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Scholarship Details

CerealPath, being funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is in a position to support 15, full-time, fully-funded scholarships for our Early Stage Researchers. The scholarship is broken into three main categories: a monthly living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance. In addition to this, research, training and network costs are also covered.

Monthly Living Allowance

Monthly Living Allowance refers to the basic, gross amount for the benefit of the researcher to be paid to the researcher in monthly instalments. For Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions calls launched in 2014-2015, the amount for an Early Stage Researcher is € 3,110 per month for 36 months.

This amount is then adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher will be recruited. The final amount will not change in case of secondments to another beneficiary or partner organisation. The country correction coefficients for the countries involved in CerealPath are listed in the table below.

Country of HostCorrection CoefficientIndicative gross monthly salary
austrian flagAustria (AT)1.048€ 3,259.28
danish flagDenmark (DK)1.353€ 4,207.83
german flagGermany (DE)0.988€ 3,072.68
irish flagIreland (IE)1.135€ 3,529.85
swiss flagSwitzerland (CH)1.131€ 3517.41
uk flagUnited Kingdom (UK)1.203€ 3741.33

It is important to note that the monthly living allowance is a gross salary value. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. This monthly living allowance is also for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis.

In all cases, the hosts must ensure that the researcher is covered under the social security scheme which is applied to employed workers within the country of the beneficiary, or under a social security scheme providing at least sickness and maternity benefits in kind, invalidity and accidents at work and occupational diseases, and covering the researcher in every place of implementation of the ITN activities.

In the case of secondments to other beneficiaries or partner organisations, the social security provision should also cover the researchers during these periods.

Numbers and values on this page are taken from the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015.

Mobility Allowance

Mobility is a major component of the CerealPath training programme.

Under the scheme, all eligible researchers recruited to CerealPath are entitled to receive this allowance. It contributes to the expenses of the researcher caused by the mobility. The amount of the mobility allowance is specified as € 600 per month.

The mobility allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and shall be excluded from taxation, where this is in line with national legislation.

Family Allowance

A family allowance of € 500 per month will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not.

In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

The family status of a researcher will be determined at the time of their first recruitment in the project and will not evolve during the project lifetime.

The family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and shall be excluded from taxation, where this is in line with national legislation.

Research, Training and Network Costs

Research, Training and Network Costs are provided for at a rate of € 1,800 per person-month. These funds are managed by the host beneficiaries to contribute to expenses related to such things as: the participation of researchers in training activities; expenses related to research costs; execution of the project; contribution to the expenses related to the coordination between participants; costs for visiting researchers; tuition fees (where applicable).

Please note that where tuition fees are payable, these will normally be covered to the value of EU/EEA fees. Occasionally, fees for non-EU or non-EEA candidates will be higher and the additional liability, over and above the EU/EEA level will need to be covered by the candidate. If you have any questions in this regard, please do contact us.

While researchers will have access to these funds for operational purposes, it does not make up part of the strict scholarship award.

This page was last updated on 22nd October 2015