The fellowship consists of a monthly salary for the postdoctoral researcher based on the salary scale of the Host Institution and is granted for a period of twenty-four (24) months maximum, and a dedicated research budget (up to €8,000) and collaboration and travel budget (up to €6,000) related to the project.
The research budget can be used for standard research costs including but not limited to materials, visits to conferences and workshops, open access and training costs. Visits to the mandatory bootcamps should also be covered from the research budget.
The collaboration and travel budget can be used for all costs related to the collaboration with the Co-host Supervisor / Institution, and other travels directly related to the EuroTechPostdoc2 programme.
Additional travel allowances necessary to conduct the collaborative projects, workshops and training in other countries will be provided by the Host Institution and negotiated individually.
The research thematic is open to all areas within the Alliance enabling the exploration of emerging and promising fields and promoting new interdisciplinary research collaborations. Fellows may freely choose a research topic and the appropriate Host and Co-host Institution, fitting their individual needs and ambitions.
Examples of potential research areas can be found, but are not limited to, within the Focus Areas of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.
Host and Co-host Institutions and Supervisors
The fellow must conduct the proposed research in a laboratory of one of the universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance (the Host Institution) and under the supervision of a Professor or a Senior Scientist (the Host Supervisor) employed in that institution or in the case of l’École Polytechnique à Paris, working at one of the ‘Unités Mixtes de Recherche (UMR)’ at that institution.
In addition, the fellow will conduct a mandatory collaborative project with another participating university (the Co-host Institution) in the form of secondments, research stays, short visits, field research and/or web conferences, and under the supervision of a Professor or a Senior Scientist (the Co-host Supervisor) employed in that institution, or in the case of l’École Polytechnique à Paris, working at one of the ‘Unités Mixtes de Recherche (UMR)’ at that institution.
Four universities can act as Host Institution:
- Technical University of Denmark (DTU),
- L’École Polytechnique à Paris (l’X),
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
- Technical University of Munich (TUM)
All six universities within the EuroTech Universities Alliance can act as Co-host Institution:
- The four above, but also
- École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
- Technion Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion)
Note that a viability check is done to confirm the availability of infrastructure, supervision and resources to successfully complete the project before the final selection of candidates. Since this check could lead to a rejection of a highly ranked proposal, we strongly advice you to contact your intended Host and Co-host supervisor before submitting the proposal, and check whether indeed the infrastructure, resources and supervision needed are available.
To be considered eligible, applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be Experienced Researchers, namely they must, on the call deadline (1st call: February 25, 2021), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
- Mobility Rule: Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Host Institution for more than twelve (12) months in the three (3) years immediately before the call deadline (Call 1: February 26, 2018 – February 25, 2021). Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Exceptions related to Covid-19 can be considered, based on a case-by-case analysis. If you think you qualify for an exception, please contact the Programme Management Office as soon as possible.
- Applicants must be able to carry out full time research during the fellowship period (parental leave, sick leave, military leave and care leave are accepted).
- Research direction should follow the H2020 Ethics rules.
To be considered admissible, the application must be complete and submitted in the electronic submission system before the deadline of the call (February 25, 2021).
For an application to be complete, it must contain the following elements:
- Research plan (maximum five (5) pages, following the template provided).
- Prioritized CV – including career breaks and list of all publications of the applicant, following the template provided.
- Completed and signed ethical issues form, following the template provided.
- Scanned copy of PhD diploma or an official statement of the awarding university that the degree has been awarded, or official statement(s) proving the four years of full-time equivalent research experience in English.
- Names of intended Host Supervisor and intended Co-host Supervisor.
- The Host Supervisor could be from the following Institutions: DTU, L’X, TU/e, and TUM.
- The Co-host Supervisor could be from the following Institutions: DTU, EPFL, L’X, Technion, TU/e, and TUM.
- Motivation letter on carrying out a cross-border collaborative project (maximum one (1) page; additional pages will be discarded).
The figure below shows the timeline of the Application and Evaluation process of the first call within EuroTechPostdoc2.
The most important steps within this process are the following:
- Deadline call: On or before the deadline (25 February, 17:00 hr. CET/GMT+1), applicants submit their proposal in the electronic submission system.
- After the submission deadline, the Programme Management Office performs an admissibility and eligibility check for all submitted applications and inform the applicants by e-mail of the outcome within two weeks.
- Proposals found eligible and admissible are sent for review by three external independent reviewers, who will score the proposals according to the evaluation criteria (see Rules & Regulations for details). Only proposals scoring higher than the threshold are considered for the next steps.
- For the proposals with the highest score per university, a viability check will be performed to confirm the availability of infrastructure, supervision and resources to successfully complete the project.
- Per university, fellowships will be offered to the applicants of the best proposals that are found viable. TU/e, TUM, DTU have 10 hosting positions per call whereas L’X has 5 positions.
Note that the viability check is a crucial step before the final selection of candidates. Since this check could lead to a rejection of a highly ranked proposal, we strongly advice you to contact your intended Host and Co-host supervisor before submitting the proposal, and check whether indeed the infrastructure, resources and supervision needed are available.
For more details, please refer to the Rules & Regulations.