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5 fully funded Ph.D. positions in “Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences” at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

5 fully funded Ph.D. positions in “Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences” at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

The IMT School of Advanced Studies Lucca is now recruiting 5 talented doctoral candidates in its Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN) Ph.D. Program.

The Ph.D. Program in Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences (CCSN) aims to provide the theoretical, methodological, instrumental and cultural skills necessary for studying the brain and the mind, the interpretation and representation of the external world and the cognition and of human behaviors. This research-based, multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program focuses on cognitive, computational and social neurosciences, and integrates a basic neuroscience and cognitive science training with experimental psychophysiology and neuroimaging for the characterization of mental activities and behavior in the neuropsychological, psycholinguistic, computational, social, philosophical, logical and educational domains. The CCSN track is part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS).

CCSN framework

  • Contract Type: 36-month scholarship (extendable up to 48 months)
  • Commitment: Full time
  • Location: Lucca (Tuscany, Italy)
  • Official language: English
  • Starting date: 2 November 2023
  • Benefits: free room and board (on campus), free access to campus facilities, additional research and international mobility funds, insurance coverages, social security coverage, no tuition fees

Your Role

  • First year: Attend and pass graduate courses
  • Second and third year: Engage in your own research project (also abroad) under the guidance of the faculty members from one of the research groups
  • Participate in the daily academic and campus life, including seminars, conferences, workshops, public outreach activities, etc.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Medicine, Bioengineering, Computer Sciences, Linguistics and Humanities, Biology, Economy or in related fields (to be obtained by October 31st, 2023)
  • High level of proficiency in English
  • Enthusiasm for research, motivation, self-confidence, critical thinking

What We Offer

  • An exciting multidisciplinary and international research environment with wide opportunities to interact with scholars from related disciplines in several other international Universities, as well as with cultural heritage Institutions and leaders.
  • Work under the supervision of at least one Advisor from the Faculty
  • Interaction with other numerous doctoral candidates, postdoc researchers, and Faculty members;
  • A tailor-made scientific training program, a wide range of courses and seminars held by leading researchers and experts
  • Mentoring, training, and career development support
  • A highly competitive full-time PhD Position with
    • a scholarship for a maximum period of 3 consecutive years, extendable to 4 years
    • social security coverage
    • free accommodation on campus (all year round)
    • free meals on campus (lunch and dinner, all year round)
    • additional research funds
    • additional international mobility funds
    • insurance coverage (liability, accident)
    • no tuition fees

How to Apply

You are welcome to submit your application through the online application system at the following link:

Students graduating by 31st October 2023 can also apply.

Apply Here

Application Schedule

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2023 at 23:59 (CEST time)

  • Publication of short-listed candidates: by mid-July 2023
  • Interview of short-listed candidates: 17-21 July 2023
  • Notification of admission: end of July/early August 2023

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