The selection process consists of three consecutive phases:
PHASE 1 – ELEGIBILITY:
All applications are reviewed to check the accomplishment of the eligibility criteria published in the rules for participation.
PHASE 2 – PRE-SELECTION:
Excellence of Curriculum Vitae (weight 50%): scientific and/or professional background will be assessed in relation to the stage of the candidate’s career. The relevance and contribution of the candidate to the articles published in scientific journals (citations, impact factors, etc.), scientific and technical books or chapters, work presented at congresses, patents granted or licensed and, in general, any other contribution that would evaluate different aspects of research, will be assessed.
Motivation and statement of purpose (weight 35%): originality, innovation and potential impact of the proposed personal project, as well as the suitability of the choice of the host research centre and/or line of research, will be assessed.
Letters of recommendation (weight 15%): the letters of recommendation supporting an application will be evaluated considering the details of the contents with regard to the candidate, as well as the profile of the people signing them.
PHASE 3 - PERSONAL INTERVIEWS:
Academic and professional background (weight 50%): the contributions e in the chosen field for the research project, as well as the coherence between the candidate's academic education and professional background, will be evaluated.
Candidate’s potential (weight 30%): the candidate's potential, paying particular attention to the candidate’s transversal skills, such as clarity and consistency of discourse, expression of ideas, ability to present complex reasoning, teamwork, capacity for independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship and leadership will be evaluated.
Motivation and impact of the proposal (weight 20%): the conceptual and methodological novelty of the submitted proposal, as well as its impact, understood in its broadest sense—capacity of the submitted project to contribute towards the transformation and improvement of fields such as economy and creation of wealth, society, culture, science, citizens’ quality of life, the environment or public policies—will be evaluated.