Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 20 May 2018
Open to: all nationalities
Benefits: salary, medium term contract (up to 36 months, co-funded by MSCA COFUND grant), full time position


The researchers are part of the Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme which is jointly funded by the European Union as part of its Horizon 2020 programme. This new programme at the URV has recruited 22 predoctoral researchers in 2017, and will recruit 28 in 2018, all on three-year contracts.

The programme is uniquely shaped to offer the best training stemming from the “triple i” principles of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions: international, interdisciplinary and intersectorial.

The positions are based on individual projects encompassing all areas of research at URV: Sciences, Health Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Social and Legal Sciences. Prospective candidates can find the full list of projects and offered positions.


In order to be eligible for any of the MFP fellowships, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Comply with the MSCA mobility rule:
    • The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to 31/07/2018.
  2. ESR eligibility criteria: Early-stage researchers (ESR) shall at the time of recruitment be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
    • Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  3. Hold a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master’s degree and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master’s level,
    Hold of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master’s degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded.


The successful candidates will be offered the following:

  • medium term contract (up to 36 months, co-funded by MSCA COFUND grant), full time position;
  • a very attractive salary, on par with European offerings (see more details below);
  • 3-6 months secondments to international (and in some cases intersectorial) partner organizations;
  • access to a comprehensive training package, with a strong interdisciplinary focus, together with an attractive transversal skills programme.

Main package

Candidates will receive a gross monthly salary of approximately 2200 EUR.
Apart from the salary, URV will contribute up to 7500 EUR each year to the cost of the fellow’s travels, research and training.

How to apply?

The application process is entirely electronic, and is accessible at the personal profile page. The application consists of filling up a form, and uploading the following documents:

  1. Personal information form
  2. Academic & Employment information form
  3. Fellowship form
  4. Upload documents:
    1. Scanned copy of valid passport
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Scanned copy of official academic degree
    4. Scanned copy of academic transcript
    5. Motivation letter
    6. 2 reference letters
    7. Scanned copy of master degree (optional if the candidate can access the PhD in his/her country without a master)
    8. Description of master project (optional, if the candidate uploaded the master degree)

Please remember that candidates MUST comply with the elegibility conditions in order to apply.

While a certificate of English level is not mandatory, remember that the interviews will be held in English, so the candidates must have a good grasp of the English language.

For more information please visit the official website.