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InnoEnergy PhD School, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The InnoEnergy PhD School supports research with impact. We enable doctoral candidates to complement their research with essential entrepreneurial, innovation, business and personal skills. We strengthen connections between individual researchers across Europe. 


Empowering research. Enabling innovation

  • From idea to product.
  • From lab to market.
  • From doctoral candidate to potential entrepreneur.

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.

InnoEnergy PhD School offers:

  • Unmatched access to complementary training in entrepreneurship, innovation and business skills to PhD candidates enrolled in universities across Europe.
  • Dedicated support for PhD candidates to develop collaborative, cross-cultural skills among our international network of research, business, industrial and start-up partners.
  • Unrivalled opportunities to pool knowledge, share experiences and spark new ideas among a growing network of active, engaged and committed business and research partners.

By joining the InnoEnergy PhD School:

  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • Open for applications at all times. 
    • However, applicants to accept meets twice a year, usually in March-April and November.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

  • The InnoEnergy PhD School provides access to a unique series of training courses and educational opportunities that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and business for doctoral candidates and future innovators. It provides additional depth, context and insight to your research, equips you with in-demand skills and attributes that have value in the employment market, and offers significant opportunities for networking with peers and practitioners across Europe.
  • The training and international placements are designed as an addition to your own research: they should complement your work rather than replace or detract from it.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

We are looking for doctoral candidates who:

  • Can demonstrate an interest in innovation in the energy field
  • Are working on a thesis 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

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.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Eindhoven

  • 850 - 1350 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


The InnoEnergy PhD School mainly provides access to complementary educational and networking opportunities and international placements across Europe, but it does not fund individual PhD research.

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