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CRG International PhD Fellowships Programme in Spain, 2023

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is inviting applications for International PhD Fellowships Programme. These fellowships will be awarded to highly talented and motivated students with outstanding qualifications to carry out PhD in biomedicine at the CRG.

The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health, and economic prosperity.

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CRG International PhD Fellowships Programme in Spain, 2023

Great offer for international students to get fund for PhD in biomedicine at the CRG in Spain.

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The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence created in December 2000. It is a non-profit foundation funded by the Catalan Government through the Departments of Economy & Knowledge and Health, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation. It includes the participation of Pompeu Fabra University.

Application Deadline: 10 January 2023.

Scholarship Description

  • Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD program.
  • Scholarship Award: Varies
  • Number of Scholarships: Not Known
  • Nationality: Any nationality
  • Scholarship can be taken in Spain


  • Eligible Countries: Candidates of any nationality can apply for these PhD fellowships.
  • Study Subject: Successful candidates will join research groups with top-level scientists and will carry out their research in one of the following scientific fields:
  • Bioinformatics, Genomics and Population Genomics, including methods and technology development, data integration, systems modeling and deep learning in genomics, proteomics, image bioinformatics, single-cell omics, and high throughput functional screens.
  • Medical Genomics, including clinical and statistical genetics, medical and single-cell genomics, molecular mechanisms of disease and disease heterogeneity, and evolutionary medicine.
  • Systems Biology and Genomics, including systems neurobiology, quantitative cell biology, cellular dynamics, algorithms, methods and technology development, data integration and visualization, imaging, synthetic biology, deep learning applied to biology and human health, and single-cell biology.
  • Cell Biology, mechanistic and novel approaches to understand the process of cell compartmentation, division, growth, and tissue organization.
  • Cellular Decision Making and Interactions, including stem cell biology, host-microbiome interactions, differentiation and disease, evolution, and immunology.
  • Entrance Requirements:  Candidates should fulfill the following eligibility criteria at the call deadline. If it becomes clear before, during, or after the evaluation phase that one or more of the eligibility criteria have not been fulfilled, the proposal is declared ineligible and withdrawn from further examination.
    • The call is open to candidates of any nationality.
    • Candidates must have obtained a University Degree and a Masters’s Degree in biomedical sciences within the European Higher Education System (minimum 300 ECTS) or an equivalent University Degree that allows starting a PhD thesis in the candidate’s home country by October 2021. Candidates who expect to be awarded a degree by October 2021 are eligible to apply.
    • Candidates must have an excellent academic record, previous research experience, and a strong commitment to scientific research.
    • Candidates must have a high working knowledge of English.
    • Candidates invited to previous PhD call interviews are not eligible.
    • Preferably, candidates may not have worked at the CRG for more than 6 months before the call deadline.

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Application Procedure

  • How to Apply: Applications must be submitted online.
  • Candidates must register to use the online application system.
  • Supporting Documents: The online application form requests all of the necessary information for the initial stages of the selection process (General information, Education, Coursework, Honours, scholarships, prizes and awards, research experience, scientific interests, and reference letters.)
  • If the academic transcripts are not in Catalan, Spanish, or English, applicants should also attach a translation in one of the above-mentioned languages.
  • Applicants should select a minimum of 2 labs and a maximum of 5 in which they would like to work.
  • Two reference letters will be automatically requested from the referees proposed by the candidate through the online system.
  • Candidates must ensure that all information is included before the deadline, including the reference letters. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • English Language Requirements: Candidates must have a high working knowledge of English. Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.


4 fellowships through the “Contratos predoctoral Severo-Ochoa para la Formación de doctores” 2023 call funded by the MINECO (“Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad”). (herein referred to as Severo Ochoa Grants).

  • Up to 6 fellowships associated with the “Proyectos I+D Excelencia/Retos” 2023 Call funded by MINECO (herein referred to as FPI-Project Grants).
  • 3 fellowships through the Chromdesign “Innovative Training Network” (herein referred to as ITN Grants) to Luciano Di Croce lab (2) and Marc Martí-Renom lab (1). Candidates for these positions must undertake transnational mobility, which means that candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the call.

For this call, the following grants will be offered:

  • Selected PhD students will receive an annual work contract with a competitive salary that will be renewed annually for a maximum of 4 years (a 3-year contract for ITNs) following the applicable national regulations.
  • All PhD students will receive full health and occupational insurance coverage and be included in the Spanish Social Security System. Training and other benefits
  • CRG fellows will benefit from the CRG Research and Training Programme, which includes:
  • International scientific environment. CRG is located in Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a cluster for biomedical research in southern Europe, which includes several other biomedical research institutions and more than 1000 researchers
  • Advanced research training (training-through research, specific scientific and technology courses, and a variety of CRG seminars and CRG/PRBB conferences with international invited speakers)
  • Career development activities (Courses@CRG, INTERVALS Programme offered to PRBB residents)
  • Cutting-edge advanced core facilities
  • Other initiatives and activities organized by the PRBB and CRG
  • Student community activities (Annual Retreat & Annual Symposium)

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