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Call for applications for the Retaining subprogramme

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10 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, who have resided in Spain more than 12 months over the past three years, to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain.


    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.

    16 October 2017 
    Deadline for the submission of the language proficiency certificate.

    19 December 2017
    Announcement of shortlisted candidates.

    29 January 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. The Junior Leader - Retaining fellows may carry out their research project at any Spanish university or research centre.

    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 earned.

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

    • English proficiency level: Candidates must accredit a minimum English proficiency level equivalent to the B2.2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    • 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).