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NEWS AND DEADLINES
 Unemployment benefits 
From 1st July 2017, the tax rate on your scholarship has increased by 0.51% (1/3 to be covered by the bursary and 2/3 by the Politecnico) because PhD candidates and research fellows (i.e. assegnisti di ricerca) can now apply for the unemployment benefits (DIS-COLL), provided that they have benefited of a PhD scholarship and do not have any VAT registration number, as per art. 7 of law no. 81/2017
The Social Security Service (INPS) has recently published two memorandums (no.115, 19 July 2017 and no.122, 28 July 2017 ) to clarify the minimum requirements to apply for the unemployment benefits: 
  • unemployment status when applying; 
  • involuntary unemployment; 
  • not have any VAT registration number; 
  • at least 3 months of INPS welfare contributions from the 1st January of the previous year until the date of the working relationship termination.  
The unemployment benefits DIS-COLL has a variable duration until a maximum of 6 month, depending on the welfare contributions paid. For any further information on this subject you are invited to contact directly the nearest INPS office; the procedure for the DIS-COLL shall be activated autonomously by the person concerned applying at the Social Security Service.

 ENI Award 2018
The call for the new Eni Award 2018 - Young Researcher of the Year award has been published. 
The award is addressed to Phd doctors who have obtained the title in one of the Italian University and who discussed their PhD thesis during 2016 or 2017. Young people born in 1985 and subsequent years may participate. 
The themes refer to the energy and environmental sectors. 
The deadline to start the procedure to apply is 10th Novembre 2017 (17.00 h. CET).

 GRE General Test
An additional opportunity for those wishing to continue their studies in the best universities of the world. The GRE TEST is an internationally-recognized exam that evaluates candidates’ logical-mathematical skills and provides common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, regardless of different educational and cultural backgrounds.  
For the first time, students interested in taking the GRE TEST do it in Torino, at Politecnico, which becomes an official Test Center. 
Next tests available:
To enroll: www.ets.org