PhD, Continuation of Research Master
Candidates typically enter this PhD programme after completing the Research Master in fluid dynamics.
Collaboration with universities
The PhD thesis may be presented in English, French or Dutch at any Belgian university or at a university abroad leading to a degree of doctor in applied sciences. The collaboration between university and the VKI leads to considerable benefits, allowing to perform research based on the outstanding facilities and unique experience available at the VKI and to work in an international excellence center with colleagues from all over the world.
Presently, about 60 candidates are enrolled in the doctoral programme of the VKI, representing more than ten countries from Europe and America.
Center of Excellence
The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics operates a comprehensive range of experimental and computational facilities covering virtually all aspects of fluid mechanics. Support is provided by facility engineers, instrumentation and electronic laboratories, IT and HPC department, a technical library and a publishing office with photolab, a computer-aided drawing/design office and well-equipped workshops.
The benefits for the PhD candidate are considerable, allowing to perform research based on the outstanding facilities and unique experience available at the VKI and to work in an international top level environment with colleagues from all over Europe.
Access to an extraordinary set of wind tunnels
covering all regimes, from low subsonic to hypersonic flow.
FREE access to the internationally recognised VKI short course programme: VKI Lecture Series.
BAEF fellowships for the US citizens
The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F) in collaboration with the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced studies or research at VKI. The offer is directed to citizens of the United States of America and valid for the academic year 2021-2022. The applications for the BAEF-VKI fellowship are subject to the standard conditions of BAEF fellowships, see details on the BAEF webpage BAEF-fellowships. In particular, the grants carry a monthly stipend of - $ 2,333.30 per month for Master's or Ph.D. students ($ 28,000/12) and - $ 2,666.60 per month for Post-doctoral Fellows ($ 32,000/12)
The so-called “BAEF-VKI-fellowships” are for any of the following academic programs organized at VKI:
1. The VKI Research Master program of academic year 2021-2022 (starting 1 October, 2021 and finishing on 1 July, 2022), which is a one year accredited study program (60 ECTS) at master-after-master level and continuously offered since 64 years. It complements the master programs of universities with an in-depth research oriented specialization in fluid dynamics. Independently from the VKI-BAEF fellowship, VKI fellowships are also available and there is no tuition fee for US citizens. Applications for VKI fellowships are still open (https://www.vki.ac.be)
2. The VKI PhD program
3. The VKI Postdoc program
The above VKI programs are all concerned with advanced fluid dynamics applied to the fields of aeronautics, hypersonics, space, turbomachinery, propulsion, green environment, sustainable energy production and industrial processes.
What are the steps to obtain the VKI-BAEF fellowship:
1) The deadline for the BAEF-Fellowship 2021-2022 is October 31, 2021.
2) Fellows should be in residence in Belgium during the tenure of their fellowship and stay for a period of 12 months. If the Fellow chooses to remain in Belgium for less than 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The minimum fellowship period is 6 months.