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The SZN hosts International PhD programs in collaboration with the Open University (UK) and Italian Universities. Research students of PhD programs have the opportunity to develop top-level research and improve their personal skills and professional competence by living, experiencing and working in the laboratories of the SZN. A dedicated staff supports each research student and his/her needs are identified and jointly agreed upon, with the student at the beginning of the activity. All needs and progresses are regularly followed and updated as appropriate. 
SZN PhD students with Doctorate, carried out in collaboration with the national Academia, take advantage of our international Higher Education Program, consisting of international courses, seminars, workshops and colloquia. Over the last three years more than 70 students have completed their PhD program at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn.

International PhD Program in collaboration with the Open University (OU)

The International PhD Programme, originally established in 1998, represents the prime commitment to first class training and education. Our International  PhD Program in Life Sciences is based on internationality, dedicated mentoring, career development, additional skills in order to provide our  PhD students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science by inspiring and fostering talented young scientists to turn them into skilled and creative future leaders. It provides comprehensive training that promotes scientific excellence, independence and creativity. We provide close internal mentoring jointly with the tutoring of an international expert, highly specialized courses, additional skill exercises, career development. More than 95% of our students have successfully completed their PhD degree and most of our graduates have taken up positions all over the world. Every year we accept an average of 6 new students, selected from a large pool of international applicants.


PhD Program in collaboration with Italian Universities

SZN has a long lasting PhD Program in collaboration with Italian Universities. More than 130 PhD students graduated in different scientific disciplines, in collaboration with many Italian Universities. 
The following PhD Programs are currently running:
- University of Naples Federico II, Veterinary Sciences 
- University of Naples Federico II, Biology
- Polytechnic University of the Marche, Biology – Curriculum “Marine Biology and Ecology” 
- Polytechnic University of the Marche, Industrial Engineering - Curriculum "Mechanical Engineering"
- Sant’Anna School of Advances Studies – Pisa, Biorobotics
- University of Siena, Environmental, geological and polar sciences and technologies
- University of Trieste, Environmental life sciences
- KU Leuven (Belgium), Science

The PhD programs in collaboration with the Italian Universities, follow the rules and selection procedures of each University. All information concerning the Call for applications, the duration, the financial support, the admission requirements can be found on:
University of Naples Federico II 
Polytechnic University of Marche
Sant’Anna School of Advances Studies
University of Siena
University of Trieste
KU Leuven


Highly specialized PhD-level courses, seminars by leading scientists, as well as skill exercises programs are offered annually to SZN students. Students are required to attend all training activities in order to qualify for the degree. All courses, seminars and tutorials are held in English.

PhD planning and management

The President of the SZN is responsible for the strategic direction of the Higher Education Program. The SZN PhD Programme is managed by a PhD Board, a PhD Steering Committee, and by the Coordinator of the PhD Program Dr. Gabriele Procaccini, responsible for overseeing the research degree provision.

The PhD Board includes all the staff scientist\s and technologists of the SZN.

PhD Steering Committee members are: Dr. Gabriele Procaccini, Coordinator, Dr. Giovanna Benvenuto, Dr. Salvatore D’Aniello, Dr. Marina Montresor.

Administration and organization is managed by Dr. Gabriella Grossi, at the TS Higher Education.
CONTACTS: TS Higher Education - Gabriella Grossi at phdszn(at)szn.it - Tel. +39-081-5833396

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