Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Eligibility criteria* for early-stage researchers and experienced researchers (for EC awards)

(See below for definitions of terms in italics)

To be eligible, each researcher must simultaneously fulfil the following experience and mobility criteria at the time of appointment to the network.


Early-stage researchers (ESRs) must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the qualification date.

Experienced researchers (ERs) must either 1) be already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it, or 2) have at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after the qualification date. In both cases they must be within the first 5 years of their research careers.


  1. Researchers must not be a national of the State in which their host is located. As an exception to this general rule, you can be appointed by a host in the country of your nationality if you can provide evidence testifying that you have legally resided, and have had your main activity, in a non-Associated third country for at least 3 of the 4 years immediately prior to your appointment to the network. A second exception is that if you hold more than one nationality, then you can be appointed by a host in the country of your nationality if you have not resided in that country during the previous 5 years.
  2. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity in the country of your host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the time of appointment, regardless of your nationality. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


Associated third country: see, section "Eligible countries"

Host: organisation appointing you to the network

Qualification date: award of qualification formally allowing you to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the award was obtained or in the country of appointment in the training network

Researcher: an early-stage researcher or experienced researcher