Admission procedure

If you are interested in joining the SISSA Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program, please contact any of the professors listed on the faculty members page for further discussion about our research and admission process.

The program accepts new students through the following procedures:

International (non-EU) candidates: selection based on academic qualifications only (no need to attend exams in SISSA)
Deadline 31 March 2017 – Outcome by the end of May 2017

European Union candidates (international candidates can also participate): selection based on academic qualifications, written exam and interview held in SISSA.
Spring Deadline: 29 March 2017 – Exams on 19 and 20 April 2017
Fall Deadline: 31 August 2017 – Exams on 11 and 12 September 2017

Admitted candidates at either exam will start their program on November 6, 2017. Candidates who are not admitted in the Spring selection can participate in the Fall exam. 

To begin the application process, click here. If you run into any technical or logistical problems in the application process, please send an email to and alert one of the faculty as well.

Application FAQs are available on the wiki pages.

Some of the past years' written exams can be found in these archives: 2010-20152000-2009older.