THRIVE PhD Academy

Not only a thinker but also a doer? Join the THRIVE PhD Academy, bring your skills and knowledge into practice and make impact!

THRIVE is an entrepreneurial think tank and trusted third party for government, academia, and business. Together with their partners THRIVE develops innovative projects for a flourishing organization and society. 

In collaboration with TU Delft, THRIVE offers a PhD programme in which PhD candidates learn how to apply their academic knowledge and skills in practice to accelerate societal transition and transform themselves into entrepreneurial scientists. During a cycle of one year, you form a crucial component in a multi-actor network, in which you approach a wicked societal challenge within the topics of healthcare, circularity and labour market. You work in teams together with a partnering organization. In the first two phases you outline and conduct applied research. In the last two phases you translate the outcomes and develop a product, tool or method. Current and previous partners are among others Heineken, Manpower, VGZ and Bilfinger Tebodin.

Who are we looking for? PhD candidates who are: 

  • enthusiastic self-starters
  • motivated to work on societal issues
  • team players
  • interested in working within multidisciplinary teams
  • keen to expand their academic skills
  • willing to spend approximately 10h per month

TU Delft PhD candidates who participate in the THRIVE PhD Academy can obtain max. 10 GS credits in the transferable skills category and will be exempted from the mandatory career development course(s). Would you like to know more? Please contact Maud Hartstra via More information on the new website of THRIVE will be coming soon! 

A new cycle of the THRIVE PhD Academy will start in March 2020. Please follow the THRIVE Linkedin to soon read more about the application process. The application deadline is beginning of February 2020.

Do you want to know more? You can reach THRIVE via Maud Hartstra -