Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs are intended for both students and potential sponsors of ADSAI fellowships.

For any question not already covered in thes FAQs, please contact the ADSAI PhD coordinator.


What is the official ADSAI teaching language?

All of ADSAI teaching is in English.

What is the official ADSAI teaching language?

All of ADSAI teaching is in English.

Is ADSAI part of the National PhD program in AI?

Yes and we contribute to its educational offer. We also host students from the programme for their research work. Do get in touch to be supported for your application to the National PhD program in AI.


How do I apply to ADSAI?

Please see this page.

Can you materially support me drafting the ADSAI application?

If you have doubts regarding the application material, do get in touch.

Is there an exam to enter ADSAI?

Yes. Please see this page.


Is there funding available for ADSAI students?

Every year, a number of fellowships are available that cover PhD fees and provide an extra salary of about 1200 €/month. The number of fellowships varies every year, but these always highly desired because students can freely propose a research topic.

Project-based or industrial fellowships can be provided from external funding sources. In that case the research topic and supervisor might be pre-assigned to the fellowship.

I am a self-funded student, can I apply outside the usual routes?

We do not accept self-funded students.

Do you offer industrial PhD projects?

We do offer industrial PhD projects in collaboration with our industrial partners. Those projects have the same high academic standard as the rest, but typically focus on a specific research question in close collaboration with the industrial partner. The projects often include an industrial placement with the partner.

Can my company or institute fund a PhD project at ADSAI?

Yes of course, do get in touch to discuss terms and costs to fund an ADSAI PhD fellowship.


What is the teaching offered at ADSAI?

Both introductory, advanced and general trianing on AI and related disciplines.

See this page.


How is living in Trieste?

Trieste is a city of ~200.000 inhabitants by the sea, located in northeastern Italy and enjoying a subtropical climate due to marine breezes. It is the capital city of the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, located on a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia.

Trieste has a long coastline and is surrounded by grassland, forest, and karstic areas. Slovenia lies ~10 km southeast of the city, while Croatia ~30 km to the south. The city is an intersection of Latin, Slavic and Germanic cultures where Central Europe meets the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to diverse ethnic groups and religious communities.

Since the 1960s, Trieste has emerged as a prominent research location in Europe because of its many international organizations and institutions. The city has the highest percentage of researchers in Europe in relation to population. In 2020, it was rated as one of the 25 best small cities in the world for quality of life, and one of the ten safest cities in 2021.

Trieste is also known as “Città della Barcolana”, “Città della bora”, “Città del vento”, “Vienna by the sea” and “City of coffee”.

How do I get to Trieste?

See these directions to get to Trieste, the hosting department (Mathematics and Geosciences) for ADSAI can be reached here.

Is Trieste expensive?

Living in Trieste ( is actually very cheap.