Please consult the Guideline for applicants for detailed information.

Eligibility criteria and application requirements

  • Researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the deadline of the call. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will NOT be considered eligible. Researchers must be enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree in one of the Universities participating in the programme at the time of signing the contract.
  • Candidates must hold a degree that allows admission to the official doctoral programme at the University linked to the institution of their interest at the time to join the host institution (it is not requested the candidate to hold the degree when the candidate applies). For instance, to join CRAG, candidates must hold a degree with a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master level. Similarly, to join the MPIPZ, candidates must hold a degree equivalent to a German Master, i.e. a degree with at least 4 years of studies in a related subject, which is not a Bachelor degree.
  • Applicants must not have resided in, or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.), in the country of the recruiting institution (Spain in case of CRAG applicants or Germany in case of MPIPZ applicants) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account. Exceptions to the mobility rule will be considered only in duly justified exceptional cases and upon approval by the REA project officer, for example for researchers undergoing a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, parental leave or military services.
  • Researchers from any nationality may apply. If selected, candidates will have to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language before they can be admitted onto the programme.

Gender dimension and other diversity and inclusive aspects

CRAG and MPIPZ are committed to excellence in recruiting according to the principles of equal opportunity. In addition, individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.