PhD programme in agrifood and environmental sciences in cooperation with the Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM).

The University of Trento announces a public selection procedure for admission to the 37th cycle (academic year 2021/2022) of the PhD Programme in agrifood and environmental sciences.

Announcement of selection - 37th cycle - A.Y. 2021-2022

Rector's Decree no. 590 of July 13th, 2021, published in this webpage on July 14th, 2021 – see the Announcement of selection*
*please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.

Positions: no. 17
Scholarships: no. 15 (of which no. 13 on reserved topics)
Positions without scholarship: no. 2
Supernumerary positions: no. 2 (see art. 7 of the call)

For details on the reserved topics please see the Research proposals.

The Academic year starts November 1, 2021
Duration: 3 years

How to apply

To partecipate to the selection procedure, fill in the application online.

The application online will be available from July 15th, 2021.

Deadline for application:  August 24th, 2021, hrs. 4.00 PM (Italian time)

Applicants are advised to register well in advance of the deadline. The University shall not be considered responsible for any dysfunctions due to technical problems and/or overload of the communication line and/or of the OS, for the loss of communication due to incorrect address details or late communication about possible change of address of the candidates, or for any other problem and delay due to third parties, unexpected cases or circumstances beyond one’s control.

Applicants are recommended to complete the online application well in advance before the deadline, in order to avoid possible technical problems or overcharge of the connection and/or of the application systems.

Details about funded positions

Positions and scholarships increased after the publication of the call are in red (indicated with +)

Financer of scholarships No. of scholarships Topics of reserved scholarships

University of Trento

University of Trento – Biotechnology and Biological Control Agency (Foundation BBCA Onlus) 1 AGRI01 - Exploitation of mating interference for biological control of Bagrada hilaris – BIOBAG
University of Trento – BEF Biosystems 1 AGRI02 - Insect rearing: welfare and sustainability BEFWelSust
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 AGRI03 - Identification of grapevine Pectato Lyase genes altering Berry Texture during ripening – BerTex
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 AGRI04 - Use of systems biology and NBT approaches to develop biotic and abiotic stress resistant grapevine plants - GrapeSystress
Edmund Mach Foundation


AGRI05 - Efficacy and ecological impact of classic biocontrol program ms against the spotted-wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii -SWD-CBC
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 AGRI06 - Genome editing for engineering resilience to climate changes in grapevine -STOMALTER
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 AGRI07 - Research into the role of potential new vectors of apple proliferation phytoplasma – ORISHI
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 FOOD08 - Rapid VOLAtilome profiling of raw and roasted HAZelnuts by direct injection mass spectrometric tools and correlation with their sensory quality through sensory and chromatographic assessment – VolHaz
Edmund Mach Foundation 1 ENVI09 - A new game to play: emerging ecological functions of large herbivores in rapidly changing Alpine ecosystems - UNGULALPS
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering – Autorità del Bacino Distrettuale del Fiume Po 1 ENVI10 – SUPER (Snow rUnoff production in Po rivER basin)
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering – Hypermeteo 1 ENVI11 - Development and testing of new parameterisation schemes and downscaling procedures for high-resolution numerical weather prediction and reanalysis
Departments of Excellence scholarships 2


Candidates interested in this scholarship can develop their research project on one of the following sub-topics:
- Understanding sediment transport processes for improving river management
- Response of meandering river dynamics to climate and anthropogenic stressors
- Valorization of biowaste for material recovery: macro-nutrients and carbon for soil, and activated carbons for water remediation

Examination's schedule and final rankings

Assessment schedule: the assessment of qualifications will be held from August 30th, 2021.
Oral examination: the interviews will be held from September 6th, 2021.
The final calendar will be published as soon as possible.

Following the COVID-19 health emergency, as an extraordinary measure for carrying out oral tests in telematic mode, all interviews will be held exclusively in remote mode through the use of audio-video connection tools that will allow:
- the correct identification of the participants (through a webcam);
- the conduction of the oral test in a public form.
Further details will be defined by the Evaluation Committee and published in a prompt and timely way on this page.

List of candidates not admitted due to a lack in the application (01/09/2021)

Results of the assessment of qualifications and candidates admitted to the interview (01/09/2021). The schedule of interviews is available (02/09/2021).

FINAL RANKINGS (20/09/2021)

application/pdfFinal_rankings_SAA_37(PDF | 566 KB)


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application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.documentAnnex A(DOCX | 21 KB)