Programmes, calls, grants

The University of Padova “promotes the furthering of culture founded on universal values such as human rights, peace, respect for the environment and international solidarity” (Article 1 of its Statutes, 1995). The international dimension of the University is not only witnessed by many spontaneous activities, such as the countless research cooperation projects individually promoted by teachers and researchers and the teaching now offered to as many as 1,500 regularly enrolled foreign students, but also by the existence of several bilateral agreements of ‘traditional’ type, extensive participation in European programmes for research and education, cooperation with developing countries, and – last, but not least – by committed participation in the project activities of the Coimbra Group (the network of historical European universities) as well as other excellence networks.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Piscopia - Marie Curie Fellowship Programme

EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion

Programmes, calls, grants

  Mobility Confap Italy: Brazilian candidates

The candidates, who must reside in Brazil (if already living and/or studying in Europe they will not be considered), have to make contact with the University of Padova (or another the Italian University) in order to get an acceptance letter.

The candidate must submit: motivational letter, cv, research project, degree title or enrollment certificate.

The candidate holding a letter of acceptance can apply to CONFAP for a scholarship. The participant FAP will offer scholarships and mobility support to the Brazilian candidates who have received an acceptance letter from one Italian University, member of the Italian Network. The candidate must submit the documentation required by CONFAP and must satisfy the eligibility criteria of CONFAP. Each candidate can submit only one application.
Language proficiency level required for each mobility will be published in the academic offer. In the majority of cases, English will be the language required.

Sandwich PhD/Post-Doc/Master students will not pay any fee for the mobility period.
Full PhD students will pay the enrolment fees (if any) and taxes set by each Italian University according to its own regulations; that applies only to the PhD enrolling for the entire degree at an Italian University.

MCI call for application
Deadline for the application: August 8, 2017

Further information in the Mobility Confap Italy website


Agreenskills is an open call for projects for young researchers (post docs) going to France, and coming from France.

Agreenskills is being launched by Agreenium, a consortium of research and higher education organizations specialized in agriculture. Agreenium consortium gathers two research organizations INRA and CIRAD (specialized in tropical agronomy), and four higher education institutions: Agroparistech (the agricultural university of Paris Grignon), Montpellier Supagro (the same in Montpellier), Agro Campus Ouest (the same in western France, in Rennes), and ENVT, the Veterinary university of Toulouse.

The call concerns ingoing and outgoing postdocs with France. The candidates have to present a research project and to choose a lab (in any of the six organization gathered in Agreenium). The call is opened permanently during four years, which means that the candidates can present a project at any moment of the year. There will be two selection periods each year during the same four years. A new call shall highly probably be launched after these four years.

The salaries are very attractive due to the fact that Agreenskills is a co-funded program (with the European Commission within the frame of the FP7 People 'CO-FUND' program), Europe adding a 'plus' to the grants given by the French part, which helps to raise a very high standard.

You will find in attachment a leaflet "AgreenSkills in brief" which contains a summary of the programme, and a detailed "Guide for applicants".
The candidates will find on Agreenskills portal,, some tools which will help them to find a lab (support in finding the appropriate lab is available online) , and if they have difficulties, the Agreenskills team will help them also into that path.

AgreenSkills: a continuous submission process with 2 selection rounds per year. Applications for eligibility check and matching process are analysed all year long. Two selection rounds are scheduled each year with strict deadlines for application. Next deadline 15 November 2013

Applicants are suggested to check the web sites:
INRA: (pay particularly attention to INRA’s metaprograms)
Agreenium: (you will find all the other organizations websites addresses on this site).

  Bilateral Agreements

Internationalisation has always been an important priority for the University of Padova. With nearly 250 bilateral agreements, the University has established long-standing relationships with Higher Education Institutions all over the world, not only in Europe but also in Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, aimed at encouraging international exchanges of teaching and administrative staff as well as students at all degree levels. These bilateral agreements reflect various forms of cooperation, which also include activities such as joint publications and exchange of information, to improve academic cooperation.

Further information: Valentina Loddo
International Relations Office (Servizio Relazioni Internazionali)
via Roma 38 - 35122 Padova
Tel. +39 049 827 3057
Fax +39 049 827 3917

  Coimbra Group Scholarship Programmes

The University of Padova is participating in the three Scholarship Programmes which the Coimbra Group has been offering in the last few years to young professors and/or researchers from specific geographical areas, which have enjoyed considerable popularity among the target groups:
- Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers
- Scholarship Programme for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities
- Scholarship Programme for Young Researchers from Eastern Neighbouring Countries

The universities of the Coimbra Group participating in these programmes offer short-term visits to young researchers from HEIs located in the above geographic areas. The programme is mainly aimed at enabling scholars to undertake research projects in the same field in which they are engaged in their home institution and at helping them to establish academic and research contacts. The number of candidates who apply every year for a scholarship at the University of Padova for each of the three programmes is steadily increasing.

