Published on 21-06-2018 at 12:00
Expired on 20-07-2018 at 11:59

Application Form PhD Program Open University 2018

Application for a Ph.D. fellowship  to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy). 

Admission Requirements

1. Applicants should hold an advanced degree such as a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or its equivalent in a scientific area coherent with the project proposed before the start of the internship.
2. The PhD Program is in English. Where English is not the applicant’s first language, he/she must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language to support successful study at research degree standard. Fluency in spoken English will be assessed during the interview and is a strict requirement.

PLEASE NOTE that the applicants selected for the PhD Program must provide, before the starting of the program, a IELTS certificate (dated within the last two years) with scores that meet the minimum requirements of 6.5 overall score, and no less than 6.0 in any of the four elements (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

In alternative, a degree completed in a majority-speaking English country (i.e. UK, USA, Australia etc.) is also considered a proof of English proficiency.

The proof of English proficiency is a prerequisite to participate in the SZN- Open University PhD program.

Applications will be evaluated by a Selection Committee on the basis of the candidate’s Education grade, experience and skills in the project area, motivation, reference letters and English proficiency.
Candidates will be notified by email the results of the applications evaluations.
Selected candidates will be invited for interviews.

Link to the call for applications


Allow yourself 45 to 60 minutes to complete the online application.
In order to submit an application to the SZN PhD program, you must first create an account. This account will allow you to save your application and continue it at a later date.
We strongly recommend to submit your application ahead of the deadline in order to avoid any last minute problems with online submission. No application will be accepted after the deadline of July 20th h. 12.00
Candidates with disabilities should please detail any eventual facility they require to participate in the eventual interview. Every effort will be made to ensure that they can participate on an equal basis with other candidates and all reasonable arrangements requested by disabled candidates will be adopted.

Before starting the procedure please be sure to have the following documents:
- cv (European form desirable)
- a scanned copy of your degree
- a scanned copy of the IELTS certificate (if applicable)
- a scanned copy of the ID document
- a scanned copy of the declaration automatically produced by the system at the end of the application procedure, duly signed*

*At the end of the online application procedure, the system will produce a declaration that the candidate will have to print, sign, scan and save as a PDF or JPG file.
This file must be attached to the application in the appropriate section.
Attaching this document is a mandatory prerequisite to complete the online application procedure.

After submitting the application, you will receive an email confirming of the submission. This message has the value of receipt, if you do not receive it, please contact the PhD office at

Read the list of the projects for which a fellowship is available this year and choose the project you want to apply to.


Complete and submit this form.

Download the form for the recommendation letter and send it to 2 persons acquainted with your professional achievements who are able to give a qualified judgement of your skills and professional qualities as perspective PhD student. The letters of recommendation are an essential part of your application. It is your responsibility to contact your referees and to ensure that they write to us before the deadline for receiving applications on July 20th h. 12:00. Please forward the form to each of these two referees and ask them to send their letters of recommendation directly to this email address: phdszn(at)

If you have any question regarding the application process, please, contact Gabriella Grossi at From Monday to Friday h. 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00-15.00
Phone: +39-081-5833396

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