The Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, encourages applications to its PhD programme in Classics. Six 4-year, fully-funded places are available starting from November 1, 2024. They are open to candidates of any nationality who have been awarded their Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject by a recognised institution of higher education in any country no more than five years before May 30, 2024, and before October 31, 2024.

One PhD position is reserved for applicants who have obtained their Master’s degree at a non-Italian university.

Deadline for applications (online only: registration is required): 23:59 (CET), May 30, 2024.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held on or after June 24, 2024. Final results will be announced on or before July 15, 2024.

Bursary amount: euros 18,000 per annum (gross), inclusive of a housing allowance. All meals are offered free of charge in the Scuola’s canteen except during academic holidays. In addition to the scholarship, the Scuola contributes to the expenses incurred for formally authorized study and research activities in Italy and abroad.

Successful candidates are required to acquire a good working knowledge of Italian by the end of the second year of the programme. Language courses are offered at no charge.

Starting date of the programme: November 1, 2024.

Selection procedure:

– evaluation of: CV, research proposal, MA thesis or writing sample from the thesis, publications (if any)

– shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview (in Italian or English); candidates who reside abroad will be interviewed online

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