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Application Details

Applications for CerealPath Early Stage Researcher positions should be made using the appropriate application channel. Each Programme Beneficiary is responsible for the selection and employment of Early Stage Researchers.

Applications documents

All applications should be submitted in line with the specific instructions associated with each of the Early Stage Researcher Opportunities. For each opportunity, there is a blue "Apply for this position" button which will give more details about the specific application process. Please only use these channels for applications. Applications made in any other way cannot be accepted.

While each host will have slightly different requirements regarding the documents needed for an application, some general rules will apply.

Each prospective applicant will have to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.

These criteria stipulate that you must be within 4 years "full-time research equivalent" of the award of the degree that would allow you to enter into doctoral studies in the county of the host. Equally, you may not have been resident in that country for more than 12 months out of the past 36 months.

In both cases, the timings are based against the CerealPath Reference Date.

The required will generally include (but are not limited to):

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • A complete letter of motivation
  • A list of publications
  • Details of your qualifications in English (if you are not a native speaker)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Appropriate references

As part of your comprehensive curriculum vitae and/or your letter of motivation, you should include as much detail as possible about your research activity to date, including locations and dates. This is very important as this information will be used to verify your eligibility as an Early Stage Researcher.

You should note that some or all of this information, along with any other locally-specific information may be asked for immediately or at a later stage, if you are shortlisted. Please do pay attention to any specific documentation requests listed against individual projects and make sure you include of the required documentation. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Contact with supervisors

Although not essential, we would strongly recommend that you contact the principal supervisor for each project you apply for in advance of making you application.

The name of the principal supervisor is listed on each project descriptor and all relevant contact details are listed on the Research Supervisors page.

In so doing, you can informally discuss the project and your suitability to complete doctoral studies.

CerealPath Reference Date

The CerealPath Reference date has been set as 31 December 2015. It is expected that all early Stage Researchers will begin their contract on or shortly after 01 January 2016.

It should be noted that in some instances, there may be a discrepancy between the contract start and end dates and the start and end dates for student registration for doctoral studies. You will be able to discuss this with your supervisor.

Other considerations

Although each Early Stage Researcher will be offered a contract of employment by a beneficiary, they will equally be registered as a doctoral candidate at a suitable educational institution. Details of this registration is given with each project descriptor in the Early Stage Researcher Opportunities section of the site.

Potential candidates should consider looking at the details regarding registration as a doctoral candidate at each of the appropriate educational institutions. These too are listed in the Early Stage Researcher Opportunities section.

Please take a few moments to look at the scholarship details page. This explains in more detail what is covered by the scholarship and, often more importantly, what is not. Non-EU and non-EEA candidates should pay particular attention to the issues surrounding fees. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

For non-EEA candidates, it may be necessary to apply for work permits and/or visas. Details pertaining to permit and visa requirements, along with information about mobility in and to Europe can be found on the European Commission's Euraxess site.

This page was last updated on 13th October 2015