4-year PhD program in MODELING AND ENGINEERING RISK AND COMPLEXITY (MERC) at SSM, a new School for Advanced Studies of the University of Naples "Federico II"- ITALY

From epidemics phenomena, climate change and sustainable cities to seismic engineering and Industry 4.0, all the crucial challenges facing mankind today require the development of new methodological approaches to understand, model and engineer ever-growing reliable interdependent, complex and interconnected systems and infrastructures. This PhD program is aimed at ambitious young scientists and engineers who wish to work on these crucial challenging problems with high impact in society in a new, strongly-interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial way.

The Call for Applications for the 4 year PhD Program in Modeling and Engineering Risk and Complexity (MERC) of the Scuola Superiore Meridionale (SSM is a School for Advanced Studies in Naples) is now out and available at

We are looking for bright and ambitious students from any area of Mathematics, Physics, Science and Engineering to join this exciting PhD program.

6 fully funded 4-year scholarships are available this year

Each scholarship includes a stipend of EUR 19,000 (net) per year which is increased by 50% when the student is spending time abroad.
Students are expected to spend at least 9-12 months abroad during their PhD.
Each Scholarship also includes approx EUR 4,000 for research costs/travel per year.

Applicants must submit a brief scientific report (description of their MSc thesis work, CV, personal statement and reference letters) following the instructions provided at the website above by no later than July 1st 2021.

Successful candidates will be announced by the end of July 2021 with courses officially starting on November 2, 2021.

For any further information contact the PhD Coordinator, Prof Mario di Bernardo, at or check out the PhD website at:

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