InnoEnergy PhD School

We empower (post) doctoral candidates and researchers with a series of on-campus and online courses, mentorship and international placement opportunities to boost their entrepreneurial, innovation and personal skills.

By becoming part of the InnoEnergy ecosystem, participants gain access to a network of like-minded individuals, startups, scaleups, innovation projects, universities and industrial partners across Europe. They even spend four to six months applying their ideas at a university or industrial partner as part of our international placement programme.

Interested? Get in touch to know how InnoEnergy PhD School can boost your career, your research or your product development.

Empowering research. Enabling innovation.


The InnoEnergy PhD School is about enabling transformation. Turning cutting-edge research into innovative solutions that will have an impact on our world. Giving researchers the skills, insight and contacts needed to add depth and context to their research. Creating new networks of emerging knowledge, expertise and vision. And all to convert current energy systems into sustainable alternatives.

We offer:

1. Unmatched access to complementary training in entrepreneurship, innovation and business through on-campus and online courses to PhD candidates enrolled in universities across and beyond Europe.

2. Dedicated support and mentorship to develop collaborative, cross-cultural skills among our international network of research, business, industrial and startup partners.

3. Unrivalled opportunities to pool knowledge, share experiences and spark new ideas among a growing network of active business and research partners through activities like our Annual PhD School Conference and our international placements.

By joining the InnoEnergy PhD School: 

(Post) Doctoral candidates build personal networks across Europe while enhancing their understanding of business organisations, the innovation process, and the energy sector as a whole. Exclusive access to complementary training enables candidates to maintain the highest standards of research, while boosting their innovation capacity, and enhancing their CV with highly prized, in-demand business and personal skills.

Research labs extend their influence across Europe, increase their attractiveness to grant-giving and funding bodies, contribute to wider research activities, develop a reputation for both innovation and collaborative research, and turn research results into products and services that can generate revenue.

Business partners host the brightest entrepreneurial minds and the most exciting research in their field, gain competitive advantage through priority access to new innovations, and strengthen connections between industrial R&D and academic research.

Interested? Apply now. Application deadline 12 May.

Build new skills

From Energy Economics to Law for Academic Innovators. From an Innovation Bootcamp to a Summer School for Entrepreneurs!

Find out how these on-campus and online courses complement individual research, add context and depth to the innovation process, increase the potential of new ideas, and help ensure real impact in and outside the lab.

Expand your network

International placements, PhD Annual Conference and personal mentorship; all designed for you to spark new ideas, share insights and expand your personal and professional innovation network.

The InnoEnergy PhD School enables all participants to develop international connections and build bridges between business and academia – find out more here.

Application & Investment

The InnoEnergy PhD School is open for applications from candidates enrolled on relevant doctoral programmes, post-docs and researchers working at European and non-European universities. 

Find out about the candidates we’re looking for, the academic and language requirements, the documents you need to provide and how to submit your application here.

Application deadline: 12 May, 2019.

PhD candidates making a difference

PhD candidates already participating in the InnoEnergy PhD School explain the experience in their own words.

What have they learned? How have they benefited? What are their plans for the future? And how have they managed complementary training and international placements with their own research? Find out here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about the training courses, international places, co-funding, admissions criteria, the application process, the benefits of the InnoEnergy PhD School for research supervisors, academic institutions and businesses – and much more – in our FAQs.