Industrial and Affiliated PhD Student Program

Within WASP there are three different types of PhD students - academic, industrial and affiliated.

Admission of PhD students are made through open calls, wether 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.

Selection Criteria

For a PhD student to be admitted to the affiliation program he or she must meet the following criteria:

  • The student is currently an academic or industrial PhD student with an activity level of at least 80 %.
  • The student is currently an academic or industrial PhD student at one of the WASP universities: Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Umeå University, or in one of the research groups at Örebro University and Uppsala University that are members of WASP AI.
  • The main research topic must be within the WASP area, and it should fit in with current WASP projects either by twinning (i.e. industry and academic twinning) or complementing.
  • The student has completed not more than one year of PhD studies.
  • The student has a strong academic track record.
  • Relevant industrial experience is favourable.


PhD Student Commitments

The student is committed to taking part in the WASP courses and activities, and to demonstrate his or her research in the WASP research arenas.

Commitment by the University or Employer of the PhD Student

The university or employer, depending on the type of PhD, has responsibility for the financing of the student including salary, indirect costs, office, laboratory, IT-costs, regular travel costs, and travel costs to WASP courses, WASP schools, WASP conferences, and WASP international trips.

Commitment by WASP Graduate School

If admitted, the affiliated PhD student will be provided with access to the WASP graduate school on the same terms as other WASP PhD students. 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, and demonstrations.

Want to learn more about industrial or affiliated PhD studies? Please contact:

Anna Knutsson

Coordinator, Events and Graduate School
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