Practical Info

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must fulfill this criteria in order to be considered eligible for a position at DOCFAM+; those applicants not fulfilling these eligibility criteria will be contacted by email to inform of their ineligibility status. No restrictions on nationality, age and gender will be implemented during the selection process

Mobility Rule

Mobility rule: Candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

ESR criteria
Early-stage researchers (ESR) shall at the call deadline be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
Candidates must hold a degree with a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master's level, OR Candidates must hold of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded.
Level of English

Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English. A proof of upper-intermediate level must be included in the application; this should take the form of one of the recognised international qualifications (minimum CEFR B2, Cambridge English First (FCE), PTE Level 3, IELTS 5-6.5 or TOEFL > 72). Applicants from native English speaking countries can apply without the need for proof of level (for a full list of countries see the guide for applicants). An official degree (including postgraduate) conducted in English as the only language will be also accepted as a proof of level.

How to apply

Read the Guide for Applicants, and the FAQs before starting your application. 

  • 1 – Create an account:

    Register your information on the application portal.

  • 2 – Activate your account:

    Click on the activation link you will receive in your mailbox.

  • 3 – Login:

    Log in and start your submission.

  • 4 – Fill in the application form online

    You will be asked to upload:

    • A valid scan of your National ID or Passport
    • CV and motivation letter in English
    • A scanned copy of official academic transcripts  (BSc and MSc)
    • Proof of English.
    • At least the names of two referees. The references will be provided directly by the referees via the online application.
  • 5 – Choose 3 available research projects

Evaluation and selection process

The evaluation and selection process is carried out in five different steps:

1.- Eligibility Check

After the call is closed, the Management Team will revise all the applications received. An eligibility check will be first completed, including mobility and ESR rules and the proof of english level. A second check will be carried out to confirm that all the neccessary documents have been submitted. Only succesful applications will pass to the second stage.

2.- Evaluation

A Scientific Selection Committee with the presence of external evaluators will be in charge of evaluating the applications of the different candidates along with representatives of the coordinator and recruiting organisations. The only criteria for evaluation is based on the scientific merit and excellence of the candidate. 

Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds:

Education* 30 15 1
Research & working experience** 20 10 2
Other merits*** 10 5 3
TOTAL 60    

*Graduate and postgraduate qualifications, motivation letter, recommendation letter(s). **Participation in projects, publications,  mobility (research stays), attendance to conferences and events, patents, research skills and competences. ***Supervision and mentoring, public awareness (dissemination & communication activities), any other relevant merits.
3.- Provisional Scoring and Ranking

After the evaluation is finished, best candidates will be called for interview. Non-selected applicants will receive an Evaluation Summary Report with relevant information (final score, funding decision, summary of strengths and weaknesses as identified by the members of the Committee based on the comments from the evaluators).

4.- Interview

The remote (videoconference) interview in English will last 20’ in order to get some additional information and insights on the academic record of the candidates, their motivations and suitability to the programme, and the impact that the programme may have on their future career prospects. The interview will also be used to validate the accreditation of English level.

TOTAL score (over 100) = 40  --  Threshold: 25

5.- Final Scoring and Ranking

After the interview stage, the final ranking of proposals will be produced taking into account the evaluations and interviews, proceeding to invite those fellows ranking favourably. A consensus Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) will be sent to all the applicants participating in the evaluation with the relevant information (final score, funding decision, summary of strengths and weaknesses as identified by the members of the Committee based on the comments from the evaluators).

Funding conditions

DOCFAM+ doctoral programme promotes adequate work and employment conditions for the recruited researchers, fulfilling the principles set in the Charter & Code. Selected fellows will receive a generous salary including living and mobility allowances. In addition, DOCFAM+ will cover tuition fees for PhD studies during the 3 years of the contract. Fellows will also enjoy research, training & networking costsrelated to their participation in the different activities throughout the programme.

Living allowance: 28,800€/year
Mobility allowance: 4,800€/year
TOTAL gross salary*:

*Gross salary includes the employer's social security contributions (around 20-25%). Net salary results from deducting all compulsory social security contributions as well as direct taxes from the gross amounts. Social security coverage for the contracted fellows in Spain include benefits for health care, occupational accident, unemployment and disablement benefits, parental and sick leave.

Research, training and networking costs:
PhD tuition fees: 600€/year

DOCFAM+ has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 10181337

ICMAB acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, through the “Severo Ochoa” Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D (SEV- 2015-0496, CEX2019-000917-S)

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