PhD Programs at Gran Sasso Science Institute – Call for Applications 2016, L’Aquila, Italy

Publish Date: Jun 30, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2016

About the PhD program at Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

The PhD programs last three years.

GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years.

The yearly amount of the scholarship is of € 16.159,91 gross (an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Official language of the PhD Programs: English Activities start on November 1st 2016.

Facilities and benefits

• all PhD students will have tuition fees waived;

• all PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement);

• all PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers (1 per day, working days, except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules);

• all PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities.Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion:

Please note that the submission of an application to the GSSI PhD degree in the different programs of the school has to be intended as an application to a selection procedure. Depending on the number of applicants and on the selection criteria, decided by the Selection Committee, candidates will be shortlisted for a skype interview (shortlisted candidates may also choose to come to L'Aquila at their own expenses). 

Details about fellowships, scholarships and more  for PhD students at Gran Sasso Science Institute


All applicants admitted to the GSSI PhD courses will benefit of the GSSI fellowships, benefits and facilities, as detailed in the call for applications.

Application Instructions
The questions within each section should be completed in order. Once you have begun working on your application form, you can save your work and, using your email address and password, coming back later to complete your application. Fields tagged with (*) are mandatory. The application procedure can be considered as successfully completed only after receiving the confirmation email, with a short summary of your data and the files you uploaded in attachment.

Application Materials
The documents you need to submit are:

  • copy of the University title certificate
  • academic transcripts (list of courses with grades)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • a copy of a valid Identity Document (ID) signed and dated.

These documents, common to all applicants, must be in pdf or jpg format and each file size should not exceed 3Mb.

Depending on your program choice several additional materials are required, namely:

  • PhD in Astroparticle Physics
    no additional materials required.
  • PhD in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences:
    a single file (pdf or jpg, 3Mb maximum size) containing a synthetic report of the core courses attended in the following topics: Partial Differential Equations, Probability - stochastic processes, Functional and Numerical Analysis.
  • PhD in Computer Science
    a single file (pdf or jpg, 3Mb maximum size) with a motivational letter describing the past studies and the acquired expertise, a brief research project outlining the research challenges to consider for the PhD thesis, the reasons for choosing GSSI for the PhD studies.
  • PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science:
    (i) Motivational letter, (ii) abstract of the master thesis in english (pdf file, 2,000 words in length).

Admission Process

General ranking list and evaluation results will be published on the GSSI web site:

The list will indicate the names of the applicants who have been admitted to the different PhD Programs. In the event of forfeiture or exclusion of a candidate within 45 days from the date of beginning of the program, she/he shall be replaced by the next suitable candidate according to the ranking.


Once admitted to the PhD Program, candidates who wish to enroll must download the enrollment form given by the GSSI administration, fill it in, and submit it in person, by mail to GSSI, Viale F. Crispi n. 7, 67100 L’Aquila – Italy or by email within 10 days from the notification of the results on the GSSI website. All documents required for the enrolment have to be enclosed; otherwise, the request will be rejected.

Admitted applicants who do not send the enrollment form within the deadline will automatically forfeit their place in the program. In the event that any of the documents downloaded during the application procedure do not correspond those submitted during enrollment due to deliberate false declaration, the applicant will automatically forfeit his/her place in the program. Please note that enrollment is effective ONLY starting from your arrival at GSSI (no later than the first day of official classes). Unauthorized absences may nullify the enrollment procedure.

Call-PhD-XXXII.pdf-5a478 - Here You can find details about PhD program

For more detailed information please downolad attached file and moreover click on "Further Official Information".

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