About the Industrial Doctoral School

Umeå University’s Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation is a university-wide initiative and is based on collaboration between Umeå University and an external organisation, such as a company, third-sector or public-sector organisation.

IDS aims to promote such collaboration with private-sector, third-sector and public-sector organisations in order to:

  • strengthen research and development
  • increase doctoral candidates’ employability, independence and innovative capacity
  • increase knowledge and innovation in society.

Participation in an IDS project involves researchers, supervisors and mentors joining a group consisting of members representing various subject areas and scientific disciplines.

IDS both trains future researchers and creates a valuable network connecting Umeå University, the private sector and the community. We also work to establish new partnerships and to realise project ideas for future collaborative projects.

Call for Applications for Project Funding

IDS accepts project proposals from all of the university’s scientific disciplines. Approved projects must concern a collaboration between university researchers and employees at an external organisation, such as a company or public-sector organisation. They are financed jointly by the university and the external partner, who contributes 50 per cent of the doctoral candidate’s salary.

IDS Researcher/Doctoral Candidate

Researchers accepted to IDS join an interdisciplinary group of doctoral candidates in addition to their ordinary research group based at their respective departments. This group studies a course package corresponding to 15 ECTS credits to improve its members’ collaboration skills and to prepare them for working life by providing them with generic competencies in addition to those they already possess within their chosen scientific field. IDS postgraduate appointments also include a three-month job placement at an external organisation. Combined, these two features provide a solid foundation for each individual to undertake professional work within research and development.

International Exchanges

Umeå University’s Industrial Doctoral School forms part of the European network known as European Industrial Doctoral School (E.I.D.S.), together with universities in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal and Wales. Each year, E.I.D.S. holds and international workshop for participating doctoral candidates from each of these member institutions.


IDS is managed by a steering committee and, from an organisational standpoint, operates under the direct oversight of the university’s vice-chancellor. The current committee chairperson is also the deputy vice-chancellor with special responsibility for research and research education within the social sciences and the humanities and the committee members consist of teaching staff representing the university’s four faculties and three representatives from external stakeholders, both private and public. Professor Anna Linusson Jonsson has served as IDS’ director since 2014 and manages its operations together with coordinator Benkt Wiklund.

Faculty Representatives
External Representatives


Director of the Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation

Anna Linusson Jonsson, Professor, Department of Chemistry
Phone: +4690-786 68 90


Benkt Wiklund,
Industrial Doctoral School
Phone: +4690-786 97 36

Postal address

Industrial Doctoral School
Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå