The PhD course Animal Health and Zoonoses is a professionally oriented programme, which aims to train students with a high professional profile, able tointeract effectively and collaboratively at all levels of health management with competence and professionalism. The concept of OneHealth on which the course is based, is constantly confirmed in the multiple health emergencies for which it is necessary to manage risk and the interactions between humans and animals. The course has a strong international vocation, with two scholarships allocated toforeign graduate students and a program of lectures given by visiting professors, thanks to the ministerial funding of the Department of Excellence project. Furthermore, the PhD program has a strong multi- and interdisciplinary connotation, guaranteed by the confluence of strategic sectors of veterinary medical education and a sector of medical education (occupational health).


CUN Scientific Areas: 07 Scienze Agrarie e Veterinarie, 06 Scienze Mediche
Scientific Subject Codes: VET/02, VET/04, VET/05, VET/06, VET/07, VET/08 and MED/44
Coordinator: Prof.ssa Maria Tempesta
Administrative office: Department of Veterinary Medicine
Duration: 3 years
Curricula: NO

Total no. of fellowships: 2

Project Name: INF-ACT – One Health Basic and Translational Research Actions addressing Unmet Needs on Emerging Infectious Diseases (CUP: H93C22000640007 cod. PE0000007)
Call for proposal: NRRP Initiative, Mission 4, Component 2, Investment 1.3 – Partnerships extended to universities, research centres, companies and research D.D. MUR n. 341 del 15.03.2022 – Next Generation EU
Scholarship Title: Arthropod vectors and vector-borne pathogens
Research activity description: The research aims to generate new scientific knowledge and new tools for the monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis and prevention of vector arthropods and the prevention of pathogens transmitted to animals and humans. The study will be based on a One Health approach to achieve the following objectives: a) implementation of entomological surveillance systems against sand flies and ticks in urban, peri-urban and rural areas; b) epidemiological surveys on VBDs caused by allochthonous and/or autochthonous pathogens in populations at risk (i.e. migrants) or in specific epidemiological contexts with the identification of any exotic pathogen species potentially introduced in the new ecological contest; c) assessment of insecticide resistance mechanisms in sand flies and ticks; d) assessment of vector-pathogen relationship.

Project Name: Agritech – National Research Centre for Agricultural Technologies (CUP: H93C22000440007 Cod: CN00000022)
Call for proposal: NRRP Initiative, Mission 4, Component 2, Investment 1.4 “Strengthening research structures and creation of R&D “National Champions” on Key enabling technologies” D.D. n. 3138 DEL 16.12.2021 – Next Generation EU
Scholarship Title: FOodtraCeability, aUthentication and Safety by Emerging appRoaches (FOCUSER)
Research activity description: The research program aims to identify and apply technologies and methodologies which will enable the implementation of innovative molecular tracing systems to ensure safety throughout the supply chains for foods of animal origin. Indeed, the resulting authenticity certification may favor the development and consolidation of models to protect and enhance the whole food of animal origin sector. The specific objective of the research program is to identify potential molecular markers, using Omic technologies, to provide advanced analytical solutions to handle tracking and tracing, safety, and authenticity for foods of animal origin.

Admission procedure:
The selection procedures are pursuant to art. 6 comma B of the call.
The examination will be based on the evaluation of candidate qualification, proposed project, oral interview, and foreign language knowledge checking (English).
Admission tests for foreigners:
The videoconference interview (Skype platform) of foreign candidates will be held in English at an agreed time.

Admission exam dates and time:
Evaluation of qualifications: 27th December 2022
Evaluation of Proposed project: 27th December 2022
Oral interview: (date and venue) 28th December 2022 in presence at the Library of the Section of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Sp 62 km 3 70010 Valenzano (BA) at 9:00 am (CET)


Candidates holding one of the following qualifications are eligible regardless of their citizenship and age:
-degree awarded under the system “vecchio ordinamento” in place prior to the one introduced by MinisterialDecree(D.M.) no. 509 of 03 November 1999, amended by Ministerial Decree (D.M.) no. 270 of 22 October 2004;”laurea specialistica” or “laurea magistrale” (second cycle degree);
second-level academic qualification (“titoli accademici di secondo livello”) awarded by Institutions belonging tothe AFAM (“Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale”) sector;
-master’s degree awarded abroad, recognised as such solely for the purpose of admission to the competition.
A)Admission to the selection for the candidates with an academic degree conferred abroad
Those in possession of a degree from a foreign university which has not yet been declared equivalent to an Italiandegree will have to apply for their equivalence solely for the purposes of admission to the Ph.D. programme forwhich they intend to apply.
In such case, in order to allow for assessment of the qualification, application for participation must be accompanied,by the following documentation:

•(In the case of Italian and EU citizens) Self-certification, according to D.P.R. 445/2000 and subsequentmodifications, of the academic qualification obtained with details of examinations, the relative results and thelegal duration of the programme.
•(Non-EU citizens) A certificate attesting to the academic qualification obtained with details of examinations, therelative results and the legal duration of the programme together with a translation into Italian and/or english.The translation must be signed under the applicant’s own responsibility in order to allow the qualification to berecognized.

