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Ca' Foscari, a window on and for the world

As a leading research university, Ca’ Foscari strives to shape a world–class scientific profile, leveraging the best skills in the fields of our tradition to explore new, cutting-edge research directions at the frontiers of disciplines. In the last few years Ca’ Foscari has set out a new research agenda designed around a selection of well-defined topics of global scope and impact with the aim to attract the best talents worldwide through a strong international process of recruitment.

To enhance international recruitment Ca’ Foscari fosters 5 actions:

1) SPIN: Supporting Principal INvestigators

With the purpose of promoting impact research and strengthening Ca’ Foscari University attractiveness for the best international researchers and professors, in 2018 Ca’ Foscari has launched a new initiative: SPIN - Supporting Principal INvestigators. The scope of this call is to receive proposals to fund research projects with a maximum duration of 24 months in all scientific areas available at Ca’ Foscari.

2) ERC Grantees Recruitment

Ca’ Foscari is constantly hiring ERC awardees as associate and full professors.
The Principal Investigator has the right to require the transfer of the research project to a new beneficiary, as long as the research objectives of the project are preserved.
Grant portability is likely to further empower researchers giving them freedom to bring their research and research team with them.
Ca’ Foscari has a long experience in moving project and provides full support to the researcher, giving benefits for a faster integration and incentives to guarantee excellent recruitment and working conditions.

Please contact if you want to move your project to Ca’ Foscari.
Meet all our ERC grantees!

“I am happy to have chosen Ca’ Foscari as host institution for my ERC Grant. Administration and Faculty struck me from the very beginning for their dynamism and enthusiasm. Timing is everything in the portability a ERC project and they were extremely experienced and efficient in handling all the operations, but also attentive in creating a welcoming academic environment for me and my team. I was honoured to accept their offer as Associate Professor, which I am sure will allow me to develop my scholarly career at its best”.

Sabrina Marchetti, P.I. of ERC Starting Grant “DomEQUAL”

3) Open call

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice periodically seeks applications to fill permanent, full-time positions in various fields.

Eligible applicants must have been employed as permanent faculty members or research staff by a foreign university or research institute for at least three consecutive years by the time of the call deadline.
We seek individuals with a strong research commitment, an outstanding portfolio of international publications, and a proven teaching record in the field associated with the post.
Experience in leading research groups, conducting/coordinating international projects, and a proven attitude to raise research funding are highly valued.

4) Tenure-Track Position for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowships

Global Fellowships are open to researchers currently within or outside Europe who want to move to a Third Country and then come back to an EU Member State or Associated Country.
The duration of the fellowship is 24 to 36 months and primarily covers the salary of the researcher. Global Fellowships are awarded to the most promising researchers, who want to benefit from training abroad (mobility rules).

Ca' Foscari can offer a tenure-track position to researchers who have been awarded a three-year Global Fellowship.
If you want to apply for MSC-Global Fellowship at Ca’ Foscari please contact our International Research Office at

“I am very grateful to Ca’ Foscari academic staff and research office for supporting me during the application of the project “GYSIART - A cultural history of comparative art practices and receptions in Cold War Europe (1945-1991)”, granted in 2017 with a three-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. Upon the obtainment of the fellowship, [...] it was possible to open a three-year tenure-track position as researcher.

This opportunity is providing me a ground-breaking enhancement and concrete perspectives in my future scholar career.”

Matteo Bertelè, Associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage

5) "Rita Levi Montalcini" Young Talents Programme

With the Law 962/2015 [ITA], the Italian Government establishes the “Rita Levi Montalcini Programme” for young researchers.

Ca’ Foscari seeks young talents for tenure-track positions in humanities, modern languages, economics and management, computer and environmental sciences, but encourages cross-disciplinary researches on global challenges.
Ca’ Foscari promotes the expressions of interest and applications for “Rita Levi Montalcini Programme”. providing all information and a full support tho those who wish to apply. Contact us at

“After five years of comings and goings with the United States, especially at the University of California (UCLA and Berkeley), and about two years in the UK at the University of Oxford, I decided I would invest again in Italy. The Levi Montalcini fellowship allowed me to bring my experience in first-rank international research institutions to a first-rank Italian university, with the idea of turning Ca’ Foscari into a global research and teaching hub.”

Simon Levis Sullam, Associate Professor of Contemporary History


The international recruiting is aimed to enhance our research output and international standing, to promote the collaborative action among groups and individuals within our faculty and to increase our access to competitive research funding.
Knowledge of the Italian language, although considered a practical advantage, is by no means a requirement. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Send us your cv (with a complete list of publications) at!

Tax benefits

Professors and researchers

Professors and researchers who have carried out their research activities abroad for at least two consecutive years and who move to Italy acquiring tax residency, are entitled to significant tax benefits.

In detail, they can benefit from the exemption from payment of personal income tax on 90% of the income received by the Italian university employing them, if they are hired with the role of "Professore" or "Ricercatore".

Italian citizens not registered to AIRE (Registry Office for Italian Citizens Residing Abroad) are also entitled.

Benefits are applied to the tax period when the researcher becomes "tax resident" in Italy and in the following 5 tax years, provided that he/she remains a tax resident in Italy. The exemption is extended beyond the minimum duration under the following circumstances :

  • 8 years, in case of dependent child (pre-adoption foster care is envisaged too), or when purchasing a house in Italy. The purchase can be done prior to the tax residency acquisition (up to 12 months) or after the person become tax resident in Italy
  • 11 years, in case the professor/researcher has at least 2 dependent children
  • 13 years, in case the professor/researcher has at least 3 dependent children.

Estimated amounts are available in this document (to be downloaded).


Administrative and technical staff

The Italian tax system also grants tax incentives to administrative and technical staff who move their residence to Italy. So-called "impatriate" workers (managers and workers with high qualifications and specializations, graduates who have worked abroad, and students who have obtained an academic qualification abroad) are entitled to a minimum 5-year exemption on 70% to 90% of their personal income.

General information is provided by the Italian Revenue Agency.

Last update: 26/07/2021