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The University of Padua (Italy) funds promising young researchers | STARS@UNIPD Call opening: 1 December 2022 – Deadline: 28 February 2023

We are pleased to inform you that the University of Padua (Italy) has just launched the fourth edition of the Supporting TAlent in ReSearch@University of Padua – STARS@UNIPD 2023 call for proposals. Such programme supports excellent 30-month research projects to be conducted by outstanding Principal Investigators (PIs) of any nationality choosing Padua and one of its 32 Departments as their working base.

The STARS@UNIPD call aims at encouraging high quality, innovative and ambitious research in all scientific areas, offering support to ground-breaking ideas with definite potential to turn into competitive proposals for international funding, including the prestigious European Research Council grants.

In particular, STARS Starting Grants (STARS-StGs) are designed to fund promising PIs who have defended their first PhD within maximum 5 years (prior to 1st January 2023) and are about to establish their own research team and/or starting their own independent research.

More information about the funding programme are available at

The application deadline is on 28 February 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (Italy time zone).

Please find enclosed a brief STARS@UNIPD Summary.

We would really appreciate if you could circulate the call among young researchers and potential candidates.

Any further clarification requests can be addressed to the University of Padua: