UME Graduate School , Italy, invites applications from international students for the 2014/15 UME PhD scholarship. Up to eight applicants in total will be admitted to the three curricula of the UME Doctoral Programme (provided that all demonstrate a level of knowledge compliant with the minimum standards set by the UME School Admission Board).
Risk and Emergency Management (REM) is one of the three curricula of the doctoral programme in Understanding and Managing Extremes run by the UME Graduate School, the others being Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE) and Weather Related Risk (WRR).
The new Masters and PhD Programmes in Risk and Emergency Management (REM) aims to train graduates and professionals in the assessment, mitigation and management of extreme events (both before and after they occur), with a primary focus on those arising from natural hazards and a secondary focus on human-made, technological and biomedical risk.
Worth of Award

  • Apart from the small regional tax (“diritto allo studio“) no participation fees are foreseen for the UME doctoral programme.
  •  In addition, candidates admitted to the UME School are generally awarded a doctoral scholarship worth about 1,000 Euro net per month.
  • The duration of the scholarship is 36 months and can be increased by up to 50% during periods abroad.
  • The scholarship is sufficient for covering all general living and accommodation expenses. Such PhD bursaries, which render Doctoral studies at UME effectively cost-free, are made available by the IUSS and the EUCENTRE.


  • The minimum requirement to apply for the REM Programme is a University Degree, preferably in Engineering, Geophysics, Physics, Economics or similar. Professional experience in risk assessment, mitigation or management will be favourably evaluated.
  • Admission to the programme depends on academic qualifications, past professional experience, reference letters and English proficiency, all of which should be included in the online submission procedure described above.

How to Apply

  • When filling in the application form applicants will need to specify the curriculum (or curricula) they are applying to. Once you have finished providing all the requested data, you will be able to ‘Submit your Application’, and in this way officially state your interest in applying to the UME School PhD Programme for the academic year 2014/2015, beginning in September 1, 2014.
  • During the online application procedure the applicant will also be asked to indicate the name and email address of three referees. The online system will automatically contact these referees in order to obtain the reference letters.
  • The applicant may enter the system at any time before the submission of the application to check whether the reference letters have been submitted or not.
  • Note that the degree certificate(s) should explicitly indicate attended modules and grades obtained. If the documents are not written in English, a translation of their contents is requested.

With respect to English proficiency, applicants are asked to submit any documents attesting that they possess adequate proficiency of English language. Such documents may consist of:

  • a score of at least 88 (internet-based exam), 230 (computer-based exam), 570 (paper-based exam) in the TOEFL test;
  • a score of 6 or more obtained with IELTS;
  • a degree obtained in an English speaking environment;
  • other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to those listed above.
  • When required, the applicant, or the indicated referees, may be contacted with a view to obtain further information. As a general rule, MSc applicants will not be interviewed.
  • If an applicant is admitted to the programme, he/she will be asked to send original copies of the aforementioned documents to the IUSS Graduate Office by post.
  • Admission to a PhD Degree at the UME School is based on oral examination, following prior selection on the basis of academic qualifications and experience, included in the application form.
  • The candidates selected for the oral examination, which will take place on April 23, 2014, will be contacted by the Admission Board. Upon request of the candidate, the oral examination may take place via remote interview (e.g. using Skype), from 24 to 30 April 2014.

Deadline: The applications for the academic year 2014/2015 will close on April 11, 2014, at 12:00, Italian time (CET).
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