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This is your opportunity to change the energy future.

Find out what we are looking for in a candidate and their research, whether you meet the application criteria, and what documents you need to prepare. Make sure you’ve got the support of your supervisor and your university, and then fill in the online application form.

Questions? Contact us for more information and support during your application process.

Current application dates

The InnoEnergy PhD School is open for applications all year round. Application deadlines are set depending on the availability of courses.

Would you like to start your online and on-campus training next September? Then apply before 12 May 2019


InnoEnergy PhD School is available to participants enrolled in a PhD programme at one of our European partner universities at no cost (the cost of on-campus and online courses, mentorship, PhD Annual Conference, international placements, travel expenses and mobility grants are subsidized by InnoEnergy and the EIT)

Not sure if your university is part of our network? Contact us via to know more.

PhD candidates enrolled at non-EU or non-partner universities, post-docs and researchers are also welcome to join the PhD School. For them, we offer two possible tracks to follow:

Innovation Route*:  including access to online and on-campus courses, InnoEnergy ecosystem, mentorship and the PhD Annual Conference.

Mobility Route*:  including access to online and on-campus courses, InnoEnergy ecosystem, mentorship, the PhD Annual Conference and international placement opportunities.

Contact us via to learn about the fees involved in each route.

*Mobility grants are not available for these candidates.


How to apply: Overview

Step 1: Review the admission criteria

Before applying, make sure you can meet all the admission criteria. We are looking for (post) doctoral candidates and researchers who:

  • Can demonstrate an interest in innovation in the energy field
  • Wish to turn research into viable business opportunities
  • Are working on a thesis/research project with strong potential for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Have a strong industry connection for their thesis
  • Are actively looking to make an impact with their research

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Step 2: Prepare the required documents

You will need to upload a number of documents with your application form, including:

  • Your CV or résumé
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • A cover letter explaining your reasons for applying
  • Letter of support from your thesis supervisor
  • Letter of interest from your industrial partner(s)
  • Transcripts and certificates of your Master’s degree
  • A passport-style photo or similar head-shot for name badges, security passes etc.

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Step 3: Complete the online application form

The form is available here, and takes about 20-30 minutes to fill in.

Find the application page here.

Step 4: After application

All applications are assessed by the InnoEnergy PhD School evaluation committee. The evaluation committee ranks all applicants, and calls top-ranked applicants for a series of face-to-face interviews and a day-long assessment centre.

Once completed, all applicants are informed of the outcome of the selection process.

Step 5: For accepted candidates

If you are successful, you will be offered provisional acceptance into the InnoEnergy PhD School. To confirm your acceptance, you will need to define a personal training plan. This aims to ensure the best follow-up for your chosen activities and to allocate the right budget for your participation in the InnoEnergy PhD School.

Your enrolment in the InnoEnergy PhD School begins with a formal agreement between InnoEnergy and your employer, and lasts for as long as you are paid for research project.