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How to apply for the Ph.D. courses

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All doctoral programmes are open to Italian citizens and to foreign students.

All students admitted to our doctoral programmes receive scholarships, which include tuition fees and a grant for board and accommodation. The scholarship is guaranteed to students who maintain a high academic level and make significant progress in their thesis work.

All students will be entitled to additional funding for their research activity, even abroad.

For each postgraduate course, a place is reserved for candidates who have obtained a valid qualification, for access to the competition, in foreign universities.

The following candidates, regardless of their citizenship, can apply:

  • those who have obtained a master's degree in Italy or an equivalent qualification in a non-Italian university by October 31, 2020;
  • those who were born after October 31, 1988.

Admission to doctoral programmes will be based on academic assessment of candidates and on interviews.


Site of Pisa


5 places

Italian studies and modern philology

6 places


5 places


5 places

Art History

5 places


6 places


6 places

Computational methods and mathematical models for sciences and finance

7 places

Methods and models for  molecular sciences

4 places


5 places,  1 of which  in collaboration with the  Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL)*


5 places

Astrochemistry (joint course with the Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II)

4 places

 *Scholarship with a specific research topic and site ex. art. 1.4 of the call

Site of Florence

Political Science and Sociology

9 places

Transnational Governance
(joint course with the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa)

4 places



Submission of the applications:

  • Spring session: 11:59 pm (CET) of Thursday, February 27, 2020;
  • Autumn session: 11:59 pm (CEST) of Thursday, 27 August, 2020.

Evaluation of qualifications:

  • Spring session: by Friday, March 13, 2020;
  • Autumn session: by Monday, September 14, 2020.


  • Spring session: from Monday, March 23, 2020 to Thursday, April 23, 2020;
  • Autumn session: from Monday, September 21, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020.


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