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Citigens Doctoral Cohort Training

Training and Development Programmes

Alongside their PhD, Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will enrol on a 3 year programme with clear training inputs, research and transferable skills outputs. To ensure the best possible outcomes for participants in the programme, all CITI-GENS researchers will benefit from a tailored individual skills assessment and a programme of skills development activity that will constantly evolve in relation to individual and cohort needs.

Training and skills development is fostered through a range of contexts:

1: 3i Researcher Training Programme

ESRs will be trained in the core skills for successful research within their discipline through formal training events and through the ongoing training provided by their supervisors and (where relevant) laboratory teams.

2: CITI-GENS Competence-Based Development Programme

The competence framework to support the programme aligns with the skills and capabilities within the Researcher Development Framework, which is a tool used within Higher Education Institutions in the UK, to support the personal, professional and career development of researchers. This is interpreted via the five Graduate School pillars.  This training will focus on innovation and include revolutionary techniques such as Design Thinking and Real World Challenges.


  • Year 1 Foundation Skills



-Academic Writing

-Interdisciplinary researcher




  • Year 2


-Project Management

-Mini MBA

-Social Innovation Challenge

  • Year 3

-Intercultural Awareness

-Global Challenges Sandpit

-Kick-start Accelerator Challenge

3: Intersectoral Working

QUB has a strong track record of offering collaborative research project opportunities, and all of our established Doctoral Training Partnerships work with private, public and voluntary sector partners to provide placement opportunities for students. CITI-GENS ESRs will be given the opportunity to work closely with non-HEI partners through placements/secondments for defined periods of time, as determined by the PhD project description.

ESRs will also be given the opportunity to engage with representatives from the non-academic sector through attendance at national and international conferences and workshops and through attendance at networking events hosted by the Graduate School.

4: International Experience and Collaboration

All CITI-GENS ESRs will be given the opportunity to attend at least one international conference or workshop. This will provide them with the opportunity to present their research findings and listen to and network with colleagues working in their field of study. Some of the researchers will also have an opportunity to spend a period of time working with leading research groups in international Higher Education Institutes and research organisations.

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Contact Us

For any questions relating to the CITI-GENS Programme, please contact the Project Coordinator Adele Ward on or 00 (44) 28 9097 3078