ADI (Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di Ricerca Italiani)
ADI is a non-profit, politically independent, association founded in 1998, aimed at the defence of PhD students and young researchers rights. Since its foundation,ADI is the only nationwide PhD students organization; it counts today 15 local sections, with additional ones due to open soon.
Recent ADI achievements include the increase of PhD fellowships amount, the partial inclusion of PhD students in pension plans, and the assessment of the degree as a qualification in public selections for school teachers. The objectives of current ADI campaigns are the promotion of a better positioning of PhDs in the job market outside academia, the adoption of a chart of PhD students rights and the improvement of the italian policies for higher education and research in general.ADI pursues its aims through both its permanent delegations in institutional bodies and direct negotiation with the government.