For information and application please refer to:

  Cooperation With Developing Countries: Erasmus Mundus partnerships

Attention to developing countries has risen considerably thanks to Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (former External Cooperation Window), the European Commission programme designed to foster institutional cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and developing countries, through a mobility scheme addressing student and academic exchanges for studying, teaching, training and research.
Participating countries are grouped together in geographical areas called lots. Each project is coordinated by a European University and offers scholarships for the targeted mobilities from and to that geographical area.
Until now, the University of Padova has been involved in 12 successful projects and is currently coordinating two of them (artess and BAPE). These projects have enabled the University of Padova to expand its network of international relationships to Asia and Latin America.

The last EU call for applications aimed at funding Erasmus Mundus – Action 2 partnerships was in 2014. Results will be available in August/September. On that occasion, the University of Padova will know whether the projects submitted and in which it is participating have been selected for funding.

List of Erasmus Mundus partnerships

  Call "Visiting Scientists" - Deadline expired (November 2, 2016)

The University of Padova welcomes outstanding international scientists.
Proposals must be presented only by professors or researchers of the University of Padova, who are "inviting" the international scholars. Visits last 1 or 3 months.

Visiting Scientist 2016
Call for applications (unipd professors only)
Deadline: November 2, 2016


Further information:
Valentina Masotto
Intrenational Relations Office - Servizio Relazioni Internazionali
Tel. +39 049 827 3090

  Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programmes

As of 2014, Erasmus Mundus – Action 1 does no longer exist as such and there will not be future calls for application: Joint programmes at Doctoral level (former EM-Action 1 B) are now funded in the framework of the new EU programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020 - Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions.

For further information: Joint Doctoral Degrees

ALGANT-DOC - Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory Joint Doctorate
The ALGANT-DOC doctoral programme, set up by the ALGANT consortium, is a collaborative scheme creating ideal conditions for the production of high-level research in pure mathematics, leading to a double and/or joint doctoral degree, prepared under joint supervision at a minimum of two partner institutions. The consortium is coordinated by Université Bordeaux 1 (France). The other partners are : Universiteit Leiden (The Netherlands), Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11 (France), Università di Milano (Italy), Concordia University (Canada), Chennai Mathematical Institute (India).
For information and application, please refer to:

EXTATIC – Erasmus Mundus Extreme-Ultraviolet and X-Ray Technology and Training for International Cooperation
The purpose of this joint doctorate is to provide a new generation of graduate students with high-level training in Extreme-Ultraviolet (XUV) and X-ray science, together with all the scientific, technical and transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in a burgeoning area involving innovative technological development across a range of disciplines. The consortium is coordinated by Dublin City University (Ireland). The other partners are: Czech Techinical University in Prague (Czech Republic), Rwth Aachen University (Germany), University College Dublin (Ireland), Military University of Technology (Poland), King’s College London (United Kingdom), University of Southampton (United Kingdom).
Deadline: December 31th, 2015
For information and application, please refer to:

FUSION-DC - Eramsus Mundus International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering
FUSION-DC is a three-year joint doctoral programme in nuclear fusion science and engineering, offered by a consortium of 20 European partner institutions from 8 EU countries: 7 academic degree-awarding full partners, 2 research institute full partners, and 11 associated partners. FUSION-DC provides sustainable, integrated and coordinated training at doctoral level within the framework of a worldwide network of excellence in magnetic confinement fusion (MCF). The consortium is coordinated by University of Ghent (Belgium). The other partners are: Henri Poincarè University Nancy 1 (France), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Higher Technical Institute Lisbon (Portugal), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), Irfm-cea Cadarache (France), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching and Greifswald (Germany).
For information and application, please refer to:

FONASO - Forest and Nature for Society
In FONASO, the emphasis is on applied research. Doctoral candidates will therefore typically do fieldwork (in a wide sense) and are encouraged, starting already in the project formulation phase, to carry out fieldwork in connection with stays at Associate Partners, who may contribute with hosting and co-supervision functions. The consortium is coordinated by Københavns Universitet (Denmark). The other partners are: University of Wales (United Kingdom), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), AgroParisTech - École interne ENGREF (France), Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (Sweden).
For information and application, please refer to:

  The Fulbright Program

The US - Italy Fulbright Commission assists prospective, future and present grantees by providing an information service for study and research opportunities in the United States and Italy.

Fulbright grants to Italy are awarded for teaching, to carry out a study or research project, to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at Italian universities. Grants are also awarded to assist English language teachers in Italian high schools.
Applicants should have sufficient proficiency in written and spoken Italian to carry out their project.

For any further information: