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 and Sudan - who are resident in their home countries - are eligible for the scholarships.

MSc programme

According to the European Credit Transfer and accumulation System (ECTS), and to the Italian higher education system, PfK MSc program awards a Master degree with a total of 120 academic credits.

Academic activities are scheduled over 24 months, tentatively from September 2019 to October 2021.

In years 2019-2022 the PfK MSc program provides a total of 11 scholarships for students coming from the above mentioned eligible countries.

Applicants shoud pay careful attention to the admission requirements and documents, as they vary among universities. Incomplete applications will be rejected. University websites usually provide a help desk for assistance. Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than 15 March 2019 at 12.00 pm, Italian time. Candidates are invited to carefully check the university website of their chosen programs as the actual deadline may be set earlier.

step 1 - application

Explore the academic offer, choose the most suitable course and submit the application through the appropriate university webpage. You can apply for one master course.

• University of Brescia - Civil and Environmental Engineering
https://www.unibs.it/civil-and-environmental-engineering

• University of Parma - Genomic molecular and industrial biotechnogies
https://en.unipr.it/studying/general-admission-requirements
https://en.unipr.it/ugov/degree/4456

• University of Pavia - Molecular Biology and Genetics
http://mbg.unipv.it

• University of Pavia - Economics, Finance and International Integration (MEFI)
http://mefi.unipv.eu

• University of Pavia - Application process, documents and deadlines:
welcomepoint@unipv.it

• University of Torino - Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://cmb.campusnet.unito.it/do/home.pl

• University of Trieste - Neurosciences
https://www.biologia.units.it/corsi/3/Laurea-Magistrale-in-Neuroscienze

step 2 - notification

Inform the Agency of your application by filling the following form. Applications submitted to the university, which are not matched by the AICS notification form, will not be considered.

AICS notification form

PhD programme

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.

In years 2019-2022 the PfK PhD program provides a total of 10 scholarships for students coming from the above mentioned eligible countries. The call for applications will open soon.