EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School

EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School

The Doctoral School: Turn your thesis into a startup

The EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School supports PhD students in transforming their research results or patents into marketable solutions.

The programme involves PhD students from our partner universities and may include collaboration with industry partners from the EIT Manufacturing community which help create an industrial doctorate position. These partners come from a variety of sectors such as automotive, aerospace, process industry, machinery and equipment, electronics, Information and Communication Technologies or medical technologies.

The EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School is a complementary programme on top of the PhD studies at one of our partner universities (scroll down to know our partner universities). This Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) programme from us is an international two-year education focused on manufacturing innovation and entrepreneurship. The educational experience is enriched through five months, in which students are given the opportunity to move in academic and non-academic environments.

How to apply?!

Application deadline: 15 Feb 2024

Applicants must be enrolled into a PhD position at one of our partner universities (scroll down to know our partner universities)

Programme overview

The I&E programme is categorised into 2 tracks allowing PhD students follow the track that is most suitable for their professional career. Our selection committee will identify the suitable track based on your application.

Track 1: Awareness and Orientation track

The Awareness and Orientation track within the I&E Program is designed for PhD students not currently planning immediate entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial projects. It is a two-year programme.

Track 2: Business Creation track

The Business Creation track in the I&E Program is designed for PhD students with a specific interest in developing their own entrepreneurial business idea. This track comprises two one-year programmes.

In both the tracks, students focus on learning “How to Develop a Business Idea”, in the first year and in the second year, they delve into “How to Validate a Business Idea and Prepare for a Launch”. What differentiates the tracks is that, in the Business Creation track, students will have a 1-to-1 mentoring session from our experts who will assist you in every step of your business creation.

Meet Artur Gonçalves from the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School

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Programme structure

The methodology of the I&E programme in both tracks and in both years is based on Design Thinking principles. Our programme mirrors the standard 5 phases, from empathizing to testing, as per the Stanford d.School methodology. Additionally, we have integrated two more phases into our roadmap:

  • Self-discovery
  • Pre-launch.

Throughout these stages, business creation methodologies are enhanced by generating scientific and technological knowledge and practical application. Students/teams are provided with manufacturing mentors to guide them through the innovation process, making our programme distinct, comprehensive, and particularly focused on manufacturing.

The EITM Doctoral School requires the PhD student to complete:

  • 30 ECTS of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) activities
  • 15 ECTS of international mobility
  • 15 ECTS of cross-sectorial mobility

For more details about ECTS, kindly check in our application portal.

Programme schedule

The I&E programme take place from April to December every year.

They are delivered in blended mode with online activities along the year and three on site events as below:

  • Manufacturing Innovation Webinars: 30 May to 13 Dec, 2024 (Online)
  • Spring School: April 3 to 16, 2024 (Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • Summer School: July 1 to 12, 2024 (Mondragon, Spain)
  • Winter School: 25 Nov to 06 Dec, 2024 (Porto, Portugal)
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6 Webinars

Manufacturing Innovation Webinars

As part of the Doctoral School programme, students will also have 6 innovation webinars on various topics of manufacturing such as Digital, Ethical, Sustainable, Supply Chain Maufacturing, etc. providing an in-depth understanding of these topics which is an essential step to move towards innovative, modern and sustainable manufacturing techniques.

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1 week onsite programme

Spring School

The EIT Manufacturing Spring School offers an exciting opportunity for participants to delve into the dynamic realm of sustainable building technologies through the Data Usage challenge. This challenge focuses on harnessing the power of data and leveraging the Technology Roadmap Strategy (TRM) as a guiding framework.

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2 weeks onsite programme

Summer School

The EIT Manufacturing Summer School on Exploring the Market for Eco-friendly and Socially Committed Manufacturing offers participants the possibility to study the reference context and users of their Business Idea, using problem framing methodologies, in order to develop economically, environmentally and socially sustainable solutions. For those still developing their business idea will engage in tackling a designated challenge

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2 weeks onsite programme

Winter School

The EIT Manufacturing Winter School on Innovation Ecosystem & Business Design offers participants with the skills and knowledge to design and develop business ideas that align with their professional and personal backgrounds while exploring how cutting-edge technologies and emerging business trends are implemented in an industrial setting

Note: This was the topic for the programme in 2023

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The EIT Label Certificate

Along with the PhD degree from our partner universities, all our students are Awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT Label is a certificate of quality and excellence for educational programmes that are focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and leadership.

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Write to us at doctoralschool@eitmanufacturing.eu

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Our partner universities

Only PhD students from one of the following partner universities can apply for the EIT Manufacturing Doctoral School to percieve our complementary I&E programme.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Grenoble INP

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

University of TartuUniversity of Tartu

University of Tartu

Mondragon University

FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

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