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UPFellows Program for International Postdoctoral Researchers in Europe, 2015

Applications are invited for UPFellows Program which is jointly funded by the Marie Curie COFUND program (7th Framework Program) and the UPF. Total 24 fellowships will be awarded for a period of three years. Each call will be awarded with 12 fellowships. The program aims to attract talented researchers from anywhere in the world to a career in Europe. UPF Fellows will be able to advance their research and further develop their professional skills with a career development plan guided by a senior scientific mentor. The application deadline is the 20 April, 2015.

Study Subject (s): Fellowships are awarded in the following areas of research Social Sciences and Humanities, which is particularly strong in Economics and its interfaces with Political Science, Sociology, Law, History, and Psychology, Information and Communication Sciences, boasting high profiles in Information and Communication Technologies as well as in Computational Sciences and Engineering applied to Health and Life Sciences, Health and Life Sciences, with strength in multiple areas, including Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Neuropharmacology.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing research at postdoctoral level.
Scholarship Provider: The UPFellows is funded jointly by the Marie Curie COFUND program (7th Framework Program) and the UPF.
Scholarship can be taken at: Europe

Eligibility: It must prove that the applicant
holds a PhD or has earned a PhD by May 31st, 2015 (Dissertation/Thesis approved and defended by May 31st, 2015)
-will undertake transnational mobility, defined as the applicant not having carried out his or her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission of the application. Short stays, such as holidays, are not considered.

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Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Researchers of any nationality can apply for this UPFellows Program. But at the time of application the applicant not having carried out his or her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission of the application.

Scholarship Description: The UPFellows programme promoted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona, Spain) with the support of the Marie Curie COFUND Programme (7th Framework Programme) aimed at co-financing 24 international fellowships. It exclusively addresses international researchers and aims to offer career development opportunities to junior postdoctoral candidates of any nationality. These fellows will join one of the most unique and dynamic research environments in Europe, Catalonia (over 42 M€ in FP7 and excellent results in ERC grants), where they will be able to advance their research and professional skills while taking advantage of a career development plan under the guidance of a senior scientific mentor.

Number of award(s): UPFellows program will offer 24 international fellowships. UPFellows programme will offer 5 more international fellowships.Candidates will be recruited by a third call within a competitive selection process.

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is awarded for a period of 3 years. The candidates should start within 3 months of the acceptance of the fellowship.

What does it cover? UPFellows will receive a three-year contract with a gross salary/year of 47.300€ plus Social Security costs. In addition, selected candidates will receive:
-Travel allowance: 800€/year
-Contribution to Research costs: 3,000 €/year
-Other economic benefits: UPF has agreements with a number of providers of consumer products and health, leisure, sports, and travel services which offer employees a wide range of benefits that will be also available to the fellows.
-Furthermore, candidates will have access to a wide offer of training activities such as seminars, specific training session, etc. They will be provided with the required conditions to develop their research projects with autonomy and within a stimulating environment.

Selection Criteria: The selection is supervised by a Selection Committee and based on the candidate’s academic qualifications and research excellence in an open and transparent peer review selection process following the recommendations of the “European Charter for Researchers” and “Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers” and will be organized into the following steps which are eliminatory:
1. Eligibility check
2. First step evaluation: Pre-selection
3. Second step evaluation
4. Candidate selection and acceptance.

Notification: Applicants will be notified at the end of May, 2015.

How to Apply: Applications for the UPFellows program are accepted exclusively online through online application system. Candidates must register in order to be able to use the online application system. The online application form includes all of the necessary information for the initial stages of the selection process (scientific CV, list of publications, meetings, research experience and interests, fellowships obtained under competitive calls, project the applicant wishes to perform, etc.). At least two reference letters must be provided, which 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 eligible. Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgement of receipt will be automatically sent by e-mail to the applicant. A reference number will be assigned, which should be included in any further correspondence.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is the 20 April, 2015.

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