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 students ideal conditions to train and develop skills in the field of scientific research.
Enrico Fermi is but one of its famous alumni that comprise three Nobel prize winners, Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Italian Republic and many successful scientists and professionals. The Academic Ranking of World Universities rates the School among the top five universities in the world, and the first in Europe according to the per capita performance.
The mission of Scuola Normale is to select the best students and provide them with the most favorable conditions to develop their talents. They will join researchers and the Normale academic staff to form a community characterized by a constant exchange of ideas, skills, and expertise through an open dialogue both in Pisa and in Florence, the SNS headquarters.
Students who choose to complete their education at the Scuola will find state-of-the-art facilities in the laboratories plus a unique combination of research groups, dedicated faculty, and one of the largest open-shelf libraries in Europe.
Application deadlines and process
All PhD courses will start from November 1, 2016. Interviews will be held on April for the spring session and on September for the autumn session. Application for admission must be made on line in the SNS website by 11:59 PM (CET) of the following dates:
- March 15, 2016 for the spring session
- August 30, 2016 for the autumn session
For each session, all applications received and registered on line after the stipulated date and time will be rejected whatever the cause of delay.
Applicants may contact the SNS Student Services offices for information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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;
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