All researchers and professors employed in Italian Universities are invited to express their interest in participating in the inter-university PhD programme in Sustainable Development and Climate change (PhD SDC). To express their interest, they should use this form to submit a proposal for PhD research topic (the Proposal) for the next cycle (XXXVIII).
Below, we provide links to more information on the PhD-SDC:
- General information here
- Information on the Research Programme of the XXXVII cycle (which began on the 1st of November 2021)
- Information on the Educational Programme of the XXXVII cycle
The agreement and the PhD regulation (as in the case of the 30 universities selected to participate in the XXXVII cycle, those universities selected for participation in the XXXVIII cycle will be asked to sign the agreement).
Please note that:
- the duration of the PhD course is 3 years;
- the amount of each scholarship is 72.000 euro over 3 years;
- scholarships will be either fully funded by the university or co-funded 50% by the university and 50% by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR), or fully-funded by a public or external entity.
Although we do not expect changes to either the agreement or the regulation that applies to the XXXVIII cycle, when the new law regulating the PhD course is approved by the Italian Government some changes might become necessary.
The deadline for the submission is the 20 January at noon (CET)
The expressions of interest will be evaluated by a Selection Committee nominated by the PhD board (‘Comitato di Coordinamento Nazionale’), which will select and rank the Proposals considered to be the best fit with the overall PhD research programme. The available funding will be allocated based on the ranking assigned to the proposals.
The selection procedure will involve two steps:
In Step 1, the committee will identify approporiate proposals and rank them as : eligible and fully-funded, eligible and potentially co-funded, and eligible without funding.
First, the Selection Committee will assess:
- the scientific credentials of the Reference person using her/his scientific track record (publications, projects and research output) and the impact of her/his research in relation to the topic of the proposed scholarship;
- the quality and originality of the proposed research topic (i.e., the proposal) and its coherence with the goals of the PhD programme in Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
The Selection Committee will pay attention to diversity and inclusion, to ensure a balanced number of participants in each curriculum, a gender balance and equitable representation of all the Italian regions through the participation of Reference persons.
Second, the eligible proposals will be grouped into one of the following three categories:
Fully-funded proposals: proposals 100% funded by the Reference person’s university, which will imply automatic inclusion in the PhD research programme;
Potentially co-funded proposals: proposals that potentially will be funded 50% by the Reference person’s university (which will require formal confirmation from the relevant university) and 50% funding from the Ministry of Research which will involve Step 2 of the evaluation procedure;
Not funded proposals: proposals that will be put on a Waiting List for future potential funding from public and private entities.
The Selection Committee will be responsible for circulating the list of proposals eligible for co-funding to each university involved. The universities must confirm their ability to fund the eligible proposals and, in the case that they can fund only some of them, to provide list of those for which they will provide funding. The universities involved can opt for an internal selection process that respects the criteria set out in Step 1 above, based on: (a) the scientific credentials of the Reference person, (b) the quality and originality of the proposed research topics, and (c) diversity and inclusion.
Only those proposals for which university co-funding is confirmed will be eligible for co-funding by the Ministry of University and Research and be included in the PhD programme. The other eligible proposals will be put on the Waiting List (see above).