PhD Positions at Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy

Deadline: 15 March 2016 for the spring session ; 30 August 2016 for the autumn session

Open to: all students of any nationality with a master’s degree

Scholarship value: EUR 15,012 per year and free meals.  All students will be assigned further funding for their research activity and travel.

PhD Positions at Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy


Scuola Normale Superiore has built a reputation as one of the most successful universities not only in Italy, but in an international level in terms of offering to its students ideal conditions to train and develop skills in the field of scientific research. Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), with headquarters in Pisa and Florence, Italy, is one of the most internationally successful universities offering ideal living conditions to students and academic excellence in the field of scientific research.

PhD scholarships this year:

Pisa: Cultures and societies of contemporary Europe, Cultures and societies of modern Europe, Philosophy, Classics, Physics, Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences, Nanosciences, Neurosciences

Florence: Political Science and Sociology (Joint degree with the University of Bologna)


Applications for admission are invited from candidates who, irrespective of their citizenship, have an Italian laurea magistrale (MA/MS degree) or an equivalent degree from outside Italy, or who expect to have obtained the degree required for admission by 31 October 2016 – failure to obtain the degree by this date will disqualify the candidate for admission.

Admission to the call is restricted to candidates who:

were born after 31 October 1986;

have no past criminal charges against them resulting in a prison term of more than three years;

have not been subject to the disciplinary measure of “expulsion” as specified in the didactic and internal regulations of the SNS;

are not in possession of a research doctorate issued by an Italian university, and in any case have never benefitted from a scholarship to attend a research doctorate course in Italy.

Application process

Applications for admission to the selection process must be registered online by 23:59 CET of the following dates: 15 March 2016, for the spring session or 30 August 2016, for the autumn session.

Students interested in applying for the PhD programme at SNS should prepare the following documents in PDF format:

*Copy of a valid identification document,passport for non-European Union (EU) citizens;

*Recent Europass CV;

*Copy of the laurea magistrale(master) degree thesis, possibly with an English abstract. Candidates who have not yet completed their thesis, or whose thesis was in a language other than English or Italian, must present an extended abstract in English;

*Diploma supplement or similar documentation indicating the courses completed and marks and the final degree results obtained;

*Copies of any publications;

*Candidate’s research proposal.

*These documents must be in English or Italian or accompanied by a translation into one of these languages.

*Candidates will also have to provide the name and email address of at least two experts working in the candidate’s field(s) from whom the SNS may request a reference letter.

In order to submit the required documents, students will have to register online and fill in the online application form after the successful registration.

For any questions about the application procedure, please contact the head of the Student Services office Filippo Paoli at email:  [email protected]

Further information can be also obtained from the following Student Service Staff:
Silvia Carresi, +39 050 509663 +39 050 509663,
Raffaella Franceschi, +39 050 509241,
Mario Landucci, +39 050 509237,
Silvia Zappulla, +39 050.509685.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:  [email protected]

For more information please visit the official website.

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