Sant’Anna School – IUSS Federation: applications for Ph.D. courses are now open, with 80 scholarships for talented graduates worldwide

The 11 Ph.D. courses offered by the federation for 2016/2017 include 80 scholarships for talented students across the world, ready to study and deliver research in international campuses like Pisa’s Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Pavia’s Iuss. The call features 80 fully funded positions for Ph.D. students, financed by Advanced Studies Schools, by Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca, as well as by external public or private bodies. The number of positions and related scholarships will increase if additional funding is allotted.

 The newest 2016/2017 offers include a joint Ph.D. course for a research doctorate in Economics, supported by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Iuss Pavia, alongside a Political science, European politics and International relations Ph.D. course, supported by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and by Pisa, Florence and Siena Universities.

 The Economics Ph.D. course is a four-year international study and research program issuing a joint Sant’Anna and Iuss title in Economics. The didactic sessions are held in English and are located at the Istituto di Economia for Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and in the Cognitive, Social and Behavioural Sciences Area for Iuss.

 The Political science, European Politics and International Relations Ph.D. course focuses on three main areas, i.e. Comparative Politics, European Politics, and International Relations, interpreted through a main common theme in order to study the phenomena of political change affecting both European and non-European countries. For this Ph.D. only, which in a previous round had been funded through eight “Pegaso” scolarships, co-financed by Regione Toscana, the call is being completed and will be published shortly.

 All students in the Ph.D. courses at Pisa’s Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Pavia’s Iuss, both belonging to the federation of the two Schools of Advanced Studies, are supervised by tutors identifying a learning process aimed at enhancing their potentialities and offering them a number of opportunities for a satisfactory professional future, whatever career they may choose.

 Thanks to the internationally-oriented learning process and frequent travels abroad within prestigious partner institutions, Ph.Ds. graduates from the two Advanced Studies Schools can embark in an academic career in research, as well as find good employment opportunities in institutions and companies valuing and promoting innovation and intellectually creative contributions. Post docs placement data are excellent within weeks from graduation, and in three months’ time all post docs are employed.

 To be eligible for the course and be granted one of 80 scholarships, applicants must have obtained or obtain, by 31st October 2016, one of the following: university degree (old system diplomas); a specialist degree or a master degree; a similar academic qualification also obtained abroad, either equivalent or comparable in terms of duration and contents in accordance with Italian laws and deemed appropriate to enter the contest. Applications can be sent online by the different deadlines, which vary depending on the course. Ph.D. courses for 2016/2017 start on 1st October 2016.

Calls, presentation forms and links to online application forms are available here and

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