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 2018 – Outcome by the end of May 2018

European Union candidates (international candidates can also participate): selection based on academic qualifications, written exam and interview held in SISSA.
Spring Deadline: 2 March 2018 – Exams on 16 and 17 April 2018
Fall Deadline: 31 August 2018 – Exams on 13 and 14 September 2018

Admitted candidates at either exam will start their program on November 5, 2018. 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.

To give you an idea of what we typically search for in applicants to our PhD, some of the past years' written exams can be found in these archives: 2018, 2017, 20162010-20152000-2009older.