PhD Scholarships

PhD Scholarships

We want to support academic research and teaching, recruiting the best researchers and 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 the broadening of the horizons of knowledge. For a three year degree, each PhD Scholarship only requires € 76,100, and includes actual effective institutional costs, an annual stipend for each candidate as well as economic resources for purchasing essays, journals and books, and for participating in international conferences. Please contact us at [email protected] for more details and information on the Regina Apostolorum Scholarships Fund. In the following pages we present the most groundbreaking PhD programs and opportunities.



Catholicism and investment ethics

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. 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 questions such as these, the School of Philosophy seeks funding for PhDs on the subject, and the publication of research generated by the PhD program.

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AI, Robotics and Neurobioethics

We are currently living in an age of tremendous research and discovery, knowing more and more about human brain. This exciting time of scientific and technological progress makes it ever more pressing academic investigation on questions arising from neuroscience advancements and therapies. Our Bioethics Faculty wants to face the anthropological, ethical, and social aspects within neurosurgery, implants, robotics, artificial intelligence, and treatments, so to assess their impact on the real meaning of being human. Examining the implications of the neurosciences for human beings and for their self-understanding, PhD researches will contribute to create a multi/inter-disciplinary endeavor for the anti-reductionism promotion. Your support to promote ethically sound research on such an innovative field is extremely desire and will contribute to the advancements for better orienting our society.

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Ratzinger Studies

The PhD program on Ratzinger Studies seeks to engage the most fundamental human questions from the theological thought of Pope Benedict XVI. We want to foster the dialogue between the Church and the “modernity” for enhancing the relevant presence of the former in contemporary society. For Pope Benedict XVI, interreligious dialogue is essential to the Church, as a fundamental element of its identity and mission. For the Christians, interreligious dialogue stems from a specific vision of the person, of the universe, and of history that is shaped by the Christian faith and is therefore theological. The PhD research on Ratzinger Studies will contributing in re-thinking and analyzing the present historical context, casting light to future generations.

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Covenant for Men & Women

Today men and women are called also by Pope Francis to collaborate on behalf of the society. This call means establishing true covenant, not only in marriage but also in culture and politics, in workplace, in economy, and in the Church. Deepening reflection about human identity, and the meaning of sexual corporeity, has a double-folded purpose: institutionalizing the academic research and disseminating its results. For this, we ask philanthropists and benefactors to support the establishment of a PhD Scholarship for a gifted candidate interested in deepening originally and wisely the topic of “Man and Woman Covenant”.

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Nuptial Theology: the body

Adam and Eve were created as gifts to one another. Their very bodies made this truth known. It was through their masculinity and femininity that they could express total self-giving. This is called “the nuptial meaning of the body.” The nuptial meaning of the body is central to Pope Saint John Paul’s theology: he referenced it numerous times throughout his catecheses. The PhD candidates through this topic will analyze how bodies make visible what is invisible in the world: through bodies we are called to be selfless and self-giving, for example, in the conjugal union. We cannot serve others unless we have a physical self to serve with. Man can only discover himself through a sincere gift of himself. This is at the heart of Christ’s teaching. It is also the heart of the Theology of the Body.

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Romano Guardini and renewed humanism

In our contemporary society, too often marked by radical contrapositions and unilateral visions, the philosophical and theological method developed by Romano Guardini can help with a wider and more balanced perspective, very much needed for the New Evangelization.  We seek to engage benefactors and philanthropists in supporting the efforts of PhD candidates aimed at a systemic and integrated research on Guardini’s thought on the human person, religion, culture and education, dialoguing with contemporary currents of thought. As in Guardini’s vision, 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 view of the world and an effective capacity for dialogue.

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Personalist Bioethics

Every year, our the School of Bioethics attracts students from all around the world. The most talented of our students are young people, often committed to pursuing an academic career, or established professionals interested in deepening their knowledge in bioethics. All of them have 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 countries as well. This fund is set up to help prominent candidates to develop their academic research and have a significant impact in spreading personalistic bioethics.

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