Every year the Astroparticle curriculum hires 5 students to attend a three year Ph.D. programme. The students are selected according to a written and 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 Elementary Particles Curriculum will take place in the first decade of October. The normal duration of the Ph.D programme is three years. A fourth year may be allowed when suitable justified. The initial part of the PhD programme is based on course work which is considered to be an integral and necessary part of the research training (see the Teaching Activity programme 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 is one examination session each year usually in July. Examinations consist of a written test and an oral interview. The list of problems of past entrance examinations can be found in the Entrance exams section . 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 (see annoucement).

Candidates who are not citizens of 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 be invited by the School to take the regular entrance examination. The School will take care of the expenses of their trip and their permanence in Trieste of two weeks, when also the regular entrance examination will take place. Candidates interested in participation in this preselection should send a paper application form that can be downloaded from the official SISSA announcement web page (SISSA announcement).

Further informations can be found on the Regolamento Didattico of the Astroparticle Curriculum (Italian only) and on the Regolamento Didattico of SISSA Ph.D. courses (Italian only).

Contact us

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

Students Secretariat:
phone: +39 040 3787 452 / +39 040 3787 456
fax: +39 040 3787 466