The Gran Sasso Science Institute PhD Programs in Astroparticle Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences 2016, Italy

Publish Date: Jul 06, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2016

Fields of studies 

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), based in L’Aquila, Italy, offers post-graduate training to obtain “Philosophiae Doctor” (Ph.D) degrees in the following fields:

Astroparticle Physics

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in this interdisciplinary and young research field, grown at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The program addresses some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in science today: the origin and the evolution of our universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the study of neutrinos, of cosmic rays, of gravitational waves. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects.
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Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences

The PhD program in Mathematics in Natural, Social and Life Sciences aims to guide graduate students to deal not only with the most classic aspects of Mathematics, such as Partial Differential Equations, Stochastic Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Numerical Analysis but also with emerging new challenges proposed by non traditional domains of application, requiring the development of new tools and inter and multidisciplinary approaches. One additional PhD position will be financed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots (see the following table*).
10 + 1 for the research program in Network Communications in Plant Roots

Computer Science

The PhD program in Computer Science focuses is concerned with heterogeneous distributed systems and their interactions. Different perspectives are offered to provide students with the necessary tools for the design, the implementation, the management and the use of distributed systems. The main research areas of interest are: efficient algorithms for communication networks and social networks, formal methods for systems correctness and analysis, software engineering for efficient and resilient applications.
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Urban Studies and Regional Science

The aim of the PhD in Urban Studies and Regional Science is to address issues related to local development with specific reference to industrial clusters, economic, social and spatial dynamics of cities, regional development, governance of urban policies, the role of knowledge and innovation, social inclusion. The methodological perspective of research and teaching is multidisciplinary, combining regional and urban economics, economic and human geography, spatial planning and sociology.
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Activities and Duration

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.


English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion:

Italian Degree

“Laurea Magistrale” (or “Specialistica”)
or Four or five years degree according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system (vecchio ordinamento)

Foreign Degree

Foreign degrees are considered and their eligibility is assessed by the Selection Committee. For admissions, the minimum duration of university studies is equivalent to four years (full time).
If admitted, foreign degree holders are required to hand in a “Dichiarazione di valore”. This document is not required to apply (see below).

Graduating Applicants

Applicants obtaining their degree by no later than October 31 2016 may apply (both Italian or foreign degree according to the previous description). Applicants will have to send a copy of their degree certificate at by November 20 2016 (for Italian degrees a “self declaration” can also be accepted).


Applicants must fill out the online application form ( and attach the required documents by September 1, 2016, 6 pm (Italian time zone). No other application method will be accepted.
Data and documents entered into the application form are the sole responsibility of the applicant. In the events of false declaration(s), the applicant will not be allowed to enroll/will be expelled in/from the PhD program.

In order to successfully submit the application form, applicants must insert all the data/information and upload the attachments as listed below. We strongly recommend applicants to review the inserted information and uploaded attachments before submitting the application. No changes are allowed to submitted data. Erroneous data and/or attachments will be evaluated as they are submitted.

Please note that applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed application arrives on time. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their application well in advance of the deadline in order to avoid last-minute congestion in the online application procedure.

Attachments To The Online Form, Common To All Phd Programs

Identification Document

Compulsory (on pain of exclusion from the competition)
Signed and dated photocopy of a valid ID document.
ID document is an official public document with the following characteristics: personal information, stamped identity picture, serial number, place and date of release. For non Italian documents, English translation on the original ID is required.
The photocopy must contain all the pages reporting the above mentioned information, all pages must be signed and dated. For foreign applicants the passport is highly recommended.

Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum (CV)

In English or Italian, the CV must indicate the university degree(s) held by the applicant, eventual professional and research activity experience and publications, if any.

Degree certificate

Certificate of the Degree required for admission (as above mentioned):
- EU citizens or NON EU citizen residing in Italy: a copy of the certificate or a self- declaration declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral date, issuing
University and final grade;
- other applicants: certificate declaring the possession of a degree indicating: conferral
date, issuing University and final grade.
For applicants who expect to complete their degree by October 31 2016: certificate or self-declaration (only for EU citizens and NON EU citizens residing in Italy) indicating the single examinations taken and grades obtained. Please note that it is compulsory to hand in or send the final degree certificate by November 20 2016 as above mentioned.
In BOTH cases, if the official document released by the university is not available in Italian or English, candidates should also attach a translation of the document under their responsibility.

Academic Transcripts or Diploma supplement

Academic transcript: an official document released by the university detailing the courses/classes taken or subjects studies and related grades.
Alternatively, applicants may attach the Diploma Supplement as defined by the European Commission.

Selection Procedure

Applicants are evaluated by the Selection Committee of the Program they applied for on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise, as evidenced by their academic record and any other pertinent data they submit.
Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic background, skills and scientific value with reference to the subjects of the interdisciplinary program, and their general aptitudes to research. The Selection Committee will also assess the relevance of any publication, the suitability of the candidates CV, the reference letters and any additional special qualifications, educational activities and/or participation in research groups or projects.

The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases:

- Assessment of all application admitted through the online procedure: with the publication on the GSSI web site of the shortlist of the candidates admitted to the interview.
- Interview: once short-listed, applicants will be required to participate in a comprehensive interview in English in order to assess their aptitude for research in the track/curricula for which they have applied, as well as their English proficiency.


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.

FOREIGN DEGREE HOLDERS: Dichiarazione di Valore

Prior to registration, admitted candidates with foreign degree (except degree obtained in France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark) will have to send or hand in the “Dichiarazione di valore” or a document that certifies that the procedure for obtaining such document has been initiated. The "Dichiarazione di valore" is a translation and legal certification issued according to the relevant legislation by a qualified Italian diplomatic or consular representtative in the country where the degree/qualification has been issued, listing all the exams taken and the grades received by the applicant. Temporarily, a proof of the request to the Italian diplomatic or consulate representative may be accepted for “on hold” registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: please note that it may take quite some time to obtain the “Dichiarazione di Valore”. As such, we suggest contacting the Italian diplomatic representative in the country where the degree has been issued as soon as possible in the application process.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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