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Call for applications

  • The start of the call for applications may vary from one year to another. If you wish to receive a notification when a new call for applications opens, you can do so by subscribing to the notification service.

  • No. You can only apply for a fellowship for one of the three programmes included in the current call for applications.

  • No.

  • No. The fact that you have already submitted applications in previous calls is not a factor that is taken into account when evaluating applications.

  • No. The minimum duration of the fellowship is 36 months, to carry out a doctoral thesis on a full-time basis.

  • The doctoral INPhINIT Incoming programme requires choosing one specific predoctoral position through the predoctoral position search engine. However, it is highly recommended to have alternative possibilities to the first option, in case this one can not be effective or if you would like to change the option if you are awarded the fellowship. You can describe these additional options in the "comments" section of "studies to be pursued“ tab and in the statement of purpose. The position chosen in the application is therefore an expression of interest, and it is not binding: in the event of obtaining the fellowship, you could choose another available position if you wish to.

    In the doctoral INPhINIT Retaining programme you do not have to choose a predoctoral position, although in the "studies to be pursued" section you must indicate the doctoral programme that you would like to study if you obtained the fellowship. The indicated programme is an expression of interest, and it is not binding: in the event of obtaining the fellowship, you could choose another doctoral programme if you wish to.

  • No, the start of the fellowship must coincide with the dates stated in the programme rules.

  • Yes, but only for the doctoral INPhINIT Incoming programme. In the “How to apply” section, you will see the list of PhD positions available in this call for applications.

  • No, this call for fellowship applications is for young researchers who are between the first and fourth years of their research career not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Yes, but you will have to make sure that your studies give you access to the doctorate at the destination university.

  • Yes, you can apply for a fellowship if you plan to finish your studies in June/July of 2022.

    The most important thing is that you can join as a doctoral student in your host institution between September and November 2022.

  • The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships are incompatible with any other paid work, grant, or financial aid from any other organisation.

  • No. In any case, the years of research experience will be taken into account. At the closing date for applications, candidates must be in the first four years of their research career and they should not have previously obtained any other doctoral degree.

  • To be eligible to apply for a doctoral INPhINIT Incoming fellowship:

    Candidates who wish to join a Spanish centre or university cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Candidates who wish to join a Portuguese centre or university cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

    The fulfilment of the geographic mobility requirement will be checked during the eligibility screening phase. It will be checked again and definitively after the publication date of the final list of selected candidates.

    Find below two examples:

    Example 1:

    A Spanish researcher has finished the last year of her bachelor’s degree in a Spanish university. She has taken a master's degree in the Netherlands from 28/09/2019 to 27/08/2021, when she leaves her residence in the Netherlands. Since 28/08/2021 she is on holidays and from 28/09/2021 she joins a Spanish company, where she plans to work for at least one year.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for the doctoral INPhINIT Incoming fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in an accredited research centre?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    28/01/2019
    27/09/2019

    Spain

    8 months

    Studies

    28/09/2019
    27/08/2021

    The Netherlands

    23 months

    Studies

    28/08/2021
    27/09/2021

    Spain

    1 month

    Holidays

    28/09/2021
    27/01/2022

    Spain

    4 months

    Work

     

    As she left her residence in the Netherlands on 27/08/2021, starting from 28/08/2021 her familiar residence is in Spain despite she is in holiday abroad. She is not eligible to apply for the fellowship as she will have spent more than 12 months in Spain in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

     

    Example 2:

    A French student has completed his master’s degree in France. On 28/09/2020 he starts an internship period in a Portuguese company for 5 months, and after finishing it, he moves to Finland for a research stay of 5 months in a research centre. He returns to Portugal by 28/07/2021 and starts working in the same company where he did his internship.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for a doctoral INPhINIT Incoming fellowship in a Portuguese research unit accredited as excellent by the Fundação per a Ciência e a Tecnologia de Portugal?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    28/01/2019
    27/09/2020

    France

    20 months

    Studies

    28/09/2020
    27/02/2021

    Portugal

    5 months

    Work

    28/02/2021
    27/07/2021

    Finland

    5 months

    Work

    28/07/2021
    27/01/2022

    Portugal

    6 months

    Work

     

    He is eligible to apply for the fellowship, as at the closing date for applications he will have spent 11 months in Portugal in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

  • To be eligible to apply for a doctoral INPhINIT Retaining Fellowship candidates must fulfil two mobility requirements:

    Requirement 1

    Candidates who wish to join a Spanish centre or university must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Candidates who wish to join a Portuguese centre or university must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

    The fulfilment of the geographic mobility requirement will be checked during the eligibility screening phase. It will be checked again and definitively after the publication date of the final list of selected candidates.

