UNIPhD - Programme key features

UNIPhD - Why to apply? 

UNIPhD will deliver a new generation of promising researchers with a distinctive skill set and able to tackle the challenging problems of tomorrow’s society.

The training programme is specifically conceived to improve their career prospects and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. The contribution of non-academic partners in the research and training programme will help the ESRs to gain solid skills that would suit the needs of both the academic and the private sector, thus substantially increasing their market value and career prospects.

Upon completion of the training programme, the ESRs will have unequalled career profiles, which should allow them to secure positions in academia or private or public or even to start their own company.

The learning outcomes will be:

  Cutting-edge research

ESRs will be recruited to work on research topics that have been selected based on their excellence, impact, and future perspectives. Upon graduation, ESRs will be familiar with the state-of-the-art in their research field, aware of future challenges, and capable of developing innovative solutions. 

  Technical skills

ESRs will receive hands-on training on the advanced infrastructure available at Unipd and will have access to state-of-the-art equipment.


UNIPhD is designed around several departments and scientific research areas. The natural multidisciplinarity emerging from such a cultural ground will touch every ESR who will be impacted by contacts with researchers of other scientific research areas, broadening their minds and research attitude from the early stages of their scientific career. ESRs will develop the aptitude to tackle scientific problems as a team by learning that success in multidisciplinary research requires a joint effort between experts, both locally and (inter)nationally.

  Transferable skills

At the end of the UNIPhD training programme, ESRs will be equipped with a wide range of complementary skills regarding:

Responsible Research Innovation (RRI);

Scientific Communication, through which ESRs will develop high-level communication and organizational skills and a natural approach to tackle scientific problems as members of a multidisciplinary team. They will learn to present the results of their studies, in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing, to scientific and lay audiences. Presentation skills will be acquired and practiced through group meetings, network meetings, participation in (inter)national conferences and dissemination events. Importantly, through the annual network meetings, ESRs will develop a natural attitude to think and discuss research in a cross-boundary way.

Proposals writing and funding search: ESRs will enhance their proposal writing competences in order to submit competitive proposals both in European and international funding schemes. This allows to improve their independence and to guarantee better career perspectives.

Networks: involvement in the extended UNIPhD network, which includes professional partners at the (inter)national and intersectorial level, will allow ESRs to establish valuable connections for the subsequent steps of their career. At the end of the programme, ESRs will find it absolutely natural to establish new collaborations and to communicate through networks.

  Intersectoral openness

The exposure of ESRs to the non-academic sector through various opportunities (e.g. secondments, training) will make them familiar with carrying out research in non-academic settings. They will get acquainted with different working conditions of private, semi-private or public organizations (e.g. confidentiality, responsibility, scheduling, reporting). As a result, ESRs will be very competitive candidates when entering the job market. In terms of entrepreneurship, the ESRs will be conducting boundary-shifting research projects and be aware of where challenges and opportunities lie. The non-academic partners will train them in the commercialization of research and will teach them about intellectual property rights, risk management and business development. Thus, ESRs will be well set to take on entrepreneurial challenges.

  Intercultural competences

By living and working in a different country, every ESR will gain confidence with different cultures and people. National boundaries will be irrelevant to them and traveling across Europe for solving scientific problems will be absolutely natural. This will aid to create a European identity and ESRs will be ambassadors of a strong, entrepreneurial Europe. Furthermore, by being part of a European research network, ESRs will establish, at a very early stage in their career, a network of fellow researchers in their area of expertise. Acquaintances made at this stage will impact the rest of their lives, ensuring a lifelong integration in the European Research Area.

  Information about future career paths in research and beyond

The UNiPhD impact on the candidate’s career opportunities will be valorised by a careful construction of Individual Career Development Plan (CDP). The CDP analysis will be based on a 4-step process including:

(i) an initial assessment of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, specifically highlighting strengths, weaknesses, opportunity and threats (SWOT analysis) relative to a “triple-i” scenario of International-Interdisciplinar-Intersectoral experience;

(ii) a 2nd phase of exploring possible career paths based on previous self-assessment;

(iii) a 3rd planning phase, that sets some priority goals targeting some specific requirements for diverse career perspectives;

(iv) diverse career perspectives will be finally compared/contrasted in the ultimate phase.

UNIPhD scientific and training achievements will definitely boost the “triple-i “dimension within the canditate’s CDP, that will enhance the potential to compete successfully for R&D within academic or research institues as well as in industrial environment.

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Doctoral Programme UNIPhD

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