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PhD Scholarships for Italian and International Students at Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy, 2016

Scuola Normale Superiore is awarding up to 91 fully funded PhD scholarships at Scuola Normale Superiore for the academic year 2016-2017. International and Italian students can apply for these PhD scholarships.

The mission of Scuola Normale is to select the best students and provide them with the most favorable conditions to develop their talents.

Since its foundation in 1810, the Scuola Normale Superiore has built a reputation as one of the most successful universities – not only in Italy, but at an international level – in terms of offering to its student’s ideal conditions to train and develop skills in the field of scientific research.

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The admission interviews can be conducted in Italian or English; the admission interview for the PhD course in “Political Science and Sociology” must be conducted in English. The candidate’s level of competence in the Italian and English language must be stated in the application, with reference to the EUROPASS language grid.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD research programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the following fields:

Lists of Subjects: Classics; Cultures and Societies of Contemporary Europe; Cultures and Societies of Modern Europe; Financial Mathematics; Mathematics; Methods and Models for Molecular Sciences; Nanosciences; Neurosciences; Philosophy; Physics and Political Science and Sociology.

Scholarship Award: All students admitted to their PhD programmes receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of-living stipend. Support is provided to students who remain in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards their PhD degree. All students will be assigned further funding for their research activity and travel. Each PhD course offers scholarships reserved to students who graduated in non-Italian universities.

Scholarship can be taken at: Italy

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this scholarship:-
-Applications for admission are invited from candidates who, irrespective of their citizenship, have an Italian laurea magistrale (MA/MS degree) or an equivalent degree from outside Italy, or who expect to have obtained the degree required for admission by October 31, 2016: failure to obtain the degree by this date will disqualify the candidate for admission. Degrees from outside Italy will be checked, merely for the purposes of the selection process, by the selection committee, in accordance with the prevailing legislation in Italy and in the country where the degree was issued and with any international treaties or agreements for the recognition of degrees for the continuation of studies.
-2.2 – Admission to the call is restricted to candidates who:
-were born after October 31, 1986;
-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 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 benefitted from a scholarship to attend a research doctorate course in Italy.
-The admission interviews can be conducted in Italian or English; the admission interview for the PhD course in “Political Science and Sociology” must be conducted in English. The candidate’s level of competence in the Italian and English language must be stated in the application, with reference to the EUROPASS language grid.

Nationality: International and Italian students can apply for these PhD scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applications for admission are invited from candidates who, irrespective of their citizenship, have an Italian laurea magistrale (MA/MS degree) or an equivalent degree from outside Italy, or who expect to have obtained the degree required for admission by October 31, 2016: failure to obtain the degree by this date will disqualify the candidate for admission.

English language Requirements: The admission interviews can be conducted in Italian or English; the admission interview for the PhD course in “Political Science and Sociology” must be conducted in English. The candidate’s level of competence in the Italian and English language must be stated in the application, with reference to the EUROPASS language grid.

Supporting Material: Candidates must enclose with their application the following documents in PDF format:
-a valid copy of a document of identity (citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union should preferably enclose a copy of a valid passport, including the pages bearing a photograph, personal details, passport number and place and date of issue);
-a curriculum vitae et studiorum in the Europass – CV format, available at the following web site.
-their thesis for the laurea magistrale (MA/MS degree) or overseas equivalent, accompanied by an abstract in the English language; candidates who do not submit their laurea magistrale certificate by the application deadline for admission must present an extended abstract in Italian or English (of not more than around 25,000 characters, spaces included); the extended abstract is also compulsory when the thesis is printed in a language other than Italian or English;
-a diploma supplement or equivalent document relating to achievement examinations completed and degree grade obtained; citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union and not resident in Italy must enclose a certificate attesting to possession of the degree, the date it was attained, the university that issued it and the final grade; candidates who have obtained an equivalent degree outside Italy in a country not belonging to the European Union must enclose a certificate of attainment of the degree translated into English if the original is in another language;
-a copy of any publications;
-the research project as described in article 1.10 of this call. Candidates must upload a different research proposal for each place they are applying for; candidates applying for the scholarships with a specific research topic, in accordance with article 1.4 of this call, can also add different research proposals for each place.
-All enclosed documents must be in English or Italian; any documents in other languages must be accompanied, under the responsibility of the candidate, by a translation in Italian or English.

How to Apply: Application for admission must be made on line in the SNS website.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2016.

Scholarship Link

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