PhD Programme in "Cognitive and Brain Sciences"
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTION: 35th cycle – academic year 2019/2020

The announcement of selection for the PhD Programme in “Cognitive and Brain Sciences” 35th cycle (a.y. 2019/2020) is available on this webpage in the "Download" Box.

Please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Academic Year begin: November 1, 2019
Programme duration: 4 years
Announcement of selection: published in this webpage on April 17, 2019 (available in the "Download" Box)*
Application online: available starting from April 17, 2019 (go to the Application)
Application’s deadline to participate in the selection: Tuesday May 21, 2019, until 04.00 p.m. (Italian time)

Candidates are warmly recommended to submit their application in advance. The University shall not be considered responsible for any disfunctions due to technical problems and/or overload of the communication line and/or of the OS, for the loss of communication due to incorrect address details or late communication about possible change of address of the candidates, or for any other problem and delay due to third parties, unexpected cases or circumstances beyond one’s control.

Number of positions: 19 (17 + 2 additional*)
Number of grants: 19 (17 + 2 additional*) financed as follows:

  • n. 5 grants financed by the University of Trento;
  • n. 2 grants related to the appropriate funds allocated within the programme “Departments of Excellence (Italian Law 232/2016), on the topic “Advanced neuroimaging methods for the study of human cognition”;
  • n. 2 grants (1 additional*) financed by the CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, on the topic “Animal models for studies of numeracy and regularities”;
  • n. 2 grants (1 additional*) financed by the CIMEC – Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento, within the project “NOAM - Navigation of a mind-space. The spatial organization of declarative knowledge” (ERC-2018-STG 804422) financed by the European Research Council on the topic “The geometry of thought: mechanisms of spatial and conceptual navigation in the human brain”;
  • n. 1 grant financed by the FBK – Fondazione Bruno Kessler, on the topic “Machine Learning for studying structural and functional connectivity of the brain”;
  • n. 7 grants financed by the Italian Institute of Technology on the following topics:
    • “Neural principles for cognitive processes”;
    • “Neural basis of functional disconnectivity in autism”;
    • Neural computations underlying perceptual decision making”;
    • Neuro-modulation of functional connectivity”;
    • Parsing multi-level heterogeneity in typical and atypical neurodevelopment”;

More info about the topic specific grant at the webpage

*Upadated on June 20, 2019: are available two additional places, funded by CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento on the above mentioned topics.

Official language: English

Examination’s schedule:

  • Qualifications assessment: June 18, 2019
    N.B: it's carried out by the Commission without the presence of the candidates. Outcomes are available in the Download Box of this web page.
  • Interviews: July 2-3, 2019 starting from 9.00
    Location: University of Trento – Palazzo Fedrigotti - Corso Bettini 31 - Rovereto (Italy)
    Candidate's schedules are available in the download box.
    Please note: technical feasibility for the offsite interviews wil be carried out on June 28, 2019

Deadline for enrolment in the 1st year: July 15, 2019
Information at the webpage

Candidates who wish to assert their requirements for supernumerary positions (see art. 8 of the call) shall request, by submission of appropriate documentation proving their status to the PhD Office - Cognitive, Social Sciences and Humanities (email: [at]

), their acceptance of such admission not later than 15th July 2019.

Last update: July 5, 2019