partnership for knowledge • platform 3 – sustainable energy, environment and industrial innovation

Capacity building at both individual and institutional level plays a key role in ensuring the success of innovation strategies that complement technological progress. Capacity building must go beyond a simple training component, and it should be designed to fully exploit the power of human capital as one of the crucial resources at local and national level.

This platform aims at providing advanced competencies in the sectors of energy, environment and industrial innovation. The energy profile trains highly skilled technicians in renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and energy planning. The environment profile focuses on risk protection and prevention, climate change and water management. The industrial innovation profile promotes the new frontiers of innovation such as industry 4.0, Internet of Things/Big Data/Data Analytics, social innovation and circular economy.

platform members

The Politecnico di Milano leads platform # 3 in close collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino, the University of Trento, the University of Bologna, the University of Napoli “Federico II”, the University of Padova and the University of Venezia. The University of Milano, the University of Reggio Calabria, the University of Roma “Sapienza” and the University of Bergamo also support this platform.

eligible countries

Citizens of Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Albania, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Tunisia - 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 6 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

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

Courses available

Politecnico di Milano - Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology

Politecnico di Milano - Electrical Engineering

Politecnico di Milano - Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering

Politecnico di Milano - Structural Seismic and Geotechnical Engineering

Politecnico di Milano - Management Engineering

Politecnico di Milano - Mechanical Engineering

Politecnico di Milano - Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering

Politecnico di Torino - Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

Politecnico di Torino - Energetics

Politecnico di Torino - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Politecnico di Torino - Management, Production and Design

Politecnico di Torino - Mechanical Engineering

University of Trento - Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

University of Trento - Materials, Mechatronic and Systems Engineering

University of Trento - Information and Communication Technology

University of Napoli Federico II - Industrial product and process engineering

University of Napoli Federico II - Sustainable agriculture, forestry systems and food security

University of Napoli Federico II - Structural, geotechnical and seismic engineering

University of Napoli Federico II - Information Technology and electrical engineering

University of Padova- Sciences of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

University of Bologna - Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engeneering

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.