The Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) hereby announces a call for the academic year 2015-2016.The Scuola Normale Superiore PhD School offers fully-funded PhD programs to both Italian citizens and students from outside Italy (international students). The eligible fields of study and research activities under this funding program are as listed below.All eligible applicants fulfilling the required criteria are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Scuola Normale Superiore PhD Scholarships in Italy.
Applications for admission are invited from candidates who, irrespective of their citizenship, have an Italian laurea magistrale or an equivalent degree from outside Italy, or who expect to have obtained the degree required for admission by 31st October 2015: failure to obtain the degree by this date will disqualify the candidate for admission
Admission to the call is restricted to candidates who:
- were born after the 31st October 1985;
- have no past criminal charges against them resulting in a prison term of more than three years;
- have not been subject to the disciplinary measure of “expulsion” as specified in article 20 of the didactic and internal regulations of the SNS;
- are not in possession of a research doctorate issued by an Italian university, and in any case have never benefited from a scholarship to attend a research doctorate course in Italy.
Citizens of ALL countries
The Scuola Normal Superiore (SNS) PhD School, Italy
Fields of study
The list of fields eligible for study is listed below:
- Modern Literature and Philology,
- History of Art,
- Modern and Contemporary History,
- Condensed Matter Physics,
- Financial Mathematics,
- Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences,
- Biophysical Sciences,
- Renaissance Studies, and
- Political Science and Sociology.
All approved courses would be taken at the Scuola Normal Superiore PhD School, Italy
Number of awards
A total of 86 scholarship slots are available
The PhD courses have a duration of three years, save for those in “Biophysical Sciences” and in “Neurosciences”, which have a duration of four years.
All students admitted to the PhD program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend (14,187 euro per year, plus free meals).
Method of Application
The application is based on qualifications and interviews. Candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.
Candidates are admitted to the interview on the basis of an evaluation of their qualifications and of a research project written in Italian or in English.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship and to access the online application form.
Applications for admission to the selection process must be registered on-line by 23:59 CET of the following dates: 28 February 2015, for the spring session or 31 August 2015, for the autumn session.
The on-line procedure will be activated at the section dedicated to the call on the SNS web site at the address http://phd.sns.it/en/. For each session, all applications received and registered on line after the stipulated date and time will be rejected whatever the cause of delay.
The admission interviews can be done in Italian or English; the candidate’s level of competence in the language he is to be tested in must be stated in the application, with reference to the EUROPASS language grid.
The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institution of higher education and research, and is the most prestigious university in Italy . The school was the brainchild of Napoleon in 1810. His aim was to select the best students and provide them with the most favourable conditions to develop their talents.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities rates the School among the top five universities in the world and the first in Europe according to per capita performance. In addition to degree programs, in 1927 the Normale was the first Italian university to set up a PhD School.
Application Deadline: 31 August 2015
Open to International Applicants: Yes
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