The Digital Welfare Program encourages digital industry players to join the recently announced Cooperative Doctoral Program of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM).
On an international level, Secretary of State József Bódis emphasized that Hungary ranks well in terms of scientific results, but its utilization and transfer of knowledge to the actual economy and its productivity is inadequate.
The secretary pointed out that the new scholarship program specifically supports research tailored to the needs of the economy and provides an opportunity for young researchers, in particular, to put their knowledge into practice via work in R&D and innovations of partner companies.
The scholarship system is managed by the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation (NKFIH) and aims to specifically support researchers in areas that are in demand.
In the MTMI sector (mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and informatics), there is a shortage of highly qualified workers, which limits Hungary’s international competitiveness. The scholarship system allows the most talented professionals to obtain academic degrees and enables cooperating PhD students to become central players in the supply of needed teachers and researchers, serving as a significant link between research, scientific excellence and corporate players in the long run.
The program will be launched in the fall, on a pilot basis, with 100 people and will encourage doctoral studies in corporate collaboration.
The scholarship for cooperating doctoral students is HUF 400,000 per month for 12-48 months. In addition, the doctoral schools, supervisors and corporate experts involved will also receive support after the student who wins the scholarship, the president of the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation (NKFIH) emphasized.
Those interested in doctoral training starting in the 2020-21 academic year can apply for the scholarship until September 15, 2020, with their research topics.