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Published on Friday, March 17, 2023


Five Full-time PhD positions (4 years) in Philosophy are available at Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa (IT). The positions are fully-funded and exclusively focused on research (no mandatory teaching).



Five Full-time PhD positions (4 years) in Philosophy are available at Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa (IT). The positions are fully-funded and exclusively focused on research (no mandatory teaching).

The main areas of research at the Scuola Normale Superiore are History of Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of science, Political Philosophy and Aesthetics. Please apply with a project proposal that fit into these research areas, but other projects are equally welcome.

Admission requirements

The Scuola Normale particularly welcomes applications for admission from young applicants who are highly motivated towards research.The application can be submitted by students with any citizenship who:

a) have a master's degree or an equivalent non-Italian qualification, awarded no more than five years before the deadline for the call, that is, by 30th March 2023. All those planning to obtain the qualification required for admission by 31th October 2023 can also apply: if their application is successful, failure to obtain their qualification by that date will invalidate their admission. The eligibility of the non- Italian qualification is ascertained by the call commission, for the sole purpose of selection, in compliance with the regulations in force in Italy and in the country where the qualification was issued and with the international treaties or agreements regarding the recognition of qualifications for the continuation of studies.

b) have no res judicata convictions for a term of imprisonment of more than three years;

c) have not been subject to "expulsion", a disciplinary sanction provided for in the educational regulations of the SNS;

d) are not in possession of a Ph.D. qualification issued by an Italian university, and in any case have not benefited from a scholarship to attend a Ph.D. programme in Italy.


Applications must be registered online through the online procedure in the section dedicated to the call on the SNS website at https://www.sns.it/it/concorso-phd

by 11:59 pm (CEST) of 30th March 2023.

Applications registered by the system after the aforementioned deadlines will not be taken into consideration, regardless of the cause of the delay. We recommend that you check that you have received the notification via e-mail regarding the completion of your application; the SNS is not responsible for any online application not properly completed by applicants. The SNS is not responsible for any malfunctions due to technical problems and/or overload of the communication line and / or of the application systems.

Applicants must state:

  1. a) personal details and contact addresses;
  2. b) possession of the requirements specified above;
  3. c) the level of linguistic competence in Italian and in English, with reference to the EUROPASS grid. https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr

Applicants must also state the name and email address of at least two scholars, from whom the SNS will request a reference letter to support their application. The absence of reference letters does not constitute a reason for exclusion from the application procedure.

Applicants must attach the documents specified below, in PDF format, to their application. The attachments must be written in English or Italian.

  1. a copy of a valid identity document (citizens of countries not belonging to the European Union are advised to attach a copy of their passport, with reference to the pages with photograph, personal details, number, place and date of issue);
  2. a curriculum vitae et studiorum written in the Europass-CV format, available at the following web site: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum- vitae/templates-instructions
  3. the full text of the master’s degree thesis, including an abstract written in English (maximum limit around 15,000 characters, including spaces); applicants who have not completed their master's degree by the application deadline are required to submit an extended abstract in Italian or English (maximum limit around 25,000 characters, including spaces); the extended abstract is also mandatory if the thesis is written in a language other than Italian or English;
  4. the diploma supplement or other equivalent documentation relating to the exams taken and the degree results obtained; applicants who have obtained their qualification in countries not belonging to the European Union must attach a certificate relating to their qualification translated into English if the original is in a different language;
  5. a copy of any publications;
  6. the research project as described in Article 1.10 of this call (maximum limit around 20,000 characters, including spaces) including an abstract in English (maximum limit around 3,000 characters, including spaces);
  7. a separate research project must be submitted for each course for which you intend to apply; applicants who also choose the option for one or more scholarships with specific research topics referred to in Article 1.4 may, in addition, produce separate research projects for each of them.

Assessment of qualifications and exams

Selections will take place in one session.

For assessment, aimed at ascertaining the applicants’ aptitude for scientific research and their basic preparation for the course programme, each admissions commission has one hundred points at its disposal: sixty points for the assessment of qualifications and forty points for the oral exam. Applicants who have obtained at least forty points in the assessment of qualifications will be admitted to the oral exam. In order to pass the oral exam applicants must obtain at least thirty points. Applicants must pass the oral exam in order to enrol in the postgraduate course.

The exams will take place at the sites of the SNS from 21th April 2023;

The outcome of the assessment of qualifications and admission to the oral test will be announced by 14th April 2023.

The commissions must complete their task by 12th May 2023.

Applicants may attend the oral exam in person or, upon request of the applicant, online, with procedures guaranteeing the identification of the applicant and the public nature of the exam.

The results will be published on the SNS web site and on the SNS official online register; this will obviate the need to publish the data.

Selection of candidates will be done in Italian or English (candidate’s option).

The PhD position starts on 1 November 2023.


  • Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
    Pisa, Italian Republic (56126)


  • Thursday, March 30, 2023


  • Lorenzo Bartalesi
    courriel : lorenzo [dot] bartalesi [at] sns [dot] it

Information source

  • Lorenzo Bartalesi
    courriel : lorenzo [dot] bartalesi [at] sns [dot] it


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« PhD positions in Philosophy - Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Friday, March 17, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1ash

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