To qualify for a DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship opportunity, applicants must


    • Be an ‘Early-Stage Researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree). See Guidance from the EU for the definition of an early-stage researcher.


    • Not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline, 12th April 2019. Applicants will need to provide details of the periods spent in the UK in the past 3 years (between 12th April 2016 and 12th April 2019) as part of their application.


    • Not already be permanently employed by the entity where the DTA3/COFUND opportunity will take place.


    • Have a postgraduate master’s degree or a first/upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to the chosen research topic (see individual project details for more information as to which degrees are relevant, this is not an exhaustive list.)


    • Demonstrate English language competency, as specified by the respective university.


    • Successful candidates will be offered a contract of employment that will be conditional upon satisfactory references, the fulfilment of any conditions specified in the offer of a place on a PhD programme, and confirmation of the candidate’s right to work in the UK or ability to secure a valid visa, if required, from UK Visas and Immigration. Please note that as DTA3/COFUND PhD Fellows will be employees of the host university, a student visa (Tier 4) would NOT be counted as a valid visa.


For full details of requirements see the DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellowship job description and person specification.

All participating universities have a commitment to equality and diversity and welcome applications from under-represented groups. In addition, all participating universities are ‘Disability Confident’ or equivalent employers.

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