Below you will find answers to the most common questions we were asked about the programme. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact the MFP management team at mfp.cofund(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat.
Would you like to participate in an online session with the Project Manager in order to clarify some of the doubts you might have?
If yes, please send us an email, including your questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org (please state in the Subject of the email: Online Session) and we will contact you as soon as the session is scheduled.
How do I apply ?
Applications need to be presented only through the online submission platform. Please use the online submission form provided here.
Is it possible to update my application after the call deadline (for ex. updating the CV)?
No, modifications of the uploaded documents will not be accepted after the call deadline.
I had a technical problem when uploading the required documents, who can I contact?
For any issues with the application you can always contact us at email@example.com
How many MFP fellowships are available?
We offer a total of 50 PhD positions divided in two calls. In this call, up to 31 fellowships are available.
Can I apply for a part-time position?
No, all PhD positions are full-time.
Do I need a master degree in order to apply for a position ?
Depends. If your institution allows you to embark on a PhD with just the graduate degree, it would be possible to do it at URV too. In this case, we will need an official letter from your institution stating that no master degree is needed for a PhD there.
If you need a master degree at your institution, then you will need one at URV as well.
For any other particular cases, please browse the information provided here.
Can I apply for a MFP fellowship if I am in my final year of studies in a country outside of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)?
Yes, in this case, you should present the degree certificate and academic record of the entrance qualification for the doctoral studies.
I plan to finish my master degree in September 2020. Can I still apply for a MFP position?
Yes. The master degree is only required at the time of enrollment at URV. As such, you can still apply for a MFP fellowship before the deadline for submissions.
Do I need to register to the PhD program at URV, before submitting my application to the MFP?
No, this is not a necessary/required step prior to the submission.
Can I apply if I already have a PhD?
No. The Martí i Franquès COFUND Doctoral Programme is specifically designed for Early Stage Researchers, which means that the candidate has to be in their first 4 years of research experience and not hold a PhD degree.
Can I apply for multiple research projects?
No, you can only apply for one research project.
I have already applied for a position during previous calls. Can I apply again?
If you applied during the previous calls, but your application was not selected, we encourage you to apply again. Consider whether you would be an excellent fit based on your background and the project you want to apply for. Update your motivation letter and CV and check if you are still eligible here.
Which nationalities are eligible for the fellowship?
All nationalities are eligible but at the time of application, you may not have resided or carried out your main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals.
Is there an age limit when applying for the fellowship?
No, but you need to comply with the ESR rule, which states that you must be in the first 4 years of your research career.
Can I apply if I have lived or worked in Spain previously?
You must comply with the MSCA Mobility Rule, which in this case states that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to the call deadline.
Is the MFP fellowship compatible with other incomes?
No, the fellow must work exclusively on their research project and cannot receive other incomes than those received from the beneficiary, through the MFP fellowship.
Are there any measures implemented to support the application of researchers from conflict-affected regions?
In line with the commitment of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) of the EU Horizon 2020 programme to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to displaced researchers the following measure will apply:
- for refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as 'period of residence/activity in Spain when assessing whether the candidate has spent more than 12 months in Spain in the last 3 years prior to the call deadline.
If you are a displaced researcher, please explain your situation in the CV. Recruitment at URV is open, transparent and merit based, so you will compete for employment on the same basis as all other applicants.
Are there any measures implemented to support the employability of researchers from vulnerable/underrepresented groups?
URV is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workforce. URV is committed to offering an inclusive and diverse working environment that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, URV prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's gender, marital status disability, age, nationality, race, religion, etc.
As such, URV encourages applications from qualified women, minorities and researchers with disabilities.
The following measures apply for the MFP COFUND calls:
- one position in each call is reserved for a researcher with disabilities.
- women applicants with identical suitability as men applicants will be selected preferentially, in the research areas where women are underrepresented (the same applies for men applicants in the research areas where they are underrepresented).
Will I get support with administrative procedures if I am one of the successful candidates?
Yes, you will receive support from URV's Human Resources Unit. Also, you will have the full support of the International Center (I-Center), which will provide you with a welcoming package that includes information on the Tarragona area, access to a Housing Market, where locals rent apartments/rooms, a liaise with the Police Department in order to obtain the National Identity Document, visas, etc.
Where can I find practical information regarding living and working in Spain/Catalonia?
What languages do you speak in Spain/Catalonia?
The mandatory requirement for being a successful candidate is a very good command of just the English language. However, in Catalonia there are two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Although you do not need to be able to speak Spanish or Catalan to begin your fellowship, for your own interest, we strongly encourage you to learn at least one of these languages. Spanish and Catalan language classes are offered by URV free of cost for MFP fellows.
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