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:

  • Materials for emission catalysis
  • Battery materials


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, 2016 and December 31, 2017 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  to a joint evaluation committee of the scientific Jury and representative members of Umicore R&D staff (a videoconference interview possible if presence at jury meeting is not feasible). From this second stage of the evaluation the final laureate will eventually be chosen.



Submit your application using the appropriate form (below) by September 17, 2018 to, with the following additional documents:

  • a 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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