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Call for applicants

  • The start of the call for applications may vary from one year to another. If you wish to receive a notification when a new call for applications opens, you can do so by subscribing to the notification service.

  • No. You can only apply for a fellowship for one of the four programmes included in the current call for applications.

  • No.

  • No. The fact that you have already submitted applications in previous calls is not a factor that is taken into account when evaluating applications.

  • No. The minimum duration of the fellowship is 36 months, to carry out a doctoral thesis on a full-time basis.

  • The INPhINIT Incoming frame requires choosing one specific predoctoral position through the predoctoral position search engine. However, it is highly recommended to have alternative possibilities to the first option, in case this one can not be effective or if you would like to change the option if you are awarded the fellowship. You can describe these additional options in the "comments" section of "studies to be pursued“ tab and in the statement of purpose. The position chosen in the application is therefore an expression of interest, and it is not binding: in the event of obtaining the fellowship, you could choose another available position if you wish to.

    In the INPhINIT Retaining frame you do not have to choose a predoctoral position, although in the "studies to be pursued" section you must indicate the doctoral programme that you would like to study if you obtained the fellowship. The indicated programme is an expression of interest, and it is not binding: in the event of obtaining the fellowship, you could choose another doctoral programme if you wish to.

  • No, the start of the fellowship must coincide with the dates stated in the programme rules.

  • Yes, but only for the INPhINIT Incoming frame. In the “How to apply” section for the INPhINIT Incoming frame, you will see the list of PhD positions available in this call for applications.

  • No, this call for fellowship applications is for young researchers who are between the first and fourth years of their research career not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Yes. For studies outside the European Higher Education Area, you should accredit that your studies make you eligible for a doctoral degree programme in the country of origin.

  • Yes, you can apply for a fellowship if you plan to finish your studies by the time of the call for applications in June/July of 2019.

  • The INPhINIT fellowships are incompatible with any other paid work, grant, or financial aid from any other organisation.

  • No. In any case, the years of research experience will be taken into account. At the closing date for applications, candidates must be in the first four years of their research career and they should not have previously obtained any other doctoral degree.

  • To be eligible to apply for an INPhINIT incoming fellowship:

    Candidates who wish to join a Spanish centre or university cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Candidates who wish to join a Portuguese centre or university cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

    The fulfilment of the geographic mobility requirement will be checked during the eligibility screening phase. It will be checked again and definitively after the publication date of the final list of selected candidates.

    Find below two examples:

    Example 1:

    A Spanish researcher has finished the last year of her bachelor’s degree in a Spanish university. She has taken a master's degree in the Netherlands from 07/10/2016 to 06/09/2018, when she leaves her residence in the Netherlands. Since 07/09/2018 she is on holidays and from 07/10/2018 she joins a Spanish company, where she plans to work for at least one year.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for the INPhINIT Incoming fellowship to pursue doctoral studies in a research centre accredited as a Severo Ochoa research centre?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    07/02/2016
    06/10/2016

    Spain

    8 months

    Studies

    07/10/2016
    06/09/2018

    The Netherlands

    23 months

    Studies

    07/09/2018
    06/10/2018

    Spain

    1 month

    Holidays

    07/10/2018
    06/02/2019

    Spain

    4 months

    Work

     

    As she left her residence in the Netherlands on 06/09/2018, starting from 07/09/2018 her familiar residence is in Spain despite she is in holiday abroad. She is not eligible to apply for the fellowship as she will have spent more than 12 months in Spain in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications (6th of February 2019).

     

    Example 2:

    A French student has completed his master’s degree in France. On 07/10/2017 he starts an internship period in a Portuguese company for 5 months, and after finishing it, he moves to Finland for a research stay of 5 months in a research centre. He returns to Portugal by 07/08/2018 and starts working in the same company where he did his internship.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for an INPhINIT Incoming fellowship in a Portuguese research unit accredited as exceptional by the Fundação per a Ciência e a Tecnologia de Portugal?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    07/02/2016
    06/10/2017

    France

    20 months

    Studies

    07/10/2017
    06/03/2018

    Portugal

    5 months

    Work

    07/03/2018
    06/08/2018

    Finland

    5 months

    Work

    07/08/2018
    06/02/2019

    Portugal

    6 months

    Work

     

    He is eligible to apply for the fellowship, as at the closing date for applications he will have spent 11 months in Portugal in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

  • To be eligible to apply for an INPhINIT Retaining Fellowship candidates must fulfil two mobility requirements:

    Requirement 1

    Candidates who wish to join a Spanish centre or university must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Candidates who wish to join a Portuguese centre or university must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the deadline for applications.

    Short stays, such as holidays, done in a country other than their country of usual residence (where they carried out their main activity), will be considered as time spent in their country of usual residence.

    The fulfilment of the geographic mobility requirement will be checked during the eligibility screening phase. It will be checked again and definitively after the publication date of the final list of selected candidates.

    Find below two examples:

    Example 1:

    A Portuguese researcher has finished the last year of her bachelor’s degree at a university in Denmark. On 27/06/2017 she leaves her residence in Denmark and goes on holiday until 27/08/2017. From 28/08/2017 to 27/07/2018 she takes a master's degree in a Portuguese university. On 28/07/2018 she stays for 7 months in a Spanish company.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for an INPhINIT Retaining fellowship to complete her PhD at a Portuguese research center?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    28/02/2016
    27/06/2017

    Denmark

    16 months

    Studies

    28/06/2017
    27/08/2017

    Portugal

    2 months

    Holidays

    28/08/2017
    27/07/2018

    Portugal

    11 months

    Studies

    28/07/2018
    27/02/2019

    Spain

    7 months

    Studies

     

    As she left her residence in Denmark on 27/06/2018, during the period 28/06/2017 – 27/08/2017 her familiar residence is in Portugal, despite she is on holiday abroad. She is eligible to apply for a fellowship because she will have spent more than 12 months living in Portugal in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications. (27th of February 2019).

     

    Example 2:

    A French student has taken a master's degree at a university in France during the period 28/02/2016 - 27/02/2017. She has done her master’s thesis in a research group of a Spanish university for 6 months. She stays in Spain collaborating with the research group until 27/01/2018. After this period, she moves to Poland to work at a research center.

    Is the candidate eligible to apply for an INPhINIT Retaining fellowship at a Spanish university?

    Start date - End date Country of residence Period Activity

    28/02/2016
    27/02/2017

    France

    12 months

    Studies

    28/02/2017
    27/08/2017

    Spain

    6 months

    Studies

    28/08/2017
    27/01/2018

    Spain

    5 months

    Work

    28/01/2018
    27/02/2019

    Poland

    13 months

    Work

     

    She is not eligible to apply for the fellowship, since she will have resided less than 12 months in Spain in the 3 years immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

     

    Requirement 2

    Candidates who obtain an INPhINIT Retaining fellowship must enroll in a PhD programme of a university other than the one where they studied the bachelor’s degree.

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