partnership for knowledge • platform 1 – rural development and spatial management

Platform # 1 aims at providing a deep knowledge of the links and interactions between rural and urban contexts. The academic offer focuses on integrated territorial development as the key to face the dramatic changes in rural and urban areas occurred in the last decades.

This platform promotes research and professional training in the fields of modern and sustainable agriculture, forestry and animal sciences. It equips students with advanced quantitative methods and skills for studying and planning economic development. It empowers highly qualified experts in the analysis, design and management of territorial development processes, and it trains professionals able to contribute to the mission of public and private organizations, enterprises, local communities and civil society stakeholders who act at regional and local level to draft and implement development policies.

platform members

The University of Firenze leads platform # 1 in close partnership with the University of Padova, the University of Pisa, the University of Siena and the University of Torino.

eligible countries

Citizens of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Niger, Myanmar and Senegal - who are resident in their home countries - are eligible for the scholarships.

MSc programme

Thank you for the interest shown in the PfK MSc program, we are sorry to inform you that the call is now closed. Please check this page for updates on the selection process.

PhD programme

The scientific board concluded the assessment of applications. Within August 31, selected candidates will be individually contacted for formal acceptance of the scholarship. The list of PhD-Pfk fellows are now published on the homepage.

According to the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area and the Italian higher education system, PFK PhD programme awards a PhD Degree.

Academic activities will last 36 months, from October 2019 to October 2022.

PFK PhD programme 2019-2022 provides a total of 5 scholarships for students coming from the above mentioned eligible countries. The scholarship covers international travel expenses (1 return ticket from/to home country), health insurance, university fees and VISA related costs. PhD fellows will receive a monthly allowance for living expenses.

Candidates can apply only to one PhD programme.

step 1 - application

1.Explore the academic offer, choose the most suitable PhD program:

Courses available

University of Firenze - PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of Firenze - PhD DELoS Doctoral Programme in Development Economics and Local Systems

University of Padova - PhD in Historical, Geographical, Anthropological Studies

University of Pisa - PhD in Agriculture, Food and Environment

University of Torino - PhD in Urban and Regional Development

2.Submit the required documents to

Required documents:

- CV

- Passport scan

- University transcript

- Language certificate (English level B2)

- Research project

- Employer’s authorization to attend the PhD (only if you are currently employed)

- Two reference letters (optional)

Incomplete applications will be rejected. Candidates can apply exclusively to one PhD programme.

step 2 - notification

Inform the Agency of your application by filling the notification form.

Applications submitted to , which are not matched by the AICS notification form, will not be considered.