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: 31 March 2023.
- Fall deadline: 31 August 2023.

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. The candidates invited to take part into the written exam will receive more information in due course. For the currently open Spring call, the written exam will be held on April 20-21, and the interviews on May 2. For the Fall round, the written exam will happen on September 12-13 and the interviews on September 18.

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, which will be distributed across the two rounds. Admitted candidates at either admission round will start their program with the beginning of the new academic year, on 2 October 2023. Candidates who will not be admitted in the Spring selection can participate into the Fall exam.