunities, will also help to enrich the Schools with greater expertise in inter-faith, interreligious, and inter-spirituality phenomenology, and philosophical reflection. Furthermore, it will facilitate the formation of students (future pastoral agents) in appreciating and creating interfaith, interreligious, and inter-spirituality dialogues from a solid Catholic and humanistic perspective.

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)





The School of Philosophy at Regina Apostolorum has a passion for evangelizing culture by means of research, trying to impact culture through positive currents of thought and action. A fruitful springboard in this regard lies in paying special attention to the thought and work of influential Catholic intellectuals of the past one-hundred years.
Through financing Ph.D. scholarships, our donors incentivize not only academic research on the work of specific Catholic intellectual leaders of the 20th century but also on the application of their reflection on the human person, religion, culture, politics, and education. Such research fosters dialogue between the Catholic worldview and contemporary currents of thought, integrating metaphysics and history, faith and reason, science, and religion, in
order to answer the urgent questions arising in today’s globalized and pluralistic world. The proactive engagement of young minds in tackling the big questions with an integral philosophical-theological approach will aid in forming students and future teachers to acquire a balanced and harmonic view of the world and an effective capacity
for dialogue.
Catholic intellectual giants such as Joseph Ratzinger, Jacques Maritain, Étienne Gilson, Romano Guardini, Alasdair MacIntyre, Cornelio Fabro, Christopher Dawson, Henri-Marie de Lubac, and others, have given Christians speculative and practical tools for dialoguing confidently with the modern and postmodern world. A methodological rigorous study of how individual Catholic thinkers have articulated an attractive and humanizing Catholic worldview
for a century marked by grand scientific and technological advances and humanistic endeavors, but also by unprecedented conflicts and miseries, is essential in forming the Catholic intellectuals and leaders of the 21st century.

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)





For many centuries, but particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, the existence of a plethora of philosophies has become a great challenge to scholars and to men and women desirous of true wisdom.
How should we navigate the waters between such diverse approaches as phenomenology and structuralism, existentialism, and postmodern critical theory, neurophilosophy and philosophy of information, and so on?
One temptation – often manifest in certain types of Christian theology – is an eclectic mixture of these currents, without proper philosophical discernment of their explicit or implicit theoretical foundations. Another common temptation is to simply ignore or pass off the questionings of the current epoch, giving up in the face of the challenge of rigorous speculative thought, and thereby falling into the repetition of traditional formulas.
The School of Philosophy is convinced that opting out of rigorous metaphysical thinking is not an option for Catholic intellectuals and leaders of today. The Christian metaphysical tradition – perhaps best exemplified in the thought of St Thomas Aquinas and his intellectual successors – is deep and fecund and has proven enduring value. Yet, the challenge for young scholars is to attentively study this wisdom, avoiding prefabricated answers when applying
it to contemporary issues. Benefactors of Ph.D. scholarships in metaphysical research in the Christian tradition will contribute greatly to the strengthening of engaging and coherent dialogue with modern sciences, religious thought, and the existential hopes and fears of today’s men and women.

3 years – Total cost: € 210,000 to support 3 Ph.D. scholarships (€ 70,000 each)


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