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ERCIM Institute Alain Bensoussan Fellowship Program for Young Scientists 2024

The Fellowship Programme enables bright young scientists from all over the world to work on a challenging problem as fellows of leading European research centers. In addition, an ERCIM fellowship helps widen and intensify the network of personal relations and understanding among scientists. The programme offers the opportunity to ERCIM fellows:

  • To work with internationally recognized experts,
  • To improve their knowledge about European research structures and networks,
  • To become familiarized with working conditions in leading European research centres,
  • To promote cross-fertilization and cooperation, through the fellowships, between research groups working in similar areas in different laboratories.

Aim and Benefits 

The fellows are appointed for 12 months either by a stipend (an agreement for a research training programme) or a working contract. The type of contract and the monthly allowance (for stipends) or salary (for working contracts) depend on the hosting institute (see table above).

It should be noted that the stipend (Fellowship Agreement) does not constitute a contract of employment. As such, no contributions are made, on behalf of the fellow, in respect of unemployment insurance or either state or private retirement schemes. The fellow will not, therefore, be entitled to any unemployment or retirement benefits under the Fellowship Agreement.

For the entire period of 12 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance or salary (depending on the type of contract) which may vary depending on the country. Costs for travelling to and from the institutes will be paid under conditions determined by the contract.

This allowance/salary will be transferred to the fellow's personal bank account.

Allowances for the round 2024(1):

Country

Consortium

Monthly Allowance (Net)

In Euro (Approximatively)

Contract Type

Italy CNR 2240 € Stipend Contract
Netherlands CWI 2500 € Stipend Contract
Germany Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 3000 € Stipend Contract
Portugal INESC 1686 € Stipend Contract
Norway NTNU 4260 € Stipend Contract
Sweden RISE 2925 € Stipend Contract
Spain UMA 2100 € at minimum Working Contract
Poland University of Warsaw 1500 € Stipend Contract

Depending on the hosting country and the type of contract the net allowance might not take into account deductions such as income tax. We strongly recommend to the fellows to consult the host organisation for these details before signing the contract.

Insurance
For working contracts, the fellow is covered by social insurance according to the national regulation of the hosting country.
For stipends the fellow is covered by personal health insurance provided by insurers selected by Campus France, the cost of which is paid by ERCIM-EEIG. The insurance also covers medical repatriation, the payment of a capital in the event of disability or death and a personal civil liability outside the country of origin.
The insurance does not extend to the fellow's family.
The duration of the insurance is strictly limited to the duration of the fellowship.
The fellow will have to conform strictly to the modalities required by Campus France to obtain benefit of this insurance.
Details information on the Campus France insurance available on demand by email.

Costs for travelling to and from the institutes
Costs for travelling to and from the host institutions will be reimbursed on the basis of an economic class airplane ticket or first class train ticket. No moving expenses are allocated. The limit is 500 euros per trip (2 trips can be planned).

Research Exchange Programme
Fellows have to spend at least a one-week visit to another ERCIM member institute. ERCIM-EEIG will cover reasonable expenses (including but not limited: travel, accomodation, meal) up to a maximum amount calculated on the basis of 100 euros per month over the fellowship period.

Participation in scientific conferences
Fellows are encouraged to attend and to submit papers to scientific conferences during his or her fellowship. ERCIM-EEIG will cover registration costs and travelling expenses up to a maximum sum calculated at a rate of 100 euros per month under the condition that the fellow has an accepted paper at the conference. This additional allowance can also be used for covering processing fees for Open Access journals.

Requirements

The Fellowships are available for PhD holders from all over the world.

PHD DEGREE:

You must hold a PhD degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship, but not necessarily at the time the application is submitted.

Applicants who already hold a PhD degree are eligible if they obtained their PhD degree during the previous eight-year period (prior to the year of the application deadline).

As an example: An applicant with a PhD degree obtained on 1st January 2016 can apply for the September call 2024.

Exceptions to this rule are made for applicants with prolonged career breaks due to parental leave and/or mandatory military/civil service in which case the time of the career break will not be counted. Additional exceptions might be made on a case-by-case basis for extraordinary personal circumstances, such as severe illness.

In order to benefit from one of these exceptions, the ERCIM Office must be contacted prior to the application submission. Each career break period request will require justification.

Interview date, Process and Venue

Each application is reviewed by one or more senior scientists in each participating ERCIM institute. ERCIM representatives decide on the candidates to whom Fellowships are offered, taking into account the following criteria:

  • Scientific expertise of the applicant,
  • Quality of scientific publications,
  • Relevance of the fellowship research agenda,
  • Interest/ added-value for the consortium,
  • Previous mobility / professional experiences.

The number of available positions varies from call to call and depends mainly from the needs of the member institutes and their available funding.

Equal Opportunities
ERCIM is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and promoting diversity. People seeking fellowship within the ERCIM consortium are not discriminated against because race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or disability.

Documents Required for Application

CV

To apply you will have to upload a detailed CV in English, highlighting experience and achievements, including education and employment record (accepted formats: pdf, ps, doc, docx).

Please do not insert sensitive data on it or in any other documents requested.

The following personal data is considered ‘sensitive’ and is subject to specific processing conditions:

  • Personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • Trade-union membership;
  • Genetic data, biometric data processed solely to identify a human being;
  • Health-related data;
  • Data concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

Before submitting your application, the applicant will have to certify this point

Application Deadline

September 30, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, on fellowship.ercim.eu to apply

Only online applications are accepted.
Next deadline for application: 02 Oct 2024

Which topics/disciplines?

The topics focus on the ERCIM institutes' scientific fields of competence.
See http://fellowship.ercim.eu/topics

What are the conditions to apply?

Before applying, please read carefully the "Application guide".

  • have obtained a PhD degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application year deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record. Nevertheless, before starting the grant, a proof of the PhD degree will be requested.
  • complete, submit the application form and send via the online system:
    • A detailed curriculum vitae without any sensitive data (such as information that reveals the alleged racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs...). More details in the Application guide,
    • A list of publications,
    • Two scientific papers in English,
    • Tontact details of two referees.

Please note that the fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible).

We encourage not only researchers from academic institutions to apply, but also scientists working in industry.

In order to encourage mobility:

  • A member institute will not be eligible to host a candidate of the same nationality.
  • A candidate cannot be hosted by a member institute, if by the application deadline of the call, he or she has already been working for this institute (including phd or postdoc studies) for a total of 6 months or more, during the last 3 years.

 For more details visit: ERCIM Institute website.

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