partnership for knowledge • platform 2 – health, water, sanitation and hygiene

Platform # 2 focuses on environmental and health problems that influence morbidity and mortality in tropical countries. Capacity building at both individual and institutional level plays a key role in ensuring the success of innovation strategies that complement technological progress.

This platform trains experts in biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics and neurosciences, as well as in civil engineering for water sanitation and hygiene. It also provides graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of international cooperation and economic development.

platform members

The University of  Pavia leads platform # 2 in close collaboration with the University pf  Brescia, the University of  Parma, the University of Roma “Sapienza”, the University of Trieste and the University of Torino.

eligible countries

Citizens of Bolivia, Palestine, Ethiopia, Jordan, Senegal, Lebanon, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sudan - 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 to the Italian higher education system, PfK PhD scholarships offer the opportunity to earn a PhD degree.

Academic activities are scheduled over 36 months, tentatively from November 2019 to November 2022.

PFK PhD programme 2019-2022 provides a total of 12 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 program.

step 1 - application

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

courses available:

University of Brescia – PhD in “Technology for Health”:

University of Brescia - PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, International cooperation and Mathematics – curriculum “Appropriate technologies and methods in international cooperation to development

University of Parma - PhD in Translational Medical and Surgical Science

University of Pavia - PhD in Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Pavia - PhD in Translational Medicine

University of Roma Sapienza - PhD in Advanced Technologies in Surgery (Code: 11125)

University of Torino - PhD in Medical experimental therapy

University of Trieste - PhD in Neural e Cognitive Sciences

University of Trieste - PhD in Earth Sciences, Fluid-Dynamics and mathematics. Interactions and Methods

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 program.

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.