Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must be eligible to enroll in the PhD programme of the host institution.
  • H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (that is 31/08/2018 to 01/09/2021). Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
  • H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria: Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).

Further requirements​

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary research and have strong analytical skills.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and a team player.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are expected to participate actively in international secondments to other organisations within the SOLiDi network and in outreach activities targeted at a broad audience.
  • For other selection criteria, please consult the recruiting institution.

Selection process


The closing date for applications is 7 April 2021. After the deadline for applications, the project supervisor and co-supervisor will draft a shortlist of 5 to 8 candidates. This shortlist will be discussed by representatives of all SOLiDi academic partner institutions. The shortlisted candidates will then be invited for interview. The ranked candidates will be discussed by representatives of all SOLiDi academic partner institutions, who will assess the gender and geographical balance of the selected candidates and the balance in disciplinary backgrounds across the network. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of May 2021.

Selection criteria

Recruitment of ESRs within SOLiDi is in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, providing the reference framework for the roles, rights, and obligations of both researchers and employers. These principles and requirements ensure that the selection procedures are open, transparent, impartial, internationally comparable, merit-based, and tailored to the type of positions advertised. In the selection process, the candidates are evaluated based on their scientific background and potential for research, and following gender equality and minority rights. The evaluation of the candidates complies with the Code of Conduct definition of merit. This means that merit is judged qualitatively and quantitatively, focusing not only on the researcher’s grades but also on a broader range of evaluation criteria, such as research background, knowledge transfer, interdisciplinary knowledge, soft skills, personality ethics, character, interests and enthusiasm about working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment, ability to collaborate in a diverse environment, future scientific plans, project/institution fit.

The overview of the individual ESR PhD positions can be found here.