Within WASP there are three different types of PhD students - academic, industrial and affiliated.
Admission of PhD students are made through open calls, whether it is academic, industrial or affiliated PhD students we are seeking. On this page we have compiled information regarding the special conditions for industrial and affiliated PhD studies within WASP.
Industrial PhD Student Program
An industrial PhD student (or Industry Doctoral Student) is a PhD student who performs his or her PhD studies while employed by a company, in the private or in the public sector. The PhD student is enrolled in a program at an academic faculty and follows PhD courses and authors a PhD thesis following the same procedure as a university-employed PhD student.
To make the industrial PhD studies relevant to companies, courses offered in the program are tailored to meet the future needs in industry. They are available in different formats, such as intensive courses, consisting of lectures and seminars over a few days, and use blended learning, combining online and classroom lectures. This enables a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds to participate in the graduate school.
The company hosting a WASP industrial PhD student receives a fixed amount yearly from WASP corresponding to four years of full-time studies.
Read more at the page Industrial PhD in Industry.
Affiliated PhD Student Program
The WASP Affiliated PhD Student Program provides an opportunity for PhD students not funded by WASP to participate in the WASP Graduate School.
For a PhD student to be accepted to the affiliation program the candidate must satisfy the
• The student is currently an academic or industrial PhD student, or starts no later than
2023-01-01, with an activity level of at least 80%.
• The student must belong to one of the five partner universities Chalmers, KTH, Linköping
University, Lund University and Umeå University or one of the Affiliated Groups of
• The main research topic must be within one of the WASP research areas
• The student has completed at most 1 active year of PhD studies on 2023-01-01. Active
studies do not include formal study breaks or a delayed start (due to COVID-19 or other).
• The student has a strong academic track record.
• Relevant industrial experience is favorable.
• Priority will be given to underrepresented gender.
PhD Student Commitments
• The student is committed to take part in the WASP courses (a mix of mandatory and
elective courses corresponding to 27hp or more) and activities.
• A commitment to participate and contribute to the WASP research arenas is seen as very
Commitment by the University or Employer of the PhD Student
The university or company has full responsibility for the financing of the student including salary, office space, indirect costs, regular travel costs, and travel costs to all WASP course meetings, and WASP activities.
Commitment by WASP Graduate School
If admitted, the affiliated PhD student will gain full access to the WASP graduate school on the same terms as WASP PhD students except that they will have to cover their own costs. If the affiliated PhD student satisfies the requirements, he or she will get a WASP PhD Certificate/Diploma. WASP will offer possibilities for participating in courses, arenas, conferences, international trips, summer schools and other activities.