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The Industrial PhD programme

An Industrial PhD is an industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD student and a university.

An Industrial PhD student is employed in the company and enrolled at the university (in this case the Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS at Aarhus University). The Industrial PhD student shares his/her working time equally between the company and the university, and spends all the working time on the Industrial PhD project.

What to gain from entering into an Industrial PhD project?

  • The project allows the Industrial PhD student to carry out a research project where results are applied in an enterprise setting.
  • The company gets an Industrial PhD student who is able to carry out a high quality research project and create results that can lead to commercial gain. At the same time, the company strengthens its relations to existing and new collaboration partners at the university.
  • The university strengthens its relations with the business sector, and a foundation for new research is created.

The application procedure
: The company applies for funding for the project from Innovation Fund Denmark, and the potential Industrial PhD student applies to GSTS. The candidate must have conditional approval from GSTS before the head of department signs a signature sheet for the company’s application to Innovation Fund Denmark, so please, consider the application deadlines closely.

GSTS recommends that the company, the potential Industrial PhD student and the potential main supervisor at the university are all involved prior to submitting an application to ensure that all parties agree on the framework and content of the application – and thereby also the Industrial PhD project.

Extra info for the potential Industrial PhD student: GSTS does not provide contact to specific companies. You are welcome to contact them yourself, or contact a potential university supervisor who might have some company contacts.

Contact persons

Rikke J. Ljungmann

Advisor, special consultant
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