PhD Translational Fellowship Program

Get the knowledge, experience, network, and funding necessary to start commercializing your research!


PhD Translational Fellowships equips PhD students interested in entrepreneurship with the tools needed to go from idea to real impact within the health technology field. You will develop practical skills to generate innovative solutions for the improvement of health and health care while broadening your network and receiving funding to take your idea to the next level.

This program provides PhD students with the necessary skills to identify needs related to their PhD project and convert their ideas into strong business cases that can attract investment using needs driven innovation methodology.

The project is promoted by the following 7 EIT Health Higher Education Partner institutions but it is open for candidates from any European Higher Education Institution:

  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Leiden University Medical Center
  • Sorbonne Université
  • Universidade de Coimbra
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Université Grenoble Alpes
  • University of Oxford


What is EIT Health?

EIT Health is a Europe-wide network of health innovators, backed by the European Union. We offer expert education, innovation training and support to help European citizens live longer, healthier lives.

Selection Process

In the first phase, PhD students will have the opportunity to pitch their project detailing the problem it addresses.

The Candidates that come from one of the above mentioned institutions will have the opportunity to attend a pitch training workshop that will take place on the following dates:

Karolinska Institutet June 17th
Leiden University Medical Center June 17th or 18th
Sorbonne Université June 17th
Universidade de Coimbra June 18th
Universität zu Köln June 17th
Université Grenoble Alpes TBD
University of Oxford June 17th or 18th

Candidates coming from other European universities will have to record a 3 min pitch video that will be the basis for assessment for the jury to select 8 candidates.

Selected applicants will earn a 1.5k€ travel & accommodation grant to participate in the Training Camp at the University of Oxford on August 12-16 2019 along with other selected participants from across Europe. Adding to that, the selected candidates from one of the above EIT Health partner institutions will receive a 5,000 EUR grant towards the commercialization and further development of their idea.

During the training camp you will engage in lectures, workshops, and networking activities and the camp will conclude with a pitch competition with the participation of representatives of major industries and where the winners will receive cash prizes of up to 3,000 € in six separate prize categories.

If you are looking to improve fields like entrepreneurship training, pitch training, technology transfer and intellectual property, assessing the commercial potential of your PhD project, identifying the optimal route to commercialization, and to identify, attract and secure potential partners/investors to further develop and commercialize new healthcare technologies – PhD Translational Fellowships is the program for you!

If you are still asking yourself "Why should I join?"

The PhD Translational Fellowship Program will be an opportunity for you to:

  • Align your PhD project with real market needs using a defined and widely proven methodology of needs assessment;
  • Network with the best PhD students from all over Europe and have access to important industry partners;
  • Win grants and prices to further develop your PhD project towards an entrepreneurial success

Application Process

Please read the detailed information regarding the submission of applications on the following documents:

If you are a PhD student from one of the 7 Higher Education Entities mentioned above:

If you are a PhD student from any other European University:

Submit Application

If you are a PhD student from one of the 7 Higher Education Entities mentioned above, submit no later than 23:59 CEST on Tuesday, June 18th through the following link:



If you are a PhD student from any other European University, submit no later than 23:59 CEST on Sunday, June 30th through the following link:



Below you will find a list of contacts regarding this initiative that can help you if you need any additional information:


Coordination jfigueira@uc.pt
University of Oxford phdtf@eng.ox.ac.uk
Karolinska Institute: Elisabeth Hedström grantsoffice@ki.se
Université de Sorbonne djamel.bouhadjer@
University of Coimbra jfigueira@uc.pt
Université Grenoble-Alpes: Philippe Sabatier philippe.sabatier@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
Leiden University Medical Center: Pauline de Graaf P.de_Graaf@lumc.nl
University of Cologne pauline.schumacher@uk-koeln.de
All other European Higher Education Institutions jfigueira@uc.pt



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