FELLOWSHIPS

The ICFO International PhD Fellowship program awards positions following a standardized admissions procedure that is rigorously applied to any PhD fellowship position. Generic eligibility requirements, application and selection procedure, and conditions apply to all positions. All candidatures received for the call for applications to the ICFO International PhD Program are automatically considered for the particular fellowship programs for which they are eligible.

Regardless of the specific funding mechanism, ICFO PhD Fellows will be fully funded for the entire 4-½ year PhD Program.

Details on the different fellowship programs currently available for application are given below:

ICFOstepstone (MCSA-COFUND)

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The ICFOstepstone Programme, a MCSA-COFUND action of the European Commission, will award INCOMING Fellowships of 36 months to outstanding students who wish to obtain a doctoral degree. The Programme will bring together top-level training and teaching for young scientists in a stimulating, international and interdisciplinary environment. It will offer the possibility of mobility within a network of excellence, consisting in partners of national and international research institutes and universities, as well as industrial partners in the field. The positions will be offered for a period of 36 months, formalized via a dedicated PhD-contract, with an annual follow-up aiming at confirming the satisfactory performance, assessed by the Thesis Director and the ICFO PhD Committee.

The general eligibility requirements, application and selection procedure, as well as conditions apply to these positions. However, additionally, in terms of eligibility, special EU mobility requirements apply by the time of activation of the COFUND PhD-contract:

  • The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • The Master-equivalent degree should not be older than 4 years. Exceptions are made for documented periods of parental leave. Other equivalent exceptions may be considered when properly documented and motivated by the applicant, e.g, in case of applicants from underdeveloped countries, minorities, or for applicants that pursued their studies under comparatively unfavourable conditions.
  • The ICFOstepstone Program is a Marie Sklowdowska-Curie-COFUND action under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (GA 665884 and 713729), and will be awarding a total of 45 INCOMING Fellowships to outstanding graduate students between 2016 – 2018.

MINECO – Severo Ochoa

The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain (MINECO) awards PhD fellowships in the scope of the “Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence” accreditation, aiming to promote excellence of scientific research in Spain.

ICFO has been awarded said accreditation in 2011 as one of the first research institutions in Spain, and succeeded in the renewal of the accreditation in 2015.

ICFO’s general eligibility requirements, application and selection procedure, as well as conditions apply to these positions.

For the period 2016 – 2019, ICFO will host 18 PhD positions in this competitive national program.

In this current call for applications, we will be awarding six fellowships for 2017.

FI-DGR, Generalitat de Catalunya

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), Generalitat de Catalunya, supported by the European Social Fund (of the European Union), awards PhD fellowship funding to universities, research centers and medical foundations, to recruit new PhD-students. The program aims at promoting research quality, by associating the students to existing research groups with ongoing and emerging funded projects.

ICFO’s general eligibility requirements, application and selection procedure, as well as conditions apply to these positions.

In this current call for applications, we will be awarding one fellowship for 2017.