EIT Urban Mobility - Doctoral Training Network

A European initiative to create more livable urban spaces

EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable by engaging cities and citizens, putting new mobility solutions into practice, and reclaiming public space for public use.

As part of the EIT Urban Mobility's Academy, the new EIT Urban Mobility Doctoral Training Network is a collective of universities, academics, and doctoral candidates that seeks to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of urban mobility based on the knowledge triangle education, research, and business. The program provides urban mobility doctoral candidates with a platform for exchange and feedback on their individual research as well as networking opportunities with practitioners and senior researchers. A four- to six-month international research placement is included in the program.

Doctoral researchers from particpating EIT Urban Mobility partner universities are invited to join the Doctoral Training Network, starting in 2020. This is a great opportunity for them for broadening their educational horizon by acquiring skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between research and innovation and to extend personal networks within the urban mobility ecosystem.


The Doctoral Training Network program

The program of the Doctoral Training Network (DTN) offers candidates the opportunity to connect with peers at universities throughout Europe while strengthening technical expertise and fostering entrepreneurial and innovative skills. The DTN program is customizable and complements the indivdual candidates' doctoral research. It aims to build a community that creates real solutions for more sustainable urban mobility.

The EIT Urban Mobility provides funding for members to participate in

  • An expanding network of academics, with strong links to industry, city governments, and international mobility providers
  • The opportunity to attend the annual mobility forum
  • An attractive and thorough innovation and entrepreneurship training program
  • A broad and exciting offering of courses relating to urban mobility at partner universities
  • Four- to six-month international research guest placements throughout Europe, including relocation support
  • The possibility to add the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Label Certificate* to your doctoral degree

* Subject to EIT assessment and approval.


The Doctoral Training Network at TUM

TUM is one of the universities participating in the DTN and doctoral candidates at TUM meeting the admission criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for membership in the DTN in order to benefit from its many offers. In addition, the DTN is closely connected to TUM and is headed by Dr. Benjamin Büttner of the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning at TUM. Moreover, the DTN office coordinating the DTN and its candidates is hosted by IGSSE.

Becoming a member

Calls for applications will be opened twice per year with the first call starting in May 2020. Information on applications and admission can be found on the DTN's admission website and in the current call for applications.

Who can apply?

We encourage doctoral candidates to apply:

  • Who are registered at an EIT Urban Mobility partner university and enrolled and funded as doctoral candidates, and who wish to add entrepreneurial, innovation and business skills
  • Whose doctoral research relates to the field of urban mobility
  • Who have 2 or more years left before completing their dissertation
  • Who are fluent in English

How to apply?

Submit a proposal consisting of:

  • a copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that points out your specific contributions within the field of urban mobility as well as your interest in innovation and entrepreneurship, including documentation certifying your doctoral candidacy enrolment and proof of English proficiency;
  • a letter of support from your supervisor, stating your suitability for the EIT Urban Mobility doctoral training network. Permission of the supervisor to participate in all required activities, including international placements, training courses and the annual conferences.

All documents must be submitted to dtn@eiturbanmobility.eu, no later than May 31, 2020. Future calls will be announced later.
We are looking forward to receiving your application. Feel free to contact the Head of the doctoral training network Dr. Benjamin Büttner (benjamin.buettner@eiturbanmobility.eu) for further information.