The Institutional and Academic Partnership with Somali National University

The Institutional and Academic Partnership with Somali National University (UNS 5) is a higher education initiative of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation aiming at providing scholarships to researchers, public administration officers, social entrepreneurs and young leaders, who have graduated from the Somali National University.

The Partnership with Somali National University offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and change makers to develop professionally and academically, create an extensive network, experience Italian culture, and build lasting positive relationships with Italy.

The Politecnico di Milano leads the UNS 5 project in close partnership with the University of Florence, the University of Bologna, the University of Napoli Federico II and the University of Rome- Sapienza, the University of Bari Aldo Moro, the University of Pavia.

The partnership also includes Roma3 University and the University of Trieste.

The program offers a total of max. 2 PhD scholarships for the PhD programme “Animal Health and Zoonosis”, offered at University of Bari Aldo Moro, for Citizens of Somalia who are resident in their home country and who have graduated from the Somali National University. Citizens of Somalia who have graduated from the Somali National University and have completed or are about to complete their Master degree at the University of Bari within the UNS3 project are also eligible to apply.

The Scholarship will cover the duration of the PhD programme for a maximum of three years (a.y. 2021-2022, a.y. 2022-2023, a.y. 2023-2024).

PhD Program Animal Health and Zoonosis

Academic activities are scheduled over 36 months, tentatively starting from November 2021.

The PhD program is delivered in English.

Applicants should pay careful attention to the admission requirements and documents. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Please refer to the University of Bari website and help desk for assistance.

Applications are now open and must be submitted no later than November 24th 2021 at 12pm, Italian time.

Application procedure

The call for the PhD program Animal Health and Zoonosis is now open. Applications for scholarships must be submitted no later than November 24th 2021 at 12pm, Italian time.

The application consists of two steps:

Step 1 - Application

Students wishing to apply to PhD Program Animal Health and Zoonosis at the University of Bari Aldo Moro within the UNS5 project must complete the following procedure.

Please send the application documents listed below to within the above-mentioned deadline (November 24th 2021 at 12pm), specifying the following phrase in the object of the email: “project UNS5 – PhD application 2021/2022”.

Application documents:

  • A certificate attesting to the degree of study with the indication of the examinations and the relative results and the legal duration of the programme together with a translation into Italian, if the original language of the documents is different. The translation must be signed under the responsibility of the candidate in order that the qualification be recognized;
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining academic qualifications  and  study,  scientific  activities  and  professional experience,  written in  Italian or English  indicating  the  academic qualifications    In particular, candidates should indicate: any scholarships awarded by Italian, foreign or international bodies specifying the start date, end date, and duration; Attestations of participation in postgraduate or Master’s degree programmes, specifying the  date  of completion, duration,  and  the  training  provider;  Any acknowledgments and other scientific/academic titles deemed relevant to selection;
  • Scientific publications;
  • A summary of the degree thesis in English, of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 pages organized as follows: thesis topic, research methodology, results obtained;
  • Indication of the specific research interest of the applicant (Statement of Research Interest) in English;
  • At least two letters of reference in English from experts or professors of the Institutions where the candidate has studied or has worked or has collaborated with;
  • A research project in English relating to the Ph.D. program for which application is made. The project must be focused on research fields of the PhD Doctorate, as follows:
  • A photocopy of a valid ID document of the applicant.



The selection will be made on the basis of the evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications and of a research project focusing on one of the topics of the PhD course. Candidates who have passed the first step of the evaluation will be invited to take an oral examination. The oral examination will be carried out in English and will consist of a Skype interview to discuss the candidate’s qualifications and skills and the presented research project.

The Commission, for the evaluation of each candidate, in addition to the qualifications score, may award up to forty points for the project evaluation and up to forty points for the oral examination.

The Judging Commission will formulate the list of candidates admitted to the oral test. Before the oral examination, candidates will be informed of the scores obtained in the evaluation of qualifications and in the evaluation of the project.

Candidates obtaining a score of no less than 27/40 in the project evaluation will be admitted to the oral examination. The oral examination will be considered passed in cases in which the candidate has scored no less than 27/40.

At the end of the oral examination session, the Judging Commission will formulate the list of candidates examined with an indication of results awarded.

This list, signed by the President and the Secretary of the Commission, will be posted on the same day on the notice board of the exam venue or published on the PhD web page specified in the profile.

All the candidates who have passed all the evaluation steps will be eligible for the scholarship. The final decision about the assignation of the scholarship will be taken by the UNS 5 project Management Committee.

Step 2 - Notification

Submit the AICS notification form in order to inform the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) of your application.

If either the university application (Step 1) or the AICS notification form (Step 2) is missing after November 24th at 12pm, your candidature will not be considered.

👉 AICS notification form

Important: Covid-19 updates in Italy

Please note that the Italian Government has decided that, since September 1st, in order to access all universities facilities it is necessary to have a Green Pass/ EU Digital Covid Certificate. Please consider that only the following vaccines are considered valid to obtain the Green Pass:

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If you have not been vaccinated yet, you will be able to do so after your arrival in Italy.

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