Research Doctorate PHD

Suspension or waiver from studies


PhD students can ask for suspension from studies for periods from one month to one year for health and personal reasons. Suspensions are permitted only for months and not for days.

If the request includes two academic years it must be split in two parts. 

The first request in the current academic year and the other in the new academic year.

The request must be submitted at least 15 days before the suspension, using the online service ( section “PhD students career-> Suspension Requests Management”).

The request for suspension from studies is submitted to the Coordinator  and to the PhD secretary . The official end of the PhD course will be extended by the period of suspension from studies.


In the case of maternity, PhD students must suspend PhD activities from two months before the due date and for the three months after, or from the month before the due date and the four months after, if authorized by the consultant of the Italian National Health Service and the university medical officer. 

The request must be submitted at least 30 days before the beginning of the suspension period, using  the online service ( section “PhD students career-> Suspension Requests Management”) uploading  the medical certificate indicating the due date.

The PhD office will approve the request after verify of the documents attached.

At the end of the mandatory maternity period, the PhD student can ask for an additional period of suspension which can last up to a year, including the mandatory leave period.

In order to receive the supplementary maternity leave (about 20%) the doctorate must provide a copy of the social security deposit called "cassetto previdenziale" (Inps website ) and send it to the payroll office: Ms. Silvia Savoldi (

The payment will be the provided in one solution


During the suspension period, doctoral grant instalments will stop and will begin again when the student resumes studying and during the period of course extension, until all the instalments have been paid.

PhD students are invited to provide registration for the new academic year in any case, even in a state of suspension, following the instructions for the renewal of the application.

In the case of PhD students without university grant, if the period of suspension from studies lasts one year, no university fees are due for the academic year of suspension. If the period of suspension from studies overlaps two academic years, total exemption from fees applies to the longest of the two academic years in the period of suspension.

After the whole PhD program, by the personal page (Phd student Career) the Phd student must  enroll for a year called "recupero sospensione", during which the suspended period only will be recuperated.


We inform all Phd students that from 12th December 2016 any instances of waiver of studies must be submitted exclusively online by accessing, through the personal page, to the application Phd students career.

Please note that the waiver of studies is irrevocable and involves the payment of a stamp of Euro 16.00 to be made exclusively by credit card.

The effective date of the waiver must be after the submission of the request if the Phd student is in compliance with the enrolment.

If the Phd student is not in compliance with the enrolment, starting date of the waiver of studies must be equal to the day after the registration of the request.

From the effective date of the waiver all rights to the receipt of the scholarship cease