THE CANDIDATES FOR THE FELLOWSHIPS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS AT THE DATE OF THE CALL DEADLINE:
BE EXPERIENCED RESEARCHERS (ERs)
It is mandatory to hold a Doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. No age and nationality restrictions will be applied.
USAL4EXCELLENCE welcomes applicants from any nationalities but they may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.
All applicants must be proficient in English. Thus, they may upload a certificate of proficiency in English (minimum C1 level as measured by CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or, alternatively, they will have to demonstrate (only the 40 highest ranked candidates) their command over the English language through an English language proficiency test (which is not an official certificate) run by USAL Language Centre. Although candidates may opt for this second option, all selected applicants will be highly encouraged by USAL4EXCELLENCE Management Team to have available an official english certificate (minimum C1 level) before signing the contract.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE:
The effective elapsed time since candidates were awarded their first PhD will be reduced in properly documented circumstances. The criteria will be based on those set out for the MSCA projects, these include (but are not limited to): parental and adoption leaves, long term illness, clinical treatment, inactivity in research or displacement because of conflict.
For refugee researchers there will be special conditions: the mobility rule will apply to them only from the moment in time when the refugee status has been obtained, there will be more flexibility in post-doctoral experience requirements as it is done for career breaks due to parental leave, military service, etc.