The application period to participate in the 2nd Arqus PhD Week for Careers outside Academia is already open!

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After a successful first edition in Graz, the second Arqus PhD Week for Careers outside Academia will take place in Lyon from 27th to 29th April 2022. Around 40 doctoral researchers, PhD graduates and career development experts from 7 Arqus universities will work together during several workshops.

In addition to the international and multicultural experience, this activity aims to train the participants in hard and soft skills for careers outside academia. This is done by making them aware of their competencies, enabling them to make them explicit to others, learning to develop entrepreneurial (and intrapreneurial) projects, as well as knowing the value of their PhD and skills and increasing their employability.


The full programme for PhD/postdocs will be published in due time. Among the contents of the Career Week are:

  • Mapping the skills acquired during doctoral training.
  • Entrepreneurship creativity workshop.
  • Pitching competition.
  • Preparing international job applications.
  • Career week dinner.

In addition to the workshops and activities aimed to enable learners to navigate in both academia and the private sector, the workshops related to entrepreneurship and creativity will allow them to become aware of what is an entrepreneurial spirit and behaviour. For example, participants will improve their competence in working with others, problem-solving, communicating, becoming self-aware and recognizing personal competencies. Participants will also learn to recognize and explore entrepreneurial opportunities by being creative, identifying an opportunity, developing and pitching it.


This event will take place at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3.


From the 27th to 29th April 2022.

How to apply?

The application period will be open until 9th March.

The application form is available here. The selection results will be announced on 11th March.


Arqus supports the participation of 4 advanced PhD candidates and early-stage postdocs from any academic discipline from each of the 7 partner universities in this 3-day programme. Arqus covers the expenses (real costs) for 3 (stay) plus 2 (travel time) days with total funding of max. € 1.000 per person.

For more information, contact your local Arqus officer or Smita Mohanty at and Romain Thinon at