PhD Fellowships - CYENS Doctoral Training Program 2023

Temporary, Full-time · CYENS - Centre of Excellence

Overview of CYENS’s Doctoral Training Program 
CYENS’s Doctoral Training Program (DTP) kicked off in 2019 providing the best possible experience of impactful collaboration, following best practices from across Europe. CYENS’s DTP is a far more valuable and engaging experience compared to working only with an individual supervisor or a small group in a university. CYENS DTP provides a collaborative cohort environment, offers a wide range of research projects and innovation activities, and training opportunities.  The program fosters knowledge transfer and student engagement with the wider community and the partner institutions.  
CYENS’s DTP is an in-house program for supporting and guiding PhD students who will be registered at a university of the CYENS consortium (University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology or Open University of Cyprus). The program allows students to participate in scientific colloquia, research presentations, mobility activities and visits, joint supervision of PhDs, and projects organized in collaboration with CYENS’s advanced partners (UCL and Max Planck) and other members of its developing network. CYENS will also facilitate the development and innovation of research ideas and outcomes and provide mentoring opportunities (e.g., peer feedback, guidance by senior researchers). 
A CYENS DTP student has to take a minimum of 4 courses or series of seminars offered by CYENS’s DTP program. These courses are independent of any coursework/seminar PhD requirements by the Host University. The selection of the courses will be on the students and their supervisors and must take into consideration the availability of the courses. 
Indicative list of DTP courses: 
  1. Project Management 

  1. Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial skills for Research Engineers 
  1. Product from Concept to Market 
  1. IP Protection Workshop: Key IP, commercialization, methods for Higher Education: licensing, spin-ins and spin-outs 
  1. Research Methods and Research Ethics 
  1. Science communication and dissemination 

  1. Grant-writing 
  1. Other seminars 
CYENS DTP aims to provide a direct link to the advanced partners via short-term placements at their premises, and to support PhD students’ participation in conferences and study visits at established research centres across Europe. 
CYENS will award a certificate for the participation in the CYENS DTP program in addition to the PhD degree. 

CYENS DTP PhD Fellowships – September 2023 
For the academic year 2023-2024, as part of its Doctoral Training Program, CYENS will offer up to three (3) PhD fellowships to eligible candidates. Fellowships will be for up to 3 years, during which candidates are expected to complete their PhD. The Doctoral Training Program covers: (1) a full-time fellowship with an attractive renumeration package, (2) coverage of the tuition fees of the host University, (3) placement expenses at the external partner university. 
DTP Requirements: 
  1. Registration at one of the local partner Universities of Cyprus (i.e., Host University), under the supervision of a CYENS academic. Note: PhD students have to adhere to the doctoral program’s expectations and examination procedures of the host university. CYENS will not interfere with the PhD requirements of the host university. The PhD degree will be awarded by the Host University. 

  1. Dedicating 75-85% of the time at the CYENS Centre and 15-25% at the external partners. Note: CYENS will cover the placement costs at the external partners. 
  1. Completion of a minimum of 4 in-house program courses/seminars offered by CYENS’s DTP, preferably during the first 2 years of the program. Note: These courses may count towards the course requirements of the PhD program at the Host University, providing the Host University/Department agrees. 
  1. Engagement in the communication and dissemination activities of CYENS (e.g. poster days, industry events) 
Failure to adhere to CYENS’s DTP requirements, may result in the discontinuation of the fellowship. 

About us

CYENS Centre of Excellence (formerly known as RISE) is the Research and Innovation Centre on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. CYENS CoE is supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners, the Municipality of Nicosia, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI), University College London, the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus.   

The Centre conducts excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence delivered by high-calibre multidisciplinary research teams. CYENS engages in knowledge transfer and innovation activities aiming to bridge the gap between scientific research and STEM-led innovation and entrepreneurship. 

 CYENS, as a Centre of Excellence, cultivates a culture of innovation and creativity in an inspiring environment filled with academics, researchers, creative and onward-looking people, innovators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners. The Centre operates under the moto “Inspired by Humans Designed for Humans” with the vision to produce world class research that drives innovation towards social and economic benefit while conducting excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence. It sets out to meet the challenge with a total potential funding of more than 30 million Euros for the first 7 years, from a Horizon 2020 Teaming Action and multiple other sources, and a business plan for long-term sustainability and growth.


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