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EIT Food Innovator Fellowship 2021

EIT Food
Belgium, Leuven

EIT Food Innovator Fellowship Consortium

TypeEIT Food Fellowships, post-doctoral training
Nominal durationPost-Doctoral and Young Professional training to transform a lab-idea in business ideas
Study languageEnglish
Entry qualificationPostgraduate diploma (or higher)Post-Doctoral Fellows and Young Professionals: must be, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or they must have a Master Certificate and at least four years of full-time equivalent research and innovation (R&I) experience.The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.If you have more than 4 years of full-time equivalent R&I experience, an official document supporting this experience will be required.
Language requirementsEnglish
Other requirementsAt least 1 reference(s) must be provided.


Global challenges in the Agri-Food systems require a mind-shift and a thrilling change in the awareness and competencies of talents: the new generation of entrepreneurs are asked to play a key role in solving the planet’s food-related issues.

The future innovative leaders of the Agri-Food system need a new set of competencies beyond those acquired in research and academic environments – they require a proficiency that allows them to propose, manage, implement, and lead interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research and innovation projects, to be able to transform lab-ideas into business ideas.

EIT Food INNOVATOR FELLOWSHIP aims at identifying talents worldwide with creative and innovative potential, wishing to expand their skill repertoire through advanced training for the development of an innovative idea with significant impact in the food system.

If you want to put your talent to the test and you’d like to know more about this Programme, please find the details below. Should you need further clarification, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at .

New information!!!
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crisis holds a degree of uncertainty in implementing dedicated programmes for Agri-Food System professionals. Empowered and encouraged by the results obtained in the 2020 edition, EIT Food INNOVATOR FELLOWSHIP 2021 will carry out its programmes online.

Our unique entrepreneurial programme’s ground-architecture remains unchanged with its – Foodathon – one to one mentoring – intensive and high-value training – and other unparalleled benefits!

In case the pandemic situation should improve, the EIT Food INNOVATOR FELLOWSHIP team will do its very best to arrange one or more in-person events following the country’s regulations where the event will take place. It remains clear that the EIT Food Fellowship team places the safety of the participants’ health as a primary priority.

Programme structure

– Call closes on 14th May 2021
– Selection of the participants: until the end of May 2021
– Communication of the selected participants will be sent at the end of May 2021

– #FOODATHON2021 16th-18th July 2021| ONLINE |.
Selection of the winning teams that will access the further training

– Training #BUSINESS4GROWTH2020 September 2021 (date t.b.c.) | ONLINE | “Business Model to Business Plan” “Design Thinking”

– Training #ENGAGE2INNOVATE2020 October 2021 (date t.b.c.) | ONLINE | “Communication and Public Engagement” “Digital Literacy and Emerging Technologies” “Ledership and Organisational Skills”

– Final Summit 15th December 2021

Please read carefully the following documents describing the F.A.Q., the Rules of Participation and the Innovator Fellowship objectives.

1. Frequently Asked Questions – Innovator Fellowship 2021

2. Rules of Participation to Innovator Fellowship 2021

3. Flyer of the Innovator Fellowship Programme 2021

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