PhD in Understanding and Managing Extremes, Italy

Deadline: 11 April 2014
Open to: candidates with University degree in related field, professional experience and English proficiency
Scholarship: 1,000 EUR/month


The UME (Understanding and Managing Extremes) Graduate School has been set up by the IUSS Pavia (Institute for Advanced Study, Pavia, Italy) to run a number of graduate programmes geared towards the probabilistic assessment and mitigation of risk and post-event emergency management. The key objective is to provide a system within which Masters and Doctoral candidates can study, understand and deal with the consequences of extreme events. The UME Graduate School is hosted at the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE).

The doctoral programme in Understanding and Managing Extremes offers three curricula:

  1. Risk and Emergency Management (REM);
  2. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE);
  3. Weather Related Risk (WRR).


The minimum requirement to apply for the:

  • REM Programme – University Degree, preferably in Engineering, Geophysics, Physics, Economics or similar. Professional experience in risk assessment, mitigation or management will be favourably evaluated.
  • ROSE Programme – University Degree, or past professional experience, in Civil Engineering. Applicant mainly interested in the seismology part of the programme may possess a University Degree, or past professional experience, in civil/environmental engineering, geology, geophysics, physics, applied mathematics, or other similar fields.
  • WRR Programme –University Degree equivalent to Italy’s “Laurea Magistrale”, preferably in Engineering, Geophysics, Physics, or similar. Professional experience in fields related to atmospheric events will be favourably evaluated.

Admission to the programme depends on academic qualifications, past professional experience, reference letters and English proficiency, all of which should be included in the online submission procedure.


Apart from the small regional tax (“diritto allo studio“) no participation fees are foreseen for the UME doctoral programme. In addition, candidates admitted to the UME School are generally awarded a doctoral scholarship worth about 1,000 Euro net per month. The duration of the scholarship is 36 months and can be increased by up to 50% during periods abroad. The scholarship is sufficient for covering all general living and accommodation expenses.


Interested applicants are asked to register with the IUSS online application system, using a valid email address. When filling in the application form applicants will need to specify the curriculum (or curricula) they are applying to.

In order to complete the application form you must upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae et studiorum;
  • Copy of diploma certificate(s) (in Italian or English);
  • Transcript of attended courses and professional qualifications (in Italian or English);
  • Copy of passport or national identity card;
  • English language test certificate (or waiver referring to previous courses, work experience in English speaking countries, etc.).

The applications for the academic year 2014/2015 will close on April 11, 2014, at 12:00, Italian time (CET).

For more information visit the official website HERE. 

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