The PhD programme consists of 3 years of full time PhD studies. After completing the PhD studies, writing a PhD thesis and defending the thesis successfully, the fellow will be awarded the PhD degree. The studies must contain:

  • An independent PhD project carried out by the fellow under proper supervision.
  • A PhD thesis and its submission, which concludes the PhD studies.
  • Courses at an adequate scientific level corresponding to 6 months.
  • Change of scientific environment (extended visit for a period of 3-6 months), preferably at a foreign research institution.
  • Participation in science communication, teaching and/or other outreach programmes.

A fundamental requirement in Denmark is that the PhD programme includes a high degree of interaction between the student and the supervisor with regular supervision meetings and hands-on mentorship.

The overriding training objective of the TALENT programme is to provide the fellows with skills allowing them to pursue careers in both the academic and non-academic sectors after the completion of the PhD.

Scientific courses

Each department at the Faculty runs a range of scientific courses spanning the natural science spectrum. TALENT fellows will have access to courses of relevance to them. Two courses to be highlighted:

  • The Responsible Conduct of Research Course: covers research integrity, authorship issues, responsible conduct of researchers, documentation of scientific results, and explores the connection between misconduct and the development of modern science.
  • A new course launched in connection with the TALENT programme to underpin the Open Science agenda, which will focus on Open Access, Open Data, Open Reproducible Research, Open Science Evaluation, Open Science Policies and Open Science Tools.

Furthermore, the fellows will have access to PhD courses at the national Danish level as well as international PhD courses, in which the Faculty of SCIENCE yearly invests €300,000 to ensure leading expertise from around the world.

Transferable skills courses

Whether the TALENT fellows choose to stay in the academic sector or move into another sector, transferrable skills are crucial for their future career paths. TALENT fellows will therefore have access to a wide-ranging number of courses such as project management, IPR management, innovation and entrepreneurship in research, dissemination, public outreach and advanced presentation techniques.

Moreover, the TALENT fellows will participate in a three-day career lab workshop run by the PhD School. The workshop will focus on providing the fellows with an overview of their career possibilities in both the academic and non-academic world: job search in the non-academic world, the relevance of their skills from an employer perspective, entrepreneurship and spinouts by connecting fellows with local innovation and science parks.

To help guide fellows on their continued career development, the fellows will additionally be offered participation in a new Young Investigator Network in collaboration with industrial mentors.

Last but not least, fellows will also be equipped with strong foundational training in core academic skills such as teaching and supervision to ensure they are competitive candidates for university positions.

In conclusion, TALENT offers the perfect opportunity for the fellows to devise a tailor made plan for the training that matches their own career goals.