Only applicants who comply with these conditions will be considered.
Please note that different host institutions may have different
eligibility requirements, as listed at the description of each PhD sub-project.
Researchers can be of ANY nationality, but they have to comply with
the conditions of mobility.
Conditions of mobility:
At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not
have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the
country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years
immediately prior to the reference date.
Note that the mobility rule applies to the partner where the
researcher is recruited, and not to partners to which the researcher is seconded
- Example 1) An Italian researcher has moved to
France for the first time and has carried out research there for
the last six months. He CAN be appointed within an ITN team in France.
- Example 2) A French researcher has spent 13
months in Germany just prior to his appointment. Before that period
he's been working in the UK for 3 years.
Thus, he CAN NOT be appointed in an ITN team in Germany.
Conditions of experience:
Early-Stage Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by
the host organisation): be in the first four years (full-time equivalent
research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral
degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which
would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country
in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research
training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
- Example 3) a researcher has graduated with a
first degree in biology in 2004 and would like to start her Ph.D.
in 2007. She IS eligible as an ESR within the ITN as she
has less than 4 years of research experience and no PhD.
- Example 4) a researcher obtained her PhD after
3½ years. She IS NOT eligible as an ESR within the
ITN even though she has less than 4 years of research experience.
However, she WOULD BE eligible to be appointed as an
Experienced Researcher (ER) within the first five years of
Experienced Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by
the host organisation): be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at
least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. At the time of
recruitment by the host organisation an experienced researcher must also
have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
Note: an individual researcher may not be recruited as an
early-stage researcher and subsequently as an experienced researcher
within the same network. In addition, recruitment of early stage
researchers means recruitment of early stage researchers and
recruitment of experienced researchers means recruitment of experienced
researchers. An early stage researcher cannot be 'converted to an
experienced researcher and vice versa.
- Example 5) a researcher obtained her PhD after
4 years and subsequently worked in research for 13 months under
a postdoctoral position. She WOULD NOT BE eligible to be appointed
as an ER as her research experience exceeds the first five years
of her career.
- Example 6) a researcher is in the process of
writing up her Ph.D. after 4½ years of research and would like to
apply for an appointment within an ITN.While she has not
yet gained her doctorate, she WOULD NOT BE considered as an ESR due
to her level of experience. However, she WOULD BE eligible for
recruitment as an ER.