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PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Colorful research for a green future

A research programme in which ideas and methods linked to environment, society, technology, economy and health are perfectly integrated into a global vision, in order to develop a better future.

A network of public and private research centers fully interconnected and coordinated by IUSS PAVIA, in Italy.

Key numbers


year research programme in English


universities in partnership


months of research abroad


researchers and professors


fully funded


hours of training and seminars

Research programme

One core research topic and six curricula for a multi- inter- and trans-disciplinary research programme to achieve the SDGs of the UN 2030 Agenda



Multi-disciplinary events to expose all PhD candidates to the complexity of sustainability and climate change



Curriculum events to train PhD candidates on tools and topics on tools and topics to their field of research



Thematic and methodological courses offered by the host universities to support the candidates in their research

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The 6 curricula

Earth System and Environment

Earth system processes and new perspectives in environmental development

Socio-economic risk and impacts

Transition towards a decarbonized and sustainable economy

Technology and Territory

Technologies, systems and approaches for the sustainable transition of communities, territories, and production processes

Theories, Institutions and Cultures

Cognitive and practical challenges posed by sustainability and climate change at an individual, institutional, and global level

Agriculture and Forestry

Innovative models for resilient and sustainable agri-food and forestry systems

Health and Ecosystems

Climate and global health impacts, from ecosystems to humans

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Call for applicants

The call for applicants provides information about the PhD programme, the number and type of scholarships available, the application procedure and the mandatory deadlines.

Open calls:

First call: 111 scholarships
Second call: 11 scholarships


First call: 17/07/23, 1PM CEST
Second call: 04/08/23, 1PM CEST

Admission to oral exam:

First call: before 04/08/23
Second call: before 08/09/23

Oral Exam:

First call: 01/09/23 - 22/09/23
Secon call: 13/09/23 - 27/09/23

Final admission results:

Before 01/10/23

Start of the PhD course: