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:
Each eligible application is assessed remotely for at lest two evaluators with relevant experience in the same discipline. The criteria governing the evaluation in this phase are as follows:
Academic record and curriculum (50 %): the academic record and/or professional résumé are evaluated in relation to the candidate's career stage.
Motivation and statement of purpose (30 %): the originality, innovation and potential impact of the proposed statement are evaluated, as well as the choice of the host institution and/or the line of research.
Reference letters (20 %): reference letters are evaluated taking into account the specificity of their content with regard to the candidate and also the profile of the referee.
PHASE 3 – PERSONAL INTERVIEWS:
Preselected candidates are invited to a personal interview before a multidisciplinary committee, which evaluates them according to the criteria listed below:
Candidate's potential (40 %): experts pay attention to soft skills, such as clear consistent discourse and articulation of ideas, ability to present complex reasoning, team working; and capabilities such as independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Motivation and impact (30 %): innovation, viability and impact of the project for the candidate and for the society in the broad sense are assessed.
Academic and professional background (30 %): the academic and professional background of the candidate is evaluated in relation to the stage of the career they are and the studies to pursue.