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University of Padova invites excellent students to apply to its three-year, full-time PhD program LERH.

From 23.04.2018 to 25.07.2018

17 PhD positions and 12 scholarships will be offered to the best applicants.


LERH is a center of excellence for studying the processes governing natural and agricultural ecosystems and food quality and to train researchers in integrated strategies for the management of natural resources, for promoting an intersectoral rural and agri-food development and associated bio-based economic activities. The emphasis is on basic and applied research on agri-forest ecosystems, sustainable technologies, innovative management options and integrated policies.

LERH is part of one of the world oldest higher education institutions, the University of Padova, located in Italy’s North-East. The recent national research assessment ranked the University of Padova first in the scientific area including agriculture and forestry. The LERH PhD course, organized by the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), offers an international Ph.D. program with a long tradition of quality and success that complements the department’s offer of bachelor and master degrees. LERH offers a stimulating learning and research environment to students from around the world.
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The call for the academic year 2018/2019 will be published at the end of May-beginning of June in the University ( and in the LERH course ( web sites.
The program is open to students from all countries, provided they hold a Master degree or equivalent. Students who are going to graduate until September 30th, 2018 may apply as well.

To apply candidates are invited to submit on line:

  • curriculum vitae
  • a research proposal
  • degree certificates
  • official transcripts
  • proof of English competence (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) but not compulsory
  • two letters of recommendation
  • scientific publications (if any)

Informal inquiries can also be directed to the program coordinator, prof. Davide Pettenella (, or to the program secretariat Mrs. Antonella Tosatto (