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Eligibility criteria and call rules

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The INPhINIT programme will be open to Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) of all nationalities. In order to be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria (in accordance with the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie eligibility conditions):

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    At the publication date of the final list of selected candidates (29 may 2018), applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.


    At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

    • To have completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

    • To have completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.


    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 publication date of the final list of selected candidates (29 may 2018). Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account when calculating the mobility requirement.


    Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).


    Only candidates whose submitted application fulfil all the requirements will be eligible.

Selection process

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    No applications nor additional documentation can be submitted after the deadlines set in the call rules.

    1 February 2018
    End of the call for applications.

    15 February 2018
    Deadline for presenting the language certificate.

    18 April 2018
    Notification of the shortlist results.

    16 and 17 May 2018
    Face-to-face interviews in Barcelona.

    29 May 2018
    Publication of the final list of selected candidates.

    From 29 May 2018 to 22 June 2018
    Matching research centre – fellow.


    INPhINIT aims to recruit excellent Early-Stage Researchers with very solid theoretical backgrounds, with curiosity and ambition; with incipient skills to express themselves clearly and defend their ideas with creativity, independence and originality. Researchers may be focused on the academic side or be more industry-oriented. The evaluation criteria and scores defined to achieve this goal are:


    • Qualifications and Curriculum Vitae (weight 50%): academic and/or professional curriculum in relation to the stage of the candidate’s career;

    • Motivation and statement of purpose (weight 30%): the originality, innovation and potential impact of the proposed statement of purpose, and the choice of the Research Centre and/or research line will be assessed;

    • Letters of reference (weight 20%): reference letters supporting the candidacy will be assessed taking into account the specificity of the content with regard to the candidate as well as the profile of the people who sign them.


    • Candidate’s potential (weight 40%): in order to have a general perception of the candidate’s potential, experts will pay attention to “soft” skills, ability to present easily a complex reasoning, team working; and capabilities such as independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship, leadership, among others.

    • Motivation and statement of purpose (weight 30%): experts will assess the impact of the statement of purpose for the candidate and the society; innovation, originality and feasibility; and candidate’s capabilities with regard to the scope of the statement of purpose.

    • Academic and professional background (weight 30%): experts will assess the consistency of the candidate’s academic background and CV in the area chosen to carry out the PhD.



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Depending on the number of eligible applications, during this stage, selection may be based on the final mark obtained for the bachelor's studies.

How to apply

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Ethics principles

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    The INPhINIT programme is co-funded by the European Commission through COFUND, which is one of the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie initiatives of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. As with all activities funded by the European Union, ethics is given the highest priority and is seen as crucial to achieve real research excellence. The research carried out in the framework of the INPhINIT programme must comply with ethical principles and relevant national, EU and international legislation, such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights.

    INPhINIT follows a bottom-up approach, thus it is not known in advance if the fellowships to be funded raise ethical issues. It is for this reason that “la Caixa” Foundation establishes a procedure to identify any potential ethics issues and to handle the ethics aspects raised.

    As part of this procedure, “la Caixa” Foundation requires to any fellowship recipient to complete a Checklist in order to identify any potential ethics issue related to the funded research projects.

    Applications that may involve ethical issues are sent to the Ethics Committee to verify that the proposals do not contravene fundamental ethics principals or relevant security procedures.

    Check the ETHICS ISSUES Checklist (PDF, 176 KB)


    Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an emerging concept, promoted by the European Commission and incorporated in the Horizon 2020 programme, to reconsider the role of science and technology in society. “la Caixa” Foundation fosters this concept through the coordination of the EU project RRI Tools and its participation in other European projects aiming to implement RRI in diverse contexts: HEIRRI for higher education institutions and COMPASS for industry.

    During their interdisciplinary training, INPhINIT fellows will have the opportunity to learn more about how to align their research with the values and needs of society, paying attention to issues such as integrity in research and understanding the benefits to their own professional engagement with the public and industry in their research activity.