PhD scholarships in Italy are available at Scuola Normale Superiore, for the year 2019-2020.

Scuola Normale Superiore (SNU) is a state sponsored university located in Italy with an enrollment of about 600 students. The university was established in the year 810 and is ranked at #161 (WUR) and #204 (QS) in the World university rankings 2019 list. SNU is divided into 3 academic sections; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Humanities and Department of Political and Social sciences.

The undergraduate courses offered at the university include; Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Geology, Mathematics & Information science, Ancient History & Classic Philology, History & Paleography, History of Art & Archaeology, Modern Literature & Philology, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political & social sciences.

PhD courses offered at the university include; Political Science & Sociology, Transnational Governance, Classics Cultures & Societies of Contemporary Europe, Global History & Governance, Literature, Art & History In Medieval & Modern Europe, Philosophy, Physics, Astrochemistry, Data Science, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics, Methods & Models for Molecular Sciences, Nanosciences, Neurosciences.

PhD scholarships at SNU

52 PhD scholarships in Italy are available at SNU for the year 2019-2020, the distribution of these scholarships (35 positions are available at Pisa and 17 at Florence) is mentioned below;

5 positions in Astrochemistry, 6 positions in Italian Studies and Modern Philology, 9 positions in Computational Methods and Mathematical Models for Sciences and Finance, 6 positions in History, 6 positions in History of Art.

Requirements for PhD scholarships

PhD scholarships (starting November 1, 2019) is valid for 4 years and will include lectures, seminars and research activities. For admissions, a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is required, final selection will be based on the applicant’s research project, qualifications and an interview. 1 place for each PhD course is reserved for applicants who achieved a Master’s degree from a non Italian university and at least one scholarship will be awarded with reference to the research areas on the topics of the 2030 UN Sustainability Agenda.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is August 29, 2019.

Candidates are required to enclose the following documents (PDF format);

  • Valid copy of an identity document (Non-EU students should attach a copy of a valid passport, including the pages bearing personal information)
  • Recent CV (Europass format)
  • Master’s degree thesis (accompanied by an abstract)
  • Diploma supplement and/or transcript
  • Copy of research publications (if available)
  • A research project as per the guidelines mentioned in the call for application

All enclosed documents must be in English or Italian; any documents in other languages must be translated. For more information please read the FAQs

Scholarship benefits

The PhD scholarships will be paid in 12 equal monthly installments. For 2018-2019, the scholarship is equal to 17,000 euros which also includes a lodging allowance. The candidates will also have the right to free meals at the university. The PhD students who carry out off-site study and research work will be assigned additional funds. Non-EU candidates will be reimbursed for the traveling expenses incurred for the start of the course (maximum of 1,000 euros) on presenting valid expense receipts and boarding passes.

How to Apply

Complete the application requirements and apply on the official website. The outcome will be published on September 16, 2019 and the interviews for the selected candidates will be held on September 23, 2019. For more details on how to apply for PhD courses visit.

For further information, contact;

Segreteria Allievi <> (Student Office), Silvia Carresi, +39 050 509663, Silvia Zappulla, +39 050 509685. Mario Landucci, +39 050 509237

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