PhD programmes - Cognitive sciences
Doctoral programme
Cognitive and Brain Sciences
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Admission to the Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Admission to the programme is open to all candidates interested in research areas of the CIMeC, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age. Applicants are supposed to have an Italian laurea magistrale university degree or have completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree awarded by end of October 2023. In order to know whether your foreign degree satisfies Italian PhD entry criteria you can request a comparability statement from CIMEA. More details found at Should your foreign degree be deemed suitable for admission to an Italian PhD the CIMEA verification will substitute your Diploma Supplement / Dichiarazione di Valore.

There will be one call for the 2023 cohort and there will be at least 11 fully paid positions and 1 supernumerary one available.

2023 selection program:

1. Call published on April 27, 2023

2. Application deadline: May 31, 2023

Although the online application is open until 4:00 pm Italian time on the due date, we strongly encourage you to complete the application a few days beforehand. If you haven't received a request to confirm your application, and confirmed it by 4:00 p.m., the online application system will block you out and your application will not be considered. No exceptions.

3. Title evaluations: June (TBD)

Title evaluations (candidates need not be present) will take place on or after 25 June. Ranking will be posted on the UNITN website no later than a day or two later.

4. Interviews: June/July (TBD)

Interviews will occur by mid-July at the very latest. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via video-conferencing if preferred, otherwise in presence.

If admitted to the Program, candidates must reply within 8 business days.

5. Beginning of PhD program: 1 November, 2023

The list of research topics that the Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences is proposing in the 2023 selection is available at

A minimum B2 level English is highly recommended but documentation in support of this is not required in order to be considered for a PhD position.

The Research Statement form available in the download box below is one of the compulsory attachments needed for the online application.

A €15 application fee, payable by credit card, is required in order to apply.

Want to speak with a PhD student to know what the program is like? Feel free to write Maria Bortot (, a 4th-year PhD student at the Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences until the deadline of this call.

application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.documentResearch Statement(DOCX | 24 KB)
application/pdfCall for PhD scholarships 39th cycle CBS_EN(PDF | 315 KB)
application/pdfBando per borse di dottorato 39° ciclo CBS - ITA(PDF | 284 KB)
application/mswordCBS referee form(DOC | 56 KB)

Doctorate in Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Corso Bettini, 31 - Rovereto
(+39) 0464 808617