The Universitat Rovira i Virgili calls for applications for 25 new predoctoral research fellowships

The researchers are part of the Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme which is jointly funded by the European Union as part of its Horizon 2020 programme. This new programme at the URV will recruit 25 predoctoral researchers this year and another 25 next year, all on three-year contracts. The call for applications is open from 15 February to 15 April 2017.

As part of the Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme, the URV has called for applications for 25 new predoctoral research fellowships in different research areas. The candidates will start their three-year contracts in October 2017.The fellowships are jointly funded by the European Union through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme, which is contributing four million euros to the programme. The URV will allocate another four million euros so that a total of 50 predoctoral researchers can be contracted in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, the programme is supported by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, the IRTA and Banco Santander.

The initiative will attract and headhunt young, talented researchers with guaranteed international experience because candidates who wish to apply may not have spent more than 12 months of the last three years living in Spain (as of 31 July 2017). The reason for this is to promote mobility by encouraging applications from foreign students with master’s degrees or Spanish researchers who have lived abroad for more than two out of the last three years and to give them the opportunity to develop their research careers at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. The candidates will receive multidisciplinary and cross-sector training thanks to the collaboration of more than 30 organisations that support the initiative, which is jointly funded by the European Union through the COFUND programme.

The candidates will first be assessed by a committee consisting of external evaluators and then the three best candidates for each fellowship will be interviewed by a URV selection panel before one of them is awarded the fellowship. Education, research accomplishments, professional experience, motivation and references will all be evaluated. The URV is the first public university in Spain and the only one in Catalonia to receive such funding. Furthermore, it is one of only five Spanish institutions to receive this distinction during the first two calls issued by the COFUND predoctoral programme.  The call for applications is open from 15 February to 15 April 2017.

Source: URV Activ@, Universitat Rovira i Virgili Digital Newspaper

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