The suitability of qualifications obtained abroad will be evaluated by the Judging Commission in accordance with the regulations in force in Italy and in the country where the qualification was obtained and relative treaties and international agreements on the recognition of qualifications for the continuation of studies.
In case of admission to the Ph.D. programme, applicants must submit, within 60 days from the date of registration, the following documentation:

•Curricular qualifications translated into Italian and legalized by the relevant Italian diplomatic or consularrepresentations abroad;
•“Certificate of equivalence of qualification” of the foreign qualification issued by the relevant diplomatic orconsular representations abroad. Alternatively, the Certificate of comparability of the foreign universityqualification issued by the ENIC-NARIC centre in Italy (CIMEA) may be presented, containing all theinformation necessary for the assessment of the qualification.

For the purposes of entry into Italy, citizens of non-EU countries resident abroad must register on the Universitaly portal and apply for an entry visa (post-graduate visa type D) to the Italian Embassy or Consulate competent for the territory.
In case of doubts about the qualification validity, the University also reserve the right to request the “Certificate of equivalence of qualification” to those who have obtained a qualification in a European Union country.
B)Admission to the selection for candidates who have not yet received the degree

Candidates who are going to obtain the qualification necessary for entry to the Ph.D. programme may also apply ifthey are to obtain their qualification by and no later than January, 31 2023. Failure to gain the relevant qualificationsby this date will result in exclusion from the call.
These candidates will be admitted sub condicione and no later than January 31, 2023 must send by the self-certification (or certification in the case of qualifications obtained abroad) with dateand handwritten signature, accompanied by a copy of a valid photo identification document indicating:

-the name of the university issuing the qualification;
-date of completion of the qualification;
-type of qualification (specialist/master/old cycle degree, second level academic degree issued byinstitutions belonging to AFAM);
-final result.
Candidates who, for whatever reason, do not communicate the obtainment of the relevant qualification by the deadlines indicated or who send incomplete, incorrect applications, by different means or to different addresses other than those indicated above will be excluded from the call.
Those who have already benefited, even partially, from a scholarship for attending a doctoral course will also be excluded from participation.


The scholarships available in accordance with the profiles attached to this call, as well as those potentially added in accordance with Article 1, will be awarded with the Rector Decree in order of the merit ranking lists of each PhD course.
The annual scholarship is of € 16.243,00 subject to INPS social security contributions. The duration of the scholarship is equal to the entire duration of the programme.

The scholarship will be paid in deferred monthly instalments and the maximum total annual gross income limit necessary in order to qualify for a scholarship is set at € 16.000,00 (sixteenthousand/00).
The determination of this income limit includes income from property and assets as well as income of any other nature.
Exceeding the income limit will lead to the loss of the right to the scholarship for the year in which the excess occurs and obliges the repayment of any monthly payments already received.

The scholarship cannot be combined with other scholarships or grants, except for those intended to supplement research during stays abroad.
The scholarship cannot be awarded in the case of a suspension of more than thirty days, or exclusion from the programme.
During the programme the doctoral candidate may, for research needs, be authorized by the Coordinator for periods of up to six months, or by the Academic Board (Collegio dei Docenti), for periods of more than six months, to complete a period of study in Italy and/or abroad or to carry out an internship with either public or private bodies.

The amount of the scholarship is increased by 50% in the case of periods spent abroad.
Those entitled to a scholarship must, at the time of application, submit a declaration of expected gross personal income as well as declaring the absence of any eventual incompatibilities as outlined in the present article. Scholarship beneficiaries will be required to set up an INPS contribution profile, enrolling in the “Gestione separata” scheme of that Institute.

Scholarships shall be subject to tax relief provisions in accordance with Art. 4 of Law 13.08.1984 No. 476.
In any case the special provisions in each specific financing agreement for the scholarship, remain valid.
It is understood that, if a scholarship is declared ineligible for funding following verification by the competent ministerial office, the candidate registered in the post corresponding to that scholarship will be declared forfeited.


The application for participation in the selection must be submitted using only the appropriate procedure made available to ( log in here Apply now or Register on pica and apply online here APPLY NOW) no later than 19 December 2022 at 12.00 (Italian time CET), under penalty of exclusion from the selection.
Access to the procedure takes place on the PICA portal (Integrated University Competition Platform) which can be accessed upon registration or with SPID credentials, as indicated in the Guidelines. Applications received in a different way will be considered unvalid.

The registration fee for the competition is € 50.00; for foreign applicants residing abroad, no payments due. The
entry fee is non-refundable for any reason.
The candidate must pay the fee by clicking on the “Paga con Pago PA” button and choosing as the payment method:
•Credit/debit card: for card payment
•Current account: for direct debiting your account
•Other payment methods: such as PayPal or Satispay
Candidates wishing to participate in more than one call must submit multiple applications each showing the relevantqualifications and necessary attachments along with payment for each individual application made.

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