Admission and fellowships

Admission and fellowships


The School welcomes applications from young candidates soon after completion of their undergraduate studies, with a strong interest in research even if without previous specific experience. To be admitted to the School, candidates must be in possession of one of the following degrees by the of October of the year of PhD course enrollment:

  • Italian laurea or laurea specialistica/magistrale in a scientific subject;
  • A University degree obtained abroad and considered equivalent to the aforementioned Italian degrees by the governing bodies of the School (i.e. M.Sc.).

Entrance Exam

All the information about the exams can be found on the SISSA main website. A contribution towards documented travel expenses with the exclusion of expenses incurred using their own means of transport, of up to a maximum of 150 €, will be given to all candidates participating in the oral exam.


In the framework of the present announcement, a selection reserved to non–EU candidates, based on academic qualifications only, is foreseen.


Candidates Selection

PhD course: Neurobiology
Session: Single
Deadline Online Procedure: 03.09.2018
Exams Dates: 26.09.2018 and 27.09.2018


Fellowships and other benefits

The School awards fellowships for 3 years, extendable for a fourth year subject to approval by the School authorities and to availability of funds.

The yearly amount of the fellowships is, at the moment, of € 15.343,28 gross (11,41% tax).

Candidates may also hold fellowships from other sources, that cannot be held in addition to those awarded by the School. The School may supplement external fellowships if they are of an amount less than those awarded by the School.

  • A contribution towards living expenses of the amount of €100.00 gross per month will be awarded to those who will subscribe a registered rent contract.
  • A contribution towards the expenses to be enrolled in the health insurance system up to € 198.77 will be granted to non-EU students only.
  • A contribution (70% of the amount of the fellowship) may be awarded to students who should be forced to suspend their activity due to illness, maternity or other serious reasons up to 5 months.
  • No tuition fees foreseen.


All those students admitted to the School will receive a telegram confirming their place and fellowship. They will also be asked to be present at the School by the beginning of the courses. Failure to do so without a valid reason will result in the loss of the place and fellowship awarded.

In order to be enrolled and to be awarded the fellowship, admitted candidates must pay a “Regional Tax” of the amount of € 140.00 - € 160.00 per year. Information will be given by the Students’ Secretariat in due time.



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