UPFellowship Program for International Researchers, 2013/14

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The UPFellows program promoted by Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Barcelona, Spain) aims to offer career development opportunities to outstanding junior postdoctoral researchers of any nationality.

UPF Fellows will join one of the most unique and dynamic research environments in Europe, where they will be able to advance in their research and further develop their professional skills with a career development plan guided by a senior scientific mentor. The program aims to attract talented researchers from anywhere in the world to a career in Europe.

UPFellows program will offer 24 international fellowships. Candidates will be recruited by two separate calls for applications and a competitive selection process. The first call will offer 12 positions in different research fields. The final number of selected candidates will depend on the quality of the applications received.

The UPFellows is funded jointly by the Marie Curie COFUND program (7th Framework Program) and the UPF.

Elegibility criteria
Eligibility is determined using the information provided in the application via the web application. For an application to be eligible:
1. It must be received before the deadline.
2. It must be complete, including specifically:
·         A full CV
·         A statement of research interests and plans for the UPFellow period
·         The names of three scholars who are willing to serve as references for the applicant
·         An indication of which panel the applicant wishes to consider his/her application

3. It must document that the applicant:
holds a PhD or will hold a PhD degree by 30th September 2013 (call for applications 2013)
·         Holds a PhD or will hold a PhD degree by 30th September 2013
·         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.

If you have any queries about your eligibility to apply, please contact upfellows@upf.edu before submitting an application.

The fellowship is awarded for a period of 3 years. The candidates should start within 3 months of the acceptance of the fellowship.

Economic Conditions and Training
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.

UPF Research Environment
UPFellows will benefit from the UPF Research Environment. The UPF is among the top 20 institutions in Europe funded by grants of the European Research Council and ranks as the number one Spanish university in research productivity, based on journal articles indexed in the JCR, research and development projects in 2010, and doctoral dissertations between 2004 and 2009 (Ranking in research production and productivity in the Spanish university public system, 2010).

Along with internationalization, a key contributor to UPF’s success has been its focus on specific areas of research and interdisciplinary contributions thanks to a small number of departments and affiliated research and technology centers  which is organized into three thematic campuses:
 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.

How to apply
Applications for the UPFellows program are accepted exclusively online through our online application system. The application deadline is the 1st of July 2013.

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.
For any additional information, please contact Marta Perell√≥ at upfellows@upf.edu.

Click here for further details and application


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