Fellowship Programme

The ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Fellowship Programme

Next application deadline: 30 September 2010

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Who can apply?

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

What is the duration?

Fellowships are generally of 18 month duration, spent in two of the ERCIM institutes.

In particular cases a fellowship of 12 month duration spent in one institute might be offered. A fellow selected under the 12 month scheme must spend at least one week in each of two, preferably different, ERCIM institutes (Exchange Programme).
guidelines for the Exchange Programme See guidelines for the Exchange Programme

How to apply?

Only online applications are accepted.
Next deadline for application: 30 September 2010

Which topics/disciplines?

The programme focuses on topics defined by the ERCIM working groups and projects administrated by ERCIM from which you can choose on the Application Form. See also the detailed list of topics. In addition, applications are also welcome for other areas in which ERCIM institutes are active (see scientific fields of competence).

Where are the fellows hosted?

Only ERCIM members can host fellows. For information about the possible hosting institutes, see "ERCIM members" and follow the links to the homepages of the individual members, or contact the national contact for the ERCIM Fellowship Programme for a specific insitute.

When an ERCIM member is a consortium (such as AARIT, CRCIM, DANAIM, PEG, PLERCIM, SARIT, SpaRCIM, Irish Universities Association) the hosting institute might be any of the consortium's members.

When an ERCIM Member is a funding organisation (FNR for Luxembourg; FWO/FNRS for Belgium), the hosting institute might be any of their affiliates.
Fellowships are proposed according to the needs of the member institutes and the available funding.

See also the list of current and former fellows.

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.

For the entire period of 12 or 18 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance which may vary depending on the country. Costs for travelling to and from the institutes will be paid under conditions determined by the contract.

Monthly allowance in euro
The fellow receives a monthly allowance which varies depending on the country. This amount will be transferred to the fellow's personal bank account.

Current allowances:

Country Institute Monthly allowance (net) in euro
Austria AARIT 1500 or more (depending on the hosting institute)
Belguim FWO/FNRS 1800 or more (depending on the hosting institute)
Czech Republic CRCIM 1300
Denmark DANAIM 2800
Finland VTT 2630
France INRIA 2248
Luxembourg FNR 2600
Germany FhG 2380
Greece FORTH 2000
Hungary SZTAKI 1230
Italy CNR 1980
Ireland IUA 2600
The Netherlands CWI 2400
Norway NTNU 3050
Poland PLERCIM 1100
Portugal PEG (INESC, Univ. of Porto and Technical Univ. Lisbon) 2245
Spain SpaRCIM 1917
Sweden SICS 2550
Switzerland SARIT ranging from 2 700 to 3 200 depending on the hosting institute
UK STFC 2446

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. Travel by car will be reimbursed on the basis of a first class train ticket. No moving expenses are allocated.

Participation in scientific conferences
The Fellow is 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 Euro per month under the condition that the fellow has an accepted paper at the conference.

The fellow is covered by a personal insurance by EGIDE, Centre International des Etudiants et Stagiaires, except for Switzerland (see http://www.egide.asso.fr/), the cost of which is paid by ERCIM-EEIG. The insurance covers medical transportation costs if needed, payment of a lump sum for invalidity or death, personal liability. Female fellows are informed that all expenses related to pregnancy are not covered by this insurance. The insurance does not cover the fellow's family. The fellow will have to conform strictly to the modalities required by EGIDE to obtain benefit of this insurance.

Available for download:
zip Detailed information on the EGIDE insurance.

It should be noted that a Fellow shall not be covered by the insurance provided by EGIDE during any period of the Fellowship Programme that the Fellow spends in his country of origin. Country of origin shall be defined as the country in which the Fellow is deemed a national, and/or another country designated by EGIDE in the event that the Fellow normally resides in a country other than his country of nationality.

The fellows are appointed by an agreement for a reasearch training programme with an allowance depending on the country (see table above) and a duration of either eighteen or twelve months.

It should be noted that the 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.

Available for download:
Model contract
pdf for the 12 months scheme
pdf for the 18 months scheme

Please note that these are model contracts that are subject to modification in particular cases.

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:

  • the qualification of the applicant
  • the overlap of interest between the applicant and the hosting institution
  • available funding (from the hosting institute).

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 employment within the ERCIM consortium are not discriminated against because race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or disability.

Further information

For general questions about the Fellowship Programme, please contact fp-info@ercim.eu

Contacts for questions about a particular hosting institute:

Institute National contact Tel Email
AARIT Erwin Schoitsch +43 50550 4117 erwin.schoitsch@ait.ac.at
CNR Brunella Falchi +39 050 3152878 brunella.falchi@isti.cnr.it
CRCIM Vaclav Matyas 420 549 495 165 matyas@fi.muni.cz
CWI Dick Broekhuis +31 20 592 4188 Dick.Broekhuis@cwi.nl
DANAIM Peter Schneider-Kamp +45 6550 2327 petersk@imada.sdu.dk
FhG Bettina Touré +49 2241 14 2271 bettina.toure@izb.fraunhofer.de
FNR Ulrike Kohl +352 26 19 25 32 ulrike.kohl@fnr.lu
FORTH-ICS Dimitris Plexousakis +30 2810 391637 dp@ics.forth.gr
FWO/FNRS Jean-Jacques Quisquater +32 10 47 25 41 jjq@uclouvain.be
INRIA Michel Loyer
+33 1 3963 5339
Irish Universities Association Simon Dobson (UCD) +353 1716 5360 Simon.Dobson@ucd.ie
NTNU Lena Haugen +47 73 59 34 18 Lena.Haugen@ime.ntnu.no
PLERCIM Malgorzata Koslacz +48 22 55 44 297 koslacz@mimuw.edu.pl
(INESC, Univ. of Porto and Technical Univ. Lisbon)
João Falcão e Cunha + 351 225 082 133 jfcunha@fe.up.pt
SARIT Beat Hirsbrunner + 41 (0)26 300 84 67 beat.hirsbrunner@unifr.ch
SICS Janusz Launberg +46 8 633 1504 janusz@sics.se
SpaRCIM Javier Larrosa +34 93 413 78 72 larosa@lsi.upc.es
STFC Michael Wilson +44 1235 446619 Michael.Wilson@stfc.ac.uk
SZTAKI László Monostori +36 1 279 61 59 laszlo.monostori@sztaki.hu
VTT Sanna Downing +358 20 722 6040 sanna.downing@vtt.fi

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