Additional 200 thousand euros allotted for young researchers’ training at KTU

Important | 2018-06-18

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is encouraging young researchers to use new possibilities to kick-start their scientific careers. This year, the University will allocate more than 200 thousand euros for encouraging PhD students’ and young doctors of science research projects and initiatives.

The funding was a private grant, and it is expected that it will increase the competitiveness of the University by strengthening the priority research and study areas. The additional funding will be allocated to those PhD students and postdocs, who are conducting their research in the areas of health technologies, food technologies, transport and aviation technologies, new materials for industry and medicine, digital transformation and smart environments, innovation management.

“We are very happy to see that the university’s initiative to strengthen the priority areas in research and studies is being supported not only by the state, but also by private funding. In these areas, we are aiming for leadership on European level”, says Jurgita Šiugždinienė, KTU Rector ad interim.

Continuous strengthening and development of priority areas in study and research, supported by additional investments and human resources will not only promote the University’s name, visibility and status in international arena, but will also encourage the economic development of the region. This, in turn will increase the appeal of Lithuanian economic environment for the high-added value business and industry.

“This investment is of utmost importance when we talk about support for talented young people who are willing to start their scientific career in the areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, informatics, informatics engineering, electrical and electronics, materials engineering, transport engineering or management”, says Asta Pundzienė, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovations ad interim.

The open competition for postdoctoral traineeship projects was announced in the end of May. The deadline for submission of documents is 22 June 2018. More information here.

8 PhD students admitted to the priority PhD study fields will get an opportunity to receive an additional scholarship. More information here.