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Funded PhD position Umicore Materials Technology in Belgium


Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) is offering Umicore Materials Technology PhD Award to study in Belgium. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this award.

FWO seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives.

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) is an independent agency that stimulates and supports ground-breaking fundamental research in all areas of science at the universities in the Flemish Community, including associated research institutes.

Course Level: Award is available to pursue Ph.D. programme.

Study Subject: On the initiative of Umicore organizing the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO) and the Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS (FRS-FNRS) the ‘Umicore Materials Technology PhD Award in recognition of an original contribution in one of the following areas:

  • Recycling/resource scarcity (related to metals)
  • Materials for Catalysis
  • Materials for Batteries

Scholarship Award: The award amounts to € 10,000 and will be awarded in recognition of original and outstanding scientific doctoral research in the areas listed above.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

The Award will be granted on the basis of the recommendations of an independent Jury of scientific experts, appointed by the F.R.S.-FNRS and the FWO, and following an evaluation procedure in two stages. The first stage consists of a Jury review of all applications, in which the highest-ranked candidates will be shortlisted. In a second stage, shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their research (through video conference interview) to a joint evaluation committee of the Scientific Jury and representative members of Umicore R&D staff. From this second stage of the evaluation, the final laureate will eventually be chosen.

Candidates must be in a position to interact freely with Umicore.

Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this award.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have their previous degree.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

How to Apply: Applications, written in English, have to be submitted using the appropriate form by Monday, July 3, 2017, at the latest (UTC+1). The application form, an executive summary of max. 5 pages emphasizing the originality of the research, a summary in layman’s terms, an electronic version of the PhD thesis and curriculum vitae have to be submitted via email to

Deadline: July 3, 2017.

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