PhD research training

Fellows carry out research projects as agreed with their individual thesis committee in the participating research groups, and are integrated in their internal and international networks and collaborations, and in the scientific environment of the university.

The fellows participate in research group seminars and special lectures on the topics of their specific groups, and participate in discussions and collaborations with other MSc and PhD students and postdocs in the groups. These "regular" courses and activities are in accordance with the implemented PhD curricula at UIBK for the various involved scientific disciplines. The curricula are scheduled for four years (eight terms), which is equivalent to 180 ECTS credits, of which 15 ECTS credits are attained through mostly elective training courses.

In addition to the field specific courses, fellows will participate in several of the interdisciplinary ARDRE courses and retreats, which address common research issues, problems and tools of relevance for all fellows and participating research groups:

ARDRE specific training programme

The MSCA PhD training plus

The ARDRE programme is based on the three essential "inter"-related training elements, which are inherent to EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA):

Interdisciplinary training

  • Discipline specific research through experienced main supervisors and training in research groups
  • Co-supervision by the second (and optionally third) supervisor from another discipline
  • Joint ARDRE training programme with interdisciplinary and soft-skill courses, workshops and schools
  • Multi-disciplinary projects: e.g. peer-instruction workshops and methodological research clusters

International mobility

  • Transnational mobility of the incoming ESR
  • Possibility of research secondment to international academic partner institutions 
  • Participation in international conferences and workshops
  • International research networks of the supervisors facilitate development of individual collaborations

Intersectoral contacts

  • Practical experience through possibility for secondments to industry and public-sector partners
  • Individual mentoring by alumni now working outside of academia
  • Training in transferable skills (including communication skills) as part of the formal programme
  • Guest lectures and training by intersectoral experts from industry, transfer services, and media

Training and research partners

All supervisors maintain many international collaborations with possibilities for specific research visits of fellows to partner universities all over the world. We have procured 20 academic partner organisations from Europe and USA, that offer international research secondment options with individual durations between 4 and 24 weeks, so that the fellows will have some choice between several suitable institutions.

Regarding the intersectoral cooperations, we put an emphasis on regional and international industrial partner companies to strengthen research, development and innovation in key technological fields. 9 intersectoral partner organisations have offered possibilities for non-academic secondments with relations to target validation, drug discovery and drug development. During intersectoral secondments the fellows will get valuable insights into work flows and processes, implementation of applications, and other practical work experiences in the industrial sector.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847681.

Co-funded by the European Union

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