Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: SINCHEM, Ph.D.

Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: SINCHEM, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #138 (BCR) ,
SINCHEM is a three year international joint Doctoral School in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry offered by a consortium of 30 partner institutions (7 full partners and 23 associated members). Strong industrial links to major companies in the field are a key part of SINCHEM. This Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: SINCHEM programme is offered by the University of Bologna.


SINCHEM seek to exploit fundamental knowledge to applied development by developing collaborations between high level academic and industrial teams across Europe. Our main mission will be to transfer sustainable/green chemistry from idea to innovation.

Characteristics of the Doctorate

The scientific objectives of SINCHEM are to perform world-level science in the field of sustainable chemistry with full attention to the interface with the industrial chemistry competitiveness and Europe’s environment and sustainable development.

This Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Sustainable Industrial Chemistry: SINCHEM programme is offered by the University of Bologna. The new SINCHEM applications is open. In connection with the call for applications, the SINCHEM Consortium has published a new catalog of PhD reseach topics.

Full Partners

The core (main partners) of SINCHEM is formed from seven highly-qualified academic Institutions, ranging from Universities to Polytechnic and Ecole Supérieure in order to have a good mixing between fundamental and applied research.

  • University Of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy) . Programme Coordinator
  • University Of Messina (Italy)
  • University Of Nottingham (UK)
  • Ecole Nationale Superieure De Chimie De Montpellier (France)
  • Rwth Aachen University (Germany)
  • University Of Lyon (France)
  • Politecnico Di Torino (Italy)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

SINCHEM will focused on the following mains sectors, which are both key aspects of the principles for sustainable/green chemistry and critical elements for the innovation in the sustainable chemical industry:

  • Development of innovative catalysts and catalytic processes.
  • Novel green solvents.
  • Renewable energy and raw materials.
  • Micro-reactors and membrane.
NEW – SINCHEM Project Catalog
  • Upgrading bio-platform molecules in the gas-phase: from levulinic acid to bio-chemicals
  • Industrial application of CO2-philic macroRAFT for polymerisation in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2)
  • Electrolyzing Bio-Refineries – Dynamic Catalytic Processes for Biomass Valorization
  • Synthesis and applications of waterborne bio-based latexes
  • Coupling of soot oxidation and ammonia-mediated selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides
  • Novel Photoactive Organometallic Catalysts for Solar Energy Harvest and Storage
  • Development of Innovative Electrodes for the Electrocatalytic Conversion of Small Molecules.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General admission criteria
  • Candidates must hold a 2nd Level Master Degree or a Single-Cycle Degree in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Bio-Engineering, Materials Science, or equivalent degree in a pertinent field, awarded by a College, University or Technical School with recognized standing.
  • Students can apply even if they have not finished their master or engineering studies within our application deadline as long as they will have finished by October 1st of the year they intend to start their PhD.
  • Language requirements: Candidates are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English, either by proving that some of their previous studies were successfully completed in English (minimum two years), or by submitting the results of a recognized language proficiency test.
  • Knowledge of other relevant languages like German, French and Italian is favorable.
Required documents

The application process requires candidates the following data and documents:

  • Filled Application Form
  • CV (European format)
  • Degree certificate/diploma and Academic Transcript
  • Letter of motivation
  • 2 Reference letters
  • Official Proof of English
  • passport-sized photograph
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

If you are a non-scholarship holders the participation costs are 2.000 euro per year.

Living costs for Bologna

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are excellent fellowship opportunities for students accepted to the SINCHEM-JD. These fellowships are given to the highest ranked PhD candidates for the duration of the Ph.D. program (three years).

The offer of scholarships depends on the category to which the candidate belongs (see Call for application for details Art. 7). The gross amounts (cost to company) of individual EMJD fellowships for fixed living allowance will be 2800 Euro/month. The net amount of salary will result from deducting all relevant charges and taxes according to national regulations (minimum 1400 Euro/month).

Conditional on the approval of the European Commission, for the academic year 2015, the following scholarships are offered:

6 scholarships by the European Commission under the Erasmus Mundus scheme:

  • 5 for Category A applicants (Partner Country fellowship)
  • 1 for Category B applicants (Programme Country fellowship)
  • Additional scholarships may become available at a later stage.

Erasmus Mundus Category A (Partner Country Candidates) scholarships are reserved for applicants who:

  1. do not come from an EU-area country (EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein); applicants from Western Balkans (from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) can apply for Category A scholarships

  2. and are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for a period equal or longer than a total of 12 months over the last five years (until 28 February 2015) in the EU-area countries.

    This rule does not apply to non “EU-area” candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in order to follow an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme.

Erasmus Mundus Category B scholarships (Programme Country Candidates) are reserved for applicants who do not fulfill the Category A criteria defined above. Applicants from Turkey, FYROM (Macedonia), Switzerland can apply for Category B scholarships.

Candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus Masters scholarship can apply for either Category A or Category B. Though, if their nationality is one of the EU countries, they can only apply under Cat. B.

Scholarships of different types will be awarded according to merit and in compliance with Erasmus Mundus regulations.

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