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Industrial PhD

What is the Industrial PhD?

An Industrial PhD is a three-year industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in collaboration between a  private or public sector company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university. The Industrial PhD is a part of Innovation Fund Denmark which is an independent fund at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science that invests in strategic research, high technology and innovation.

  • An Industrial PhD student is employed in a private or public sector company and enrolled at the university.
  • The private or public sector company applies for funding from Innovation Fund Denmark for the project, and the student is hired by the company and receives a wage during the entire Industrial PhD project.
  • The student shares her/his working time between the company and the university, and spends all the work time on the Industrial PhD project.

Why do an Industrial PhD?

What do you get out of an Industrial PhD project?

  • As a student you get at the possibility to carry out an application-oriented research project 
  • As a student you build a network outside the traditional university sector and gain a career profile that is attractive both inside and outside the university
  • As a bridge builder between company and university you can contribute to the creation of new research collaboration

How your company benefits from working with an Industrial PhD

Benefits and facts about hiring an Industrial PhD:

  • The company gets a candidate able to carry out a high quality research project and create results that can lead to commercial gain
  • The company strengthens its relations to the university environment and gets unique possibilities for future research collaboration and access to new knowledge
  • The student shares her/his working time between the university and the company

How to apply

To be considered for enrolment in an Industrial PhD programme, an application must be submitted to both Innovation Fund Denmark and a PhD school. The company formally applies to Innovation Fund Denmark, and the potential Industrial PhD student formally applies to the PhD school.

For further information and application see www.innovationsfonden.dk

Rules and guidelines

You can read more about the guidelines at the webside: innovationsfonden.dk


If you have questions about the industrial PhD/ Researcher Scheme, please contact:

  • Faculty of Arts: Anna Louise Dolan Plaskett, email: plaskett@au.dk
  • Aarhus BSS: email: bss.hr@au.dk
  • Faculty of Health: Henrik Scriver, email: hsc@au.dk
  • Faculty of Science and Technology: Rikke J. Ljungmann, email: rjl@au.dk

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