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 Application 2011

The goal of our three-years PhD programme in Computer Science is to foster post-graduate education of researchers and innovators in Information Technology.


Our Alumni are employed in academic and research positions, as well as in R&D positions in industry and the public sector, in Italy and worldwide.


We seek for prospective candidates, both in Europe and in the rest of the world. Candidates are expected to have a general knowledge of Computer Science theory and applications, together with a in-depth knowledge of some research topics connected to Computer Science.


The core activity of PhD students is research. There is however a moderate class activity, taught in English, usually by top-ranked international scientists.


Candidates without a formal education in Computer Science might be required to follow some preparatory classes during the first year.


A PhD student may be offered to experience a light teaching duty in undergraduated programmes.


Admitted applicants are expected to pursue research in one of the groups of the Department, as well as in other Pisan institutions and research centres, that are active in almost all the fields of Computer Science and in multi-disciplinary areas. Also, PhD students will benefit from the rich interactions with international research projects and cooperations these groups are involved in, also through joint PhD programmes.


This year the programme admits 16 candidates and there are 6 additional positions still pending. The 8 top-ranked ones (+3 pending) will receive a boursary covering living expenses and tuition fee, while the others might be supported by research projects.


On-line application is available here. The deadline for application is October 12, 13:00 GMT+1. The interviews will start on October 24, 9:00 GMT+1 at Dipartimento di Informatica, Largo Bruno Pontecorvo, 3, 56127 Pisa. For further information please contact Mrs. Ilaria Fierro ( or Prof. Pierpaolo Degano (


Candidates are kindly suggested to upload their documents, CV, transcript of the exams, personal statement, Master Thesis, publications etc. either in Italian or in English.


The research proposal, up to 4K characters, is a personal statement describing the main research areas of interest and the preferred lines of development, together with a succint sketch of the candidate's academic interests, reasons for applying and career objectives.


This statement will also be discussed during the interview between the candidate and the admission committee, during the selection phase. The interview will be focussed in evaluating the propensity of the candidate to do research.


The applicant is also required to specify the contact information, including e-mail, for two referees, who will be asked to provide reference letters.