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Call for applications for the Incoming Subprogramme

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20 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, who have resided in Spain less than 12 months over the past three years, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence.

    No project or supplementary documentation may be submitted after the deadlines established in the Application for Fellowship Rules.

    10 July 2017
    Starting date for the submission of applications.

    2 October 2017
    Deadline for applications.

    19 December 2017
    Announcement of shortlisted candidates.

    31 January, 1 and 2 February 2018
    Selection interviews in Barcelona.

    13 February 2018
    Publication of results of the selection process.


    Researchers of any nationality are eligible for the Junior Leader programme. In order to get accepted, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • Experience: They should have earned their doctoral degree three to six years prior to the deadline for applications. The date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood to be the date when the doctoral degree was obtained.

    • Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.

    • Complete applications: Only candidates whose applications meet all the requirements of the call may be accepted.


    If you are interested in applying for a Junior Leader fellowship, please click on the button that you will find below to create your personal account and fill in the online application form.

    The call for applications opens on the date it is published and closes on 2 October 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time - CET).

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Research Centres

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    Junior Leader - Incoming fellows must conduct their research project at a Spanish research centre that has been granted the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (*). Consequently, this means that they are centres and units that stand out for their scientific impact and leadership at an international level and that they actively collaborate with their social and business environment.

    The research programmes carried out at these centres are first rate, highly competitive and considered to be among the best in the world in their respective scientific areas. These centres act as host organisations within the framework of the Junior Leader – Incoming subprogramme and all of them have characteristics which are essential for the development and consolidation of a research career:

    • They have ethical protocols in accordance with the provisions of the European Commission.

    • They have research management offices—experts in advisory services for competitive application processes and in managing research projects .

    • They have knowledge transfer offices, to ensure dissemination and valuation of scientific and technological advances made.

    • They offer complementary activities for researchers, such as:

    1. Opportunities for research/mobility stays.

    2. Intersectoral and interdisciplinary activities through existing agreements with national and international research centres, companies and universities.

    3. Specific training on interpersonal skills and technical competencies.

    4. Public participation activities.

    Discover the Research Centres of Excellence.


    (*) The Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness grants Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu certificates to research centres and units of excellence, respectively, in any field of science. It is the highest distinction at the national level for entities that promote excellence in research. These certificates of excellence are granted by means of an annual competition among a small number of entities for a limited number of years. Once this period has passed, the entities must go through a competitive selection process again to renew their certificates.