Doctoral course - Career skills for scientists

Learn more about career options for PhDs and increase your awareness about all the transferable skills you obtain during your doctoral education. You can also take the opportunity to apply for a one month financed internship in a company or organization within the public or private sector.

The course includes reflections over what career options that exist and sessions where academic and non-academic careers paths and entrepreneurial options are presented and discussed. In addition, the course includes the process and steps in a job application procedure, networking practice and gives you the possibility to use your communication skills in various contexts.


The current application round is Oct 15 to Nov 16 2020 for the course spring 2021.

Here is a direct link to the course in the PhD course catalogue of 2021, where you can apply and read more details on the content of this year's course.

Also have a look at the Important when applying for doctoral courses info.


The course is organized online this year. As always it is spread over multiple weeks, and equivalent to 1 week full time (40h).

This year, the course is built up as follows:

  • Jan 25th – Feb 26th: 5 weeks of live course sessions (in Zoom, max 3h/week, focused on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons) and private study
    Total +- 6h/week
  • March 1st – March 12th: 2 weeks of individual exam prep and internship info sessions
    Total +- 4h/week
  • March 15th – March 19th: 1 week of exam presentations in smaller groups
    Total +- 2h

More detailed schedule will be available to course participants on the course web (Canvas).


Career Service recruit companies and announce the internship projects to the participants in the Careers skills for Scientist course. There are maximum 25 internship projects each year. More info on the page dedicated for the PhD student internships.

Graphical overview of the internship process for PhD students organized by KI Career Service


Ayla De Paepe

Career program manager supporting PhD students