EIT Health Ageing PhD School

The challenges of Europe’s ageing population require a new kind of health specialist. This PhD School involves universities and non-academic partners in producing new ageing scientists and entrepreneurs, as well as gerontology experts with innovation skills.


The EIT Health Ageing PhD School is a pan-European collaboration of academic and non-academic partners working to train a new generation of PhD specialists in ageing science, neuroscience, gerontology and epidemiology – while also equipping learners with the innovation and entrepreneurship skills they can use to develop and market new healthcare solutions.

Students that successfully complete the programme are eligible to receive EIT Labelling Certificate as a supplement to the PhD Diploma.

EIT Health’s Ageing PhD School is accepting applications for the 2021-2024 academic course until 15 December 2020.

The consortium includes accredited PhD programmes at 12 European universities with internationally recognised scientific competence in research areas and proven competence in offering high-quality PhD training. The programme also incorporates courses in innovation and entrepreneurship and exposure to the EIT Health network, including hospitals, research centers and research-based business incubators.

PhD candidates with an interest in innovative approaches to the healthcare challenges of ageing will benefit from international mobility and from having their PhD thesis co-supervised by several mentors with diverse viewpoints – from universities, hospitals and companies.


The EIT Health Ageing PhD School fosters competence-based and student-centred learning through practical experience. By completing the programme, you will receive 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.

The course consists of scientific training in the areas of ageing science, neuroscience, gerontology and epidemiology, combined with training in the skills required to develop and commercialise innovations addressing the healthcare challenges of ageing.

During your PhD training, you will earn ECTS credits while participating in advanced courses, innovation and entrepreneurship activities, international mobility-based internship. You will also take part in an annual retreat, in which all students and partners discuss collaborative ideas and PhD research plans.

Who should apply

To be eligible, you must be registered as a PhD student in one of the 12 universities of the PhD Ageing School consortium. PhD students from other EIT Health member universities are eligible if their university agrees to join the Ageing PhD School consortium. You should also be committed to complete a minimum of 30 ECTS in courses, internships and mobility schemes at another hospital, business-based or university partner.

Registration and more information

To apply to the programme, fill out and submit this application form by 15 December 2020.

Learn more about the Ageing PhD School and other EIT Health Degree programmes.

Contact: ehealth@uc.pt.

João Malva
| Research Coordinator | Universidade de Coimbra