Research Training Grant -- criteria
Criteria for eligibility in the
Community Research Training Grants scheme
Fourth Framework Programme
of the European Union contain the following points.
Who can participate?
Researchers must be either nationals of a Member State or of an
Associated State. Host institutes must be legal entities, established
in the Community or in an Associated State, which have their own
research capabilities, such as national, community, international
or intergovernmental research centres, universities or industrial
enterprises. However, either the researcher of the host institute
mist be from a Member State: projects where both researcher and host
institute are from Associated States are not eligible.