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Spark Doctoral Training Programme

Spark Doctoral Training Programme

SPARK is a Horizon2020 funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme that supports 20 interdisciplinary PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast. PhD students funded within Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes have the title of Early Stage Researcher (ESR).

At its core, the SPARK Programme is driven by the need to develop future leaders whose skills combine disciplinary excellence with a capacity for interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international (3i) working that creates genuinely disruptive thinkers.

They are trained as a cohort via The Graduate School to be Thinkers, Leaders, Innovators and Communicators who are Future-Ready.  The Graduate School provides world-class facilities as well as an intellectual hub for 3i training, debate and dialogue.

The Spark Training programme has been developed for the 3 year duration of the research project and includes 2 week long cohort development weeks in May and November. These weeks are themed within the 3i Training framework.

For further details visit our website or email