Application Procedure

NOTE: Sorry but for the third cycle there are not scholarships.

NOTE: The application procedure outlined below is not active, since the deadline for applying to the second edition of the MSc expired on 10 July 2015.

The Application Procedure outlined below applies only to applicants from countries eligible for scholarships by the Italian Cooperation, and who are interested in the Land and Water curriculum. Candidates from other countries, including Italy, are invited to apply directly to the University of Florence, at their own expense.
In 2015 the Italian Cooperation will provide funding for 16 participants to be selected from the following countries: EthiopiaKenya, Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.


If you have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forest Sciences or Natural Sciences, after no less than a 3-year undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the MSc in Management pf Natural Resources for Tropical Rural Development.
A very good knowledge of English, the working language of all academic activities, is an essential requirement.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants employed in public or academic institutions and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply.


Applications are accepted only through the on-line system, which includes 2 steps:

  • application form
  • upload of university transcripts and supporting documents.

Applicants may also be asked to be available for a Skype interview, at the discretion of the MSc academic staff.


The deadline for accepting applications is Friday, 10 July 2015. Materials received after this deadline will not be considered.


Before submitting the on-line application form, please prepare the following documents to be uploaded:

  •  CV (EU format recommended)
  •  BSc Degree + full transcripts
  •  Motivation letter
  •  Employer’s supporting statement
  •  English language proficiency certificate (optional if BSc degree was earned in English)
  •  Additional certificates or supporting documents (optional)

All of the above documents should be merged into 1 PDF file, max 5 MB.

When you are ready, proceed to the on-line application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please be ready to submit your application in one session.


For technical issues related to the application procedure, you may contact This address is not to be used for sending application materials, which can only be submitted throught the website.

NOTE – In order to register to the MSc, accepted participants will be asked to bring copies of their BSc degree certificate and the related Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore), a document issued by the local Italian Embassy which is essential for enrolling at the University of Florence. Also, a passport valid at least until December 2017 is required. IAO will provide support for the VISA to enter Italy and, afterwards, for the Permit of Stay at the Italian Ministry of Interior. The Permit will cover study periods only.