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 will accept new students through two rounds of admission:
Spring Deadline: 15 March 2021 – Written exam and interviews will be held between 26 April and 4 May 2021
Fall Deadline: 31 August 2021 – Written exam and interviews will be held between 6 and 14 September 2021

All candidates will be first screened based on academic qualifications and support letters; a subset of the applicants will be invited to enter a written exam and, eventually, an interview. Both the written exam and the interview will be held remotely, given that the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might make it difficult to travel to Trieste. The candidates invited to take part into the written exam will receive more information in due course.

The call for Spring admission is open 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.

We have six positions available. Admitted candidates at either admission round will start their program with the beginning of the new academic year, in October 2021. Candidates who are not admitted in the Spring selection can participate into the Fall exam. 

Application FAQs are available on the wiki pages.