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) award 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


  • Prize: €10,000
  • Call closed

Profile and conditions

  • You are a researcher who has obtained his PhD from a recognized university (worldwide) between January 1 2014 and December 31 2015.


  • Submit your application using the appropriate form (see below) 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); and a curriculum vitae. All documents should be in English (except the PhD itself if not written in English).
  • Your candidacy is submitted to a scientific jury composed of experts, who will select a shortlist of the best-ranking candidates. The candidates on this shortlist will then be invited to an interview with the joint evaluation committee of the scientific jury members and representative members of Umicore R&D staff, which will decide on the final laureate.

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