What do you offer?

  • What do you offer?

    A great deal. Our PhD School is a unique supplementary education in entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation (EIB) for future innovators. It compliments your regular studies at your home university, enhancing your market value when seeking later employment.

    For more information, see our “why join us” page.

Who can apply?

  • Who can apply?

    We welcome PhD candidates registered at a European university and enrolled in a PhD position, especially those wishing to add skills in innovation and entrepreneurship to their ongoing studies. In order to have enough time to complete the PhD School programme, the candidates are required to have at least 2 years left before their PhD defence. If this sounds like you, our PhD School could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

    For more information, see our “Admission and Selection Criteria” page

Can candidates from any university apply?

  • Can candidates from any university apply?

    We accept candidates from any European university as long as it applies to become a project partner to KIC InnoEnergy. After acceptance, a formal agreement is signed.

    For more information, see our “Admission and Selection Criteria” page

What is the duration of the PhD School?

  • What is the duration of the PhD School?

    Once a doctoral candidate is accepted, he/she is expected to participate in the programme until the end of his/her PhD thesis.
    A candidate is normally estimated to take three to four years to complete his/her thesis, from start to finish.  In order to have enough time to complete the PhD School programme, the candidates are required to have at least 2 years left before their PhD defence. Enrollment in the PhD school begins with a formal agreement between KIC InnoEnergy and the candidate’s employer, and lasts for as long as you are paid for by your research project. Get in touch with us for any questions about the formal agreement.

What fields of study/topics are in focus?

  • What fields of study/topics are in focus?

    We welcome PhD candidates from any of our thematic areas. It’s a broad range that covers many interests: Clean Coal Technologies, Electricity Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy from Chemical Fuels, Renewable Energies, Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities, Smart Electric Grid, Sustainable Nuclear and Renewable Convergence.

Can students from non-technical backgrounds apply?

  • Can students from non-technical backgrounds apply?

    Yes they can. Mixing business and technical aspects is one of our goals. If you come from a non-technical field such as energy management, economics, business and innovation, we’d be happy to receive your application.

What do you look for in candidates?

  • What do you look for in candidates?

    We are looking for PhD candidates with a genuine interest in energy innovation and in turning research into viable business opportunities. This naturally involves patent, IP and risk assessment issues as well. Your PhD thesis should have innovation and entrepreneurship potential, as well as industrial relevance.

When is the application deadline?

  • When is the application deadline?

    You can apply all year-round. The KIC InnoEnergy PhD School evaluation committee meets three times a year to rank applicants. Final selection is via a series of online interviews plus a face-to-face assessment interview. More information is given on the application pages

    For more information, see our “Application” page

Can I apply to if I do not have a PhD position and project yet?

  • Can I apply to if I do not have a PhD position and project yet?

    You need to enrol as a PhD candidate at a higher educational institute with degree-awarding rights before you can apply. You must also have secured financing for the full period of your thesis. As soon as these are in place, you are free to apply.

What is the nature of the industrial involvement in my PhD thesis?

  • What is the nature of the industrial involvement in my PhD thesis?

    Your industrial partner can be involved in project definition, in supervision, in offering an internship, or in financial support.

Do you offer scholarships?

  • Do you offer scholarships?

    Although KIC InnoEnergy does not fund PhD positions directly, a number of our partner universities do. We fund additional activities focused on innovation and entrepreneurship that run in parallel to the normal PhD studies. If you are interested in applying, first check the available positions in our partner universities and research organisations then contact us again.

What are the requirements of the PhD School?

  • What are the requirements of the PhD School?

    Once enrolled in the PhD School programme, the PhD candidates shall:

    • Attend all the mandatory trainings of the programme
    • Attend at least one optional training
    • Perform 4 to 12 months of international mobility stay
    • Keep us informed of their success stories (awards obtained, creation of a start-up, new collaboration established thanks to their work…)
    • Keep us informed of the difficulties that might impact their involvement in KIC InnoEnergy PhD School.
    • Write an entrepreneurial and innovation report at the end of their thesis.

What are the requirements for the mobility?

  • What are the requirements for the mobility?

    Mobility stays shall be done in Europe. Each candidate can decide to realize several mobility stays as long as the total duration spent in foreign organisations lasts between 4 to 12 months.

    Mobility stays can be performed in research organisations or in a companies.

    They have to be approved both by the PhD Candidate’s supervisor and the local PhD School officer of KIC InnoEnergy.

    Within one month after the end of the mobility stay, the candidate shall write a 5 to 10 page report explaining:

    • the choice of the host organisation for the mobility
    • the assignments of the PhD candidates during the mobility stay
    • the outputs of the mobility for the PhD Candidate and her/his thesis,
    • the outputs of the mobility for the employer of the PhD Candidate
    • the outputs for the receiving organisation

What expenses does KIC InnoEnergy cover during the programme?

  • What expenses does KIC InnoEnergy cover during the programme?

    We cover expenses linked to the training modules and the mobility stay. This can, for example, be travel, tuition fees and accommodation.

    Note that mobility cannot be funded if the Candidate already receives funding from another European programme (example: PhD Candidates from Select+ programme – category A).

    PhD student does not receive any funding directly from KIC InnoEnergy, only the employer do.

What accreditation do I get after graduation?

  • What accreditation do I get after graduation?

    After completing the PhD School, you are awarded a certificate highlighting you innovation and entrepreneurship accomplishments.