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How to apply for the Ph.D. courses

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Prerequisites

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

All students admitted to our doctoral programmes receive a scholarship, which includes a grant for accommodation. Students are also entitled to free meals at the School's facilities.
The payment of registration fees is not required, and the regional tax for the right to study is refunded to the students.

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

For each PhD course, a place is reserved for candidates who have obtained a valid qualification, for access to the competition, in foreign universities. For the Faculty of Humanities the reserved places are assigned with a specific call (Call reserved to graduated abroad), in the Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences the places are reserved in the general ranking list.

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, 2021;
  • those who were born after October 31, 1989.

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

Places

Site of Pisa - Faculty of Humanities and of Sciences

Philosophy

6 places

Italian studies and modern philology

5 places

Classics

5 places

History of Art

5 places

History

6 places, of which

n.1 in collaboration with the University of Catania

Physics

7 places, of which

n.1 on the project EU ERC “ASYMOW” *

Mathematics

6 places

Computational methods and mathematical models for sciences and finance

7 places

Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences

4 places

Nanosciences

8 places, of which

n.1 in collaboration with Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza ONLUS,
n.1 in collaboration with Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.*
and n.1 on the project EU ERC “CAPTUR3D" *

Neurosciences

5 places

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

Site of Florence - Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

Political Science and sociology

10 places

Transnational Governance

4 places, joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa

Deadlines

Submission of the applications:

Call reserved to graduated abroad, Faculty of Humanities

One session: h. 23:59 (CET) of 22 February 2021

Call Faculty of Humanities

One session: h. 23:59 (CET) of 14 June 2021

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring session: h 23.59 (CET) 1 March 2021;
  • Autumn Session: h 23.59 (CEST) 26 August 2021.

Evaluation of qualifications:

Call reserved to graduated abroad, Faculty of Humanities

By 11 March 2021

Call Faculty of Humanities

By 30 June 2021

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring session: by 15 March 2021;
  • Autumn Session: by 9 September 2021.

Interviews:

Call reserved to graduated abroad, Faculty of Humanities

From 17 March to 31 March 2021

 Call Faculty of Humanities

From 5 July to 29 July 2021

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring Session: from 22 March to 22 April 2021;
  • Autumn Session: from 15 September to 30 September 2021.

Contacts

Further information
  • phd@sns.it