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 next course occasion is Spring 2022, for which application is open 15 Oct to 15 Nov 2021.

Here is a direct link to the course in the PhD course catalogue, where you can read more details on the content of this 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).

The course runs over 8 weeks and is built up as follows:

  • Jan 25th – Feb 25th: 5 weeks of live Zoom course sessions (10.00-12.00 every Tue and Thu) and private study
    (total +- 6h/week)
  • Feb 28th – Mar 11th: 2 weeks of individual exam prep and internship info sessions
    (total +- 4h/week)
  • Mar 14th – Mar 18th: 1 week of exam presentations in smaller groups
    (+- 2h)

More detailed schedule is 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 are a limited number of internships 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