    Find below two examples:

    Example 1:

    A Portuguese researcher has finished the last year of her bachelor’s degree at a university in Denmark. On 16/06/2020 she leaves her residence in Denmark and goes on holiday until 16/08/2020. From 17/08/2020 to 16/07/2021 she takes a master's degree in a Portuguese university. On 17/07/2021 she stays for 7 months in a Spanish company.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for a doctoral INPhINIT Retaining fellowship to complete her PhD at a Portuguese research center?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    17/02/2019
    16/06/2020

    Denmark

    16 months

    Studies

    17/06/2020
    16/08/2020

    Portugal

    2 months

    Holidays

    17/08/2020
    16/07/2021

    Portugal

    11 months

    Studies

    17/07/2021
    16/02/2022

    Spain

    7 months

    Studies

     

    As she left her residence in Denmark on 16/06/2020, during the period 17/06/2020 – 16/08/2020 her familiar residence is in Portugal, despite she is on holiday abroad. She is eligible to apply for a fellowship because she will have spent more than 12 months living in Portugal in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

     

    Example 2:

    A French student has taken a master's degree at a university in France during the period 17/02/2019 - 16/02/2020. She has done her master’s thesis in a research group of a Spanish university for 6 months. She stays in Spain collaborating with the research group until 16/01/2021. After this period, she moves to Poland to work at a research center.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for a doctoral INPhINIT Retaining fellowship at a Spanish university?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    17/02/2019
    16/02/2020

    France

    12 months

    Studies

    17/02/2020
    16/08/2020

    Spain

    6 months

    Studies

    17/08/2020
    16/01/2021

    Spain

    5 months

    Work

    17/01/2021
    16/02/2022

    Poland

    13 months

    Work

     

    She is not eligible to apply for the fellowship, since she will have resided less than 12 months in Spain in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

     

    Requirement 2

    Candidates who obtain a doctoral INPhINIT Retaining fellowship must enroll in a PhD programme of a university other than the one where they studied the bachelor’s degree.

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Selection
process

  • No. According to standard practice in the selection processes using the peer review system, applicants are not informed of the identity of the individuals who will evaluate their application or of the composition of the selection boards who will interview the applicants. Nevertheless, once the selection processes have ended, a list of all the professors and researchers who took part in them will be made public.

  • The applicants who pass the preselection process will be called in for a face-to-face screening interview.

    The face-to-face interview seeks to:

    • Delve into the information provided in the application, particularly with regard to the applicant’s academic and personal project.

    • Ask about matters that were not included in the application and which the committee considers particularly relevant to evaluate the suitability of the applicant in pursuing the studies proposed.

    • Evaluate the applicant’s academic and professional potential.

    • Evaluate their all-round training, interests, concerns, and curiosity for the social, scientific, economic, cultural, or artistic context, although this is not directly related to their studies.

    • Evaluate their personal and academic maturity, their motivation to complete the proposed studies and project, and their capacity to clearly express their ideas and firmly defend them.

    During the interview, the members of the selection committee may ask for clarifications and pose the academic, personal, or professional questions that they deem appropriate with the aim of selecting—among all the individuals interviewed—those who, in their opinion, are deserving of the fellowship.

  • The strength of your academic record is just another aspect, among others to be evaluated to determine whether an application passes the preselection or final selection process or not.

  • No, the selection and preselection processes are exclusively governed by the criteria of academic excellence, and no quotas that take any other factors into account are in place.

  • The interviews will be held in Barcelona, but candidates can always choose to be interviewed by video conference, if this is what they prefer. In no case will telephone interviews be conducted.

  • Approximately twenty minutes.

  • No. In the case of the doctoral INPhINIT Retaining programme, the on-line form through which the application was made already provides for the possibility of attaching audiovisual files and links to online content; therefore, documentation of this type should only be submitted using the online form.

  • No, under no circumstances.

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