Partnership for Knowledge – PhD is still open! Deadline 20 May 2019 at 2.00 p.m.

Partnership for Knowledge - PfK - is a higher education initiative of the Italian Cooperation aimed at providing life-changing opportunities to researchers, public administration officers, social entrepreneurs and young leaders who are committed to develop their professional and academic skills, strengthen their capacities, widen their networks, make a difference in their home contexts and, last but not least, experience the Italian culture.

The programme, funded in years 2019-2022 by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in partnership with several Italian universities, offers a number of Master of Science scholarships and PhD fellowships in the following thematic domains, grouped in four academic platforms:

PfK is primarily addressed to public administration officers, researchers and young leaders.
Candidates should

  • be citizens of an eligible partner country;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree in order to apply for a MSc program;
  • hold a MSc degree in order to apply for a PhD program;
  • have a 2-year working experience in the field of the selected course (recommended);
  • meet the language requirement.

Scholarships cover international travel expenses (1 return ticket from/to home country), health insurance, university fees and VISA related costs. PhD fellows will also receive a monthly allowance for living expenses. Scholarships will cover a time span of 36 months for PhD programs.

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

Teaching language: English

Sudanese Citizens are eligible for the following platforms: 

Platform 2 – health, water, sanitation and hygiene
Platform 4 – cultural heritage and sustainable tourism 

Eritrean Citizens are eligible for the following platform: 

Platform 1 – rural development and spatial management

Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than 20 May 2019 at 2.00 p.m.

Selection Procedures:

Step 1 -
For platform 1 click here
For platform 2 click here
For platform 4 click here

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
- Two reference letters (optional)

Step 2 -

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.

Notification form - Platform 1 click here
Notification form - Platform 2 click here
Notification form - Platform 4 click here

For all other information (platforms and eligible countries) click here: Partnership for Knowledge

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