Umicore Materials Technology PhD Award


On the initiative of Umicore, the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) will grant the Umicore Materials Technology PhD Award in recognition of an original contribution in one of the following fields:

  • Recycling / resources scarcity (related to metals)
  • Materials for catalysis
  • Materials for batteries


This Award amounts to 10.000 € and will be granted in recognition of original and excellent scientific PhD research in the fields listed above.

Profile & conditions

The award will be granted to a researcher having obtained his/her PhD between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016 from a recognized university (worldwide).

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 videoconference 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.



Submit your application using the appropriate form (below) by July 3, 2017 to, with the following additional documents:

  • an executive summary emphasizing the originality and relevance for the field of your research (max. 5 pages)
  • a summary in layman's terms (max. 1/2 page);
  • an electronic version of your PhD thesis (pdf);
  • a curriculum vitae.

All documents should be in English (except the PhD itself if not written in English).

Regulations and downloads


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