The selection procedure is divided into a pre-selection, an assessment of qualifications and research project, and an interview of the candidate. The selection is carried out by a Commission specifically appointed by the Rector of the Scuola Sant'Anna.
In the pre-selection phase, the Commission undergoes a preliminarily evaluation of the coherence of the research projects presented with the research lines developed by the faculty, also in relation to the different academic fields.
Only candidates who have passed the pre-selection phase are admitted to the evaluation of qualifications. The Commission assesses the merits of the academic records, qualifications and publications presented, the research project and the candidate's overall CV. A maximum grade of 70/100 points may be attributed.
Candidates who have obtained a score of 49/70 points and above are admitted to the interview. During the interview, the candidates are asked to discuss the research project, the titles, and the publications presented. The Commission verifies the knowledge of a foreign language among English, French, Spanish or German. The Commission specifically asses the knowledge of Italian for foreign candidates (EU and non-EU), to establish that it suffices to ensure the candidate’s participation in the Phd activities.
The Commission assigns overall a maximum of 30/100 points for the interview.
Candidates who have achieved a score of at least 70/100 points are deemed suitable and subsequently are listed in the final ranking. Top-five candidates are admitted to the program.