About drest


DREST is a residential, full-time PhD program.

DREST trains young scholars through the professional exercise of research as an exclusive commitment, engagement with leading scholars, visits to study centers outside of Italy and Europe, participation in seminars on the classics of historiography, and meetings with prominent academics working on topics of interest of the program. It thus implies the fellows’ continuous, residential and full-time presence in one of the partner institutions, where they attend lectures, seminars, and training and research activities planned by the academic Advisory Board. In addition, they spend no less than a full semester in a foreign institution.

DREST’s goal is to create an open scientific community, appealing to the finest national and international scholars and candidates who, given the current environment of growing religious illiteracy and “religious climate change”, are able to produce scientific knowledge concerning diverse beliefs and approaches to the past.

For the first three cycles, the administrative headquarter of DREST will be at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMoRe), which is also a partner of the consortium.