The new edition of the Arqus PhD Week for Careers outside academia is set! Apply now!

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29 Jan 2024

The Arqus Career Week is a 5-day programme intended to support PhD and postdoctoral researchers in their exploration and pursuit of career paths beyond university research.

The programme offers talks and workshops, led by a group of career experts from international backgrounds, to help participants recognize their labour market skills and give insight into application and hiring processes as well as company cultures outside of academia.

The 4th edition of the Arqus Career Week will take place at the University of Wrocław, Poland, from 10th to 14th June 2024.

Applications will be accepted until 25th February 2024 at 23:59 CET.

What is it about?

The format is a combination of expert input and participatory approaches, focused on discussion and self-exploration. Topics include:

  • How to become aware of your skills for the general job market and how to translate your academic skills into non-academic contexts
  • How to create a convincing CV
  • How to fruitfully use the digital sphere in the job search
  • How to navigate the recruitment process, including job interview dos and don’ts
  • How to successfully transition from academic culture to the business world
  • How to make use of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial techniques for your career development

This training also provides the opportunity to meet and exchange with other early-stage researchers as well as professionals in career development from different countries and disciplines.

Who is it for?

The programme is intended for advanced PhD researchers (beyond the first year) and postdoctoral researchers who are considering a future career beyond academia. The programme is open to early-stage researchers from all disciplines.

Due to funding requirements, you must be enrolled as a doctoral student or have an active employment contract at one of the Arqus universities or the associate partner university Kyiv Mohyla Academy to apply.

NOTE: If you are from the University of Minho, special funding eligibility criteria apply – to be able to receive funding for participation in the Arqus Career Week, you MAY NOT

  • Have funding from the Portuguese Foundation of Technology as FCT PhD funding
  • Have a contract as researchers in a Project founded by the Portuguese Foundation of Technology

How to apply

Apply by fill in the form in the following button.

Only fully completed forms can be considered.

  • Please prepare a (300-500 word) description of why you want to participate in the programme, what your expectations towards the programme are, why you are interested in (potentially) moving beyond academia in your career, which topics you would particularly like to learn about more/need support with etc. – this statement of motivation will be key in the selection process.
  • Please also attach your Curriculum Vitae to the online application.

The selection of participants will be made by local committees at the home university. Depending on the number of applicants, each university will be able to send 3-4 participants. You will be informed about the outcome within 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Funding for travel and accommodation from different sources will be available through your home university, however please be aware that you might have to prepare a separate funding application after the selection process (your local contact person will inform you about the process).

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