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New NRDI Fund scholarships support the next generation of market-oriented researchers
22 July 2020
Modified: 29 July 2020
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The Cooperative Doctoral Programme offers new opportunities for building a research career by providing substantial grants for doctoral studies pursued in collaboration with the business sector, primarily in mathematics, science, engineering and information technology. The programme aims to increase Hungary’s competitiveness by providing targeted support for market-oriented scientific careers and the next generation of Hungarian researchers.

Financed from the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund, the Cooperative Doctoral Programme runs under the professional coordination of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) and the operative management of the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office.

“The new scholarship programme aims to help doctoral students translate their knowledge into practice by contributing to the research, development and innovation activity of a partner company,” – Dr. József Bódis, state secretary for higher education, innovation and vocational training of the ITM said in connection with the announcement. He added: the scholarship programme, which is aligned with government actions aimed at the mitigation of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the protection of jobs and boosting the economy, primarily offers a new opportunity for young researchers to implement targeted career development strategies in the RDI segment.

Applications may be submitted until 15 September 2020 by doctoral students and students starting their doctoral studies in academic year 2020/2021. The applications will be assessed by a dedicated panel of professionals, including the representatives of higher education institutions and the business sector. This year’s grants are expected to be awarded by mid-October. Grantees may receive up to a net HUF 400,000 per month for a period of 12 to 48 months. Furthermore, the grantees will earn funding for their host doctoral schools, as well as for the corporate experts helping them to get a better understanding of how companies work and how research can contribute to business.

Budapest, 22 July 2020

Updated: 29 July 2020
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