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 PhD admission competition

 All PhD courses are open to Italian and non-Italian students


All doctoral programmes are open to both Italian and non-Italian 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. The places are reserved in the general ranking lists.
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, 2022;
  • those who were born after October 31, 1990.

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


Site di Pisa

Philosophy 5 places
Italian studies and modern philology 5 places
Classics 6 places
History of Art 5 places
History 5 places
Physics 7 places
of which n.1 on the project 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 7 places, of which
n.1 in collaboration with FPS (Fondazione pisana per la scienza)
and n.1 in collaboration with CNR-Nano*
Neurosciences 5 places

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

Site of Florence

Political Science and sociology 10 places
Transnational Governance 4 places, joint degree with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa



Submission of the applications:

Call Faculty of Humanities

One session: h. 23:59 (CET) of 7 March 2022.

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring session: h 23.59 (CET) 1 March 2022;
  • Autumn Session: h 23.59 (CEST) 25 August 2022.

Evaluation of qualifications:

Call Faculty of Humanities

By 22 March 2022

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring session: by 15 March 2022;
  • Autumn Session: by 8 September 2022.


Call Faculty of Humanities

From 29 March to 8 April 2022.

Call Faculty of Sciences and of Political and Social Sciences

  • Spring Session: from 21 March to 21 April 2022;
  • Autumn Session: from 14 September to 30 September 2022.