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RECEPTIO is the only centre in Europe that combines codicological and philological research with the labour market, training codicologists who already have a PhD to work for auction houses and antiquarian bookshops. Every semester we launch a competition for six scholarships to attend this unique course.
The Institute’s diverse research areas and student body form an innovative, cosmopolitan and enriching environment, providing post-doc students with the skills and networks needed to pursue an exciting career.

Course for Codicologists working in Auction Houses and Antiquarian Bookshops

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The selection is open. There is no age limit, but applicants should have obtained their PhD no more than ten years from the date of the appointment. Researchers who have obtained their PhD more than 10 years ago, but are active in the field of codicology or philology are invited to apply on the basis of their Curriculum Vitae and will be tested for admission through a motivational interview. Candidates with a Master's degree who have a strong interest in the object of study will be tested for admission through a motivational interview, too. They will attend the course as auditors.

Admission decisions are based on the quality of the overall application file. The grant consists of €4,000 for each academic year and can be renewed on the basis of the results obtained (click here for more information about the fellowships and the course).
Our selection committees give priority consideration to  achievement and motivation. The achievement is documented using transcripts and recommendations. Motivation factors should be clarified in the cover letter/statement of purpose.


The main language of the course is Italian, but a very good command of English is required to follow the seminars (seminars are also held in French and Spanish).

Deadline: March 2024


The Wayback Recovery Method is taught during the one-year fragmentology specialisation course. Each student is offered the opportunity to publish his or her own digital reconstruction of a dismembered and recovered Book of Hours  in the HoræHours series of our publishing house. The course fee is eight thousand euros per year, which is halved if you get an attendance grant. To obtain the grant, please see the conditions here

Internship & Training Stage at RECEPTIO


Admission decisions are based on the quality of the overall application file. Would you like to do a study internship at our centre? An internship gives you the opportunity to spend a semester in the centre's research activities, working alongside teams involved in projects that are close to your interests. The selection process is very strict and is based on the candidates' CVs. The internship can be combined with the Researchers in Residence programme.

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Online course (in Italian) on  European women illuminators - final exams and certificate of attendance

The course consists of a series of ten online meetings with the teacher (a university professor with expertise in the field), study material, final check and certificate of participation.

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Online course (in Italian) on the History of Western Illumination - final exams and certificate of attendance


The course consists of a series of videos, study material and discussion with the teachers (who are university professors) . It is preparatory to to an in-depth study of the history of the Western illumination with a final check and certificate of participation.


Annual Codicological International Seminar

ECTS credits 

In the academic year 24-25, RECEPTIO is organising once again its annual public seminar on codicology. This year the focus will be on liturgical books. The meetings will be held in person in Lugano (and via Zoom) every Thursday (with training credits for University students at Bachelor and Master level).
The seminar is part of a more articulated Course in Applied Codicology for Auction Houses and Antiquarian Galleries, organised by the RECEPTIO centre over a 3-year period, and is presented as a series of conferences that bring together contributions from speakers from various universities on the theme of
Bibles, Evangeliaries, Breviaries and Books of Hours.


All students, auditors and even occasional visitors to the centre are expected to behave appropriately. In the event of misbehaviour, the centre reserves the right to expel a student or not to admit a visitor (in accordance with the regulations that can be downloaded here)

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