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Boosting PhD employability @UCA

Project description

Turning out multidisciplinary e-health PhDs

Prospective PhDs in e-health will need to be proficient in interdisciplinary research and acquire skills transferable to either academic or non-academic jobs. The BoostUrCAreer project is based at the Universite Cote d’Azur, where degree candidates will work in two of the university’s laboratories, partnering with both a foreign academic and a non-academic. The programme will include two laboratory supervisors, an academic tutor and a non-academic mentor. They will advise on the doctoral thesis and help with the graduate’s transition to the workforce. A six-month term at a laboratory abroad will further enhance training and add to the candidates’ future career prospects.


BoostUrCAreer project aims at implementing at Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) a multidisciplinary doctoral programme in e-health to attract to the French Riviera early-stage researchers (ESRs) with the world highest academic, creative and innovative potentials and to enhance their employability with the support from the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur socio-economic dynamism. The proposed programme will foster interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international experiences with the objective of contributing to creating a new generation of PhDs equipped for both academic and non-academic careers in e-health and inclined to the great research and innovation challenges of tomorrow. In line with the strategy of excellence, interdisciplinary and innovation pursued by UCA, every doctoral project will have to associate two laboratories of UCA, a foreign academic partner and a non-academic one. BoostUrCAreer will thus provide a diversified education combining the most basic aspects of research with the practice of transfer toward other the socio-economic world. This dual expertise represents a real added value for career development and is acquired thanks to specific trainings on practical and transferable skills and a six-month mobility abroad at an international research laboratory. A close follow-up as well by two academic supervisors in fundamental laboratories and by an academic tutor and a local non-academic mentor will ensure the quality of doctoral theses and further facilitate the ESRs’ integration to the workforce. High-level applicants are selected through a merit-based, open and fair process to develop projects with UCA excellent research teams. They will receive an attractive allowance and dedicated research funds. BoostUrCAreer will promote European best practices for research and innovations and should serve as a model to disseminate these policies to the whole region.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 423 800,00
Grand chateau 28 avenue valrose
06100 Nice

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 423 800,00