• Short Training Programme

    Hands-on training for a period of three up to six months to university students in engineering, physics or mathematics, involving active participation in a guided research project
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Short Training

The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) offers a hands-on training for a period of three up to six months to university students in engineering, physics or mathematics, involving active participation in a guided research project. In many cases, this programme can also be used to prepare a MS graduation thesis at the home university. 

 The short training programme is also opened to visiting PhD candidates.

This experience will provide practice in the use of top-level experimental test facilities, computational and laboratory techniques. Added benefits are the exposure to methodology of research and team work in an international, intercultural environment.

Training period

Training period: 3 up to 6 months (when linked to a university thesis). The period can start anytime except in September.

Who can apply?

  • Citizens of NATO countries
  • Citizens of EU member countries, NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia), Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates), Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, South-Africa and Vietnam.

A working knowledge of English is required.


A limited number of Fellowships are available for highly qualified students coming from the following countries : Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Türkiye, the Netherlands and the United States. 

To encourage the participation of students, some attractive "VKI director's fellowships" are available upon request for the most qualified applications.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Priority will be given to those supported by an Erasmus fellowship.  

Subjects for research projects in the departments

The broad subjects are given below for each of the departments.
The list of active topics with specific details is available in the online application form.

Environmental and applied fluid dynamics

  • Environmental processes: wind effects on buildings, vehicle aerodynamics, wind energy, noise mitigation, pollutant dispersion, deicing techniques, atmospheric flows
  • Industrial processes: heat transfer, multiphase flows
  • Non-intrusive instrumentation (PIV, LDV)
  • Cryogenics and plasma flows
  • Turbulence modelling

Aeronautics and aerospace

  • Aeronautical flows from low to hypersonic speeds
  • Aeroacoustics: noise measurement and simulation
  • Space applications: planetary entry, thermal protection
  • Computational methods and uncertainty quantification
  • Advanced modeling: plasma flow, ablation

Turbomachinery and propulsion

  • Aero engines, compressors, gas and steam turbines
  • Aerodynamic design, optimisation and analysis
  • Unsteady flows and blade row interactions
  • Heat transfer and cooling
  • Fast-response instrumentation

List of Topics

How to apply

Consideration by VKI of your application will be contingent on letters of recommendation from two of your current professors or PhD thesis promoters.

To provide a valuable learning experience, the training period should have a duration of two or three months. It could start any time during the year, except in September. In exceptional cases, longer periods may be possible.

There is no fee associated with this program. A limited number of fellowships are available to support highly qualified students who are unable to obtain sufficient funds from their own university or from one of the programs of the European Union.

The Institute is not able to provide lodging; however there exist possibilities for pensions and small apartments that can be rented by the month. Our Secretariat will help you to find accommodation on your arrival.