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ERCIM Fellowships

ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, offers fellowships for PhD holders from all over the world.

Topics cover most disciplines in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics.

What are the conditions?

* have obtained a PhD degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record
* be fluent in English
* be discharged or get deferment from military service
* the fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible)
* have completed the PhD before starting the grant (a proof will be requested).

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 start of the fellowship, he or she has already worked in this institute for a total of 6 months or more, during the last 3 years.

Two types of contracts
The fellows are appointed for 12 or 2x12 months either by a stipend (an agreement for a reasearch 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 or 24 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.

Why to apply for an ERCIM Fellowship?

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.

How are the fellows selected?

Each application is reviewed by one or more senior scientists in each 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.
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