Preparatory PhD Fellowships at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

Deadline: 30th April 2012
Open to: Young candidates coming from non European Union countries soon after completion of their undergraduate studies
Fellowship: € 1000,00 monthly net


Postgraduate training and leading-edge research in various areas of Physics, Mathematics, and Neurosciences are the objectives of SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste. SISSA was the first Italian university to offer the PhD degree, and has continued to do so with notable success. Since its founding in 1978, SISSA has prepared more than 900 young people for careers in research and teaching: today SISSA represents one of the leading scientific institutions in Italy and a noted center on the international stage.

SISSA offers training fellowships to young candidates coming from non-European Union countries to participate in the entrance exams of the following Ph.D courses:

Field Available Places Starting Date
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Analysis 1 15th June
Mathematical Physics and Geometry 2 15th June
Astroparticle Physics 1 15th June
Theory of Elementary Particles 1 15th June
Cognitive Neuroscience 3 1st September
Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems 3 1st September
Theory and Numerical Simulation of the Condensed Matter 1 1st September



The School welcomes applications from young candidates coming from non European Union countries soon after completion of their undergraduate studies with a strong interest in research even if without previous specific experience. Before sending their request to participate in the “Excellence Program”, candidates will have to submit and complete their online application for the same PhD course(s).
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Amount and duration of the fellowship

  • Amount of the fellowship: € 1000,00 monthly net
  • Duration of the fellowship: 3.5 months

The School will provide a pre-paid ticket of the maximum amount of 1.000,00 €. Should the cost of the
ticket exceed € 1.000,00, the difference will be deducted from the first instalment of the fellowship.


Applications must reach the School by post or fax (in the last case a copy of an identity document will have to be included in the application) no later than 12.00 hrs. of 30th April 2012. Applications by e-mail will not be accepted.
Applications will be evaluated by a committee by the end of the month of the deadline. Admitted candidates will be promptly informed by email.
It is strongly suggested, that candidates applying to the fellowship starting on June 15th contact the Italian Embassy in their country well in advance in order to get an appointment to get the visa in time to reach SISSA for the beginning of the training.
Applications should be sent to the following address:

Via Bonomea, 265
34136 Trieste
Tel. 040-3787452 – Telefax 040-3787466
E-mail: PHD@SISSA.IT (for information only)
More information available at

The Official Website

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