Every year the Astrophysics PhD curriculum hires 5/6 students to attend a three to four year PhD program. The students are selected according to an oral test. Application deadlines, dates and number of available positions of the entrance examinations are periodically posted on the PhD announcements webpage, where you can also download the application forms. SISSA makes a contribution towards the travel expenses for attending the exam. Enrollment of all the new students at SISSA and the beginning of classes in the Astrophysics Curriculum will take place in the first decade of November. The normal duration of the PhD program is three years. A fourth year may be allowed when suitably justified. The initial part of the PhD program is based on course work which is considered to be an integral and necessary part of the research training (see the Teaching Activity program of the current academic year).

Application procedure for EU and non-EU citizens

Candidates must apply to be admitted to the standard entrance examination. There are two examination sessions each year usually in April and October. The deadline for applications is around a month beforehand. Examinations consist of a selection based on academic and scientific qualifications and an oral interview. The outcome is usually known on the same day. Candidates must send a paper application form that can be downloaded from the official SISSA announcement web page.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union have two possibilities to be admitted to SISSA as a PhD Student:

  • to pass the regular entrance examination in Trieste (in this case the application procedure is the one described above for European citizens).
  • to pass a Spring preselection based on academic and scientific qualifications. Students selected in this way will therefore enter the School without taking the regular entrance examination, but will be expected to pass a qualifying examination within the first year of the PhD. Candidates interested in participation in this preselection should send a paper application form that can be downloaded from the official SISSA announcement web page.

Further information can be found on the Regolamento Didattico of the Astrophysics curriculum (Italian only) and on the Regolamento Didattico of SISSA PhD courses (Italian only).

Contact us

To get more information and the deadlines for sending your application, please contact us.

Students Secretariat
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