About Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa:

The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, or Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna de Pisa to give its full Italian name, is a public university specialising in applied sciences.  Established in 1987, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is consistently ranked highly in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, celebrating young, successful universities. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is a university with the accreditation to award its own master’s and PhDs, but its undergraduate degrees are awarded in partnership with the University of Pisa. Students at the University of Pisa sit rigorous exams for entrance to Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s programme.

Students are required to achieve top marks in entrance exams and demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages. In return, they can study at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna for free. The fields of study at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna are Business Sciences, Economic Sciences, Legal Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Information Engineering.

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna has produced some of Italy’s most prominent political and scientific minds. Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, neuroscientist Giuliano Tononi and economist Nicoletta Batini are just a few of the school’s most influential alumni. Students at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna get to study in Pisa, a historic town with dozens of landmarks, churches and points of interests besides its famous leaning tower. The surrounding Tuscany region is famed for its natural beauty, vineyards, beaches, and the stunning architecture of the capital city, Florence.

[1]- Call for application 2022-23 to the (5) Five PhD positions in Agrobiosciences:

The aim of the Programme is to apply innovative teaching and research methodologies to train brilliant and highly motivated young researchers to successfully undertake activities in:

  • National and International public and private research institutions.
  • Organizations and enterprises leaders in the field of plant biotechnology and crop production.
  • Organizations and enterprises working on the organization and planning of sustainable agriculture at a farm and territorial level.

The Ph.D. in Agrobiosciences is a three-year Programme structured in 2 curricula:

  • Genomics and crop production: Plant biotechnologies; Plant genetics and physiology; Plant genomics; Crop production sciences; Advanced technologies in horticulture; Quality of crop production.
  • Agriculture, Environment and Landscape: Agroecology; Organic, integrated or low-input farming; Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems; Landscape agronomy; multi-criteria analysis of food and non-food cropping systems; Agro-environmental analysis of cropping systems; Multifunctional agriculture; Interaction between farming-territory-landscape.

Positions and grants 

7 Positions with Scholarships of which:

scholarships are funded under Ministerial Decree n. 351/2022 – Ph.D. National Recovery and Resilience PlanOn the Topic: Green and Ecological Transition. Should additional funds becoming available before the beginning of the, the number of positions may be increased. Beginning of the Ph.D. Programme: October 1st, 2022 Information: +39 050882604 e-mail: info-phdlifesciences@santannapisa.it Attachments:

Submission deadline for the online application: May 27th, 2022, at 12.00 p.m. (Noon – Italian time)
The deadline for submitting applications is extended to 28/06/2022 at 12.00 a.m. (Midday italian time)


[2]- Call for application 2022-23 to the (4)four PhD in Agrobiodiversity:

The goal of this four year PhD Programme is to enhance human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations. Candidates can choose between two curricula:

Curriculum A – Plant genetic resources

Curriculum B – Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems

Here are some examples of research areas tackled by the PhD Programme:

  • Genetic variation in single genes and entire genomes of agricultural and forestry plants and their wild relatives.
  • Mechanisms that control the variability in genes and/or groups of genes, as those involved in resistance to pathogens and/or pests and tolerance to environmental factors.
  • Role of functional biodiversity in maintaining genetic diversity, including evolution and co-evolution of pests/pathogens and host plants.
  • Role of functional diversity, including interactions between pests/ pathogens/weeds and domesticated/volunteer/wild plants, in agroecosystem health.
  • Plant and crop physiology, including plant stress physiology and post-harvest physiology.
  • Application of agrobiodiversity solutions at genetic, species and habitat level to improve crop performance, crop protection, sustainable crop/agroforestry management and multifunctional land use.


n. 5 positions with scholarship funded by Scuola Sant’Anna

n. 1 position with scholarship funded under Ministerial Decree n. 351/2022 – Ph.D. National Recovery and Resilience Plan on the topic Agroecological approaches to agricultural systems to contribute to ecological transition

Beginning of the PhD Programme: October, 1st 2022

Information Tel: +39 050.882.604

e-mail: info-phdlifesciences@sssup.it


Submission deadline for the online application is extended to: June, 28th 2022 at 12.00 p.m. (noon – Italian time)


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