Eligibility Criteria

European Commissions Eligibility Criteria

Early Stage Researchers

must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation):

  1. not yet have been awarded the doctorate degree and
  2. be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This period is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would entitle them to embark on a doctorate, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Experienced Researchers

must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation):

  1. be in possession of a doctoral degree or
  2. have at least four years, but less than five years (full-time equivalent) research experience. This period is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would entitle them to embark on a doctorate, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Mobility rule

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


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