PhD Scholarships at Scuola Normale Superiore 341 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Scuola Normale Superiore PhD School is offering full scholarships to all Italian and international students accepted into the PhD programmes in AY 2018-2019. Seventy-eight PhD positions are available, in the following fields:

  • Cultures and Societies of Contemporary Europe (8 places)
  • Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe (10)
  • Philosophy (7)
  • Classics (7)
  • Physics (7)
  • Mathematics (6)
  • Financial Mathematics (3)
  • Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences (5 places, 3 of which is in collaboration with the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
  • Nanosciences (10 places, 1 of which in collaboration with CNR-NANO)
  • Neurosciences (5) and
  • Political Science and Sociology (10 – at the Florence site)

The PhD courses will commence on 1 November 2018, and are of 3-year duration, except for those in Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences, Nanosciences, Neurosciences and Political Sciences and Sociology, which are of 4-year duration. The PhD programmes are taught in English. The courses in “Cultures and Societies of Contemporary Europe”, “Literature, Art and History in Medieval and Modern Europe”, “Philosophy”, and “Classics” are taught in both Italian and English. In each PhD course, 1 place is reserved for candidates who attained their MA/MS (or equivalent) degree in a non-Italian university.


All students admitted to the PhD program receive full financial support amounting to €15,012, which includes tuition, fees, and a lodging allowance. Scholars can apply to use their lodging allowance at the SNS residences. They will also have the right to free meals at SNS and at other approved facilities. Students will also be given additional funds to carry out authorised study and research activities outside the SNS sites.

Those who are citizens of countries outside the European Union will be reimbursed for travelling expenses incurred at the start of the course, up to a maximum of €1,000. They can also request for reimbursement of expenses incurred for their return to their country of residence, within a year from the end of the course, of up to a maximum of €1,000.

As an alternative to the scholarship, successful candidates for those positions with a specific research topic and site could be invited to sign a research contract involving a research grant or a collaboration.


Applicants can be of any nationality but must possess an Italian laurea magistrale (MA/MS) or an equivalent degree from outside Italy or who expect to have obtained the degree required for admission by 31 October 2018. Applicants have to be born after 31 October 1988, have no past criminal charges against them resulting in a prison term of more than 3 years and have not in the past been expelled from an educational institution.

Those who are holders of a research doctorate issued by an Italian university, or who have benefited from a scholarship to attend a research doctorate course in Italy, are not eligible.

Applicants for the scholarship in collaboration with the Istituto di Nanoscienze del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-NANO) must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not have yet been awarded a doctoral degree. They should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications, research project and an interview.


Applications are to be done online by 28 February 2018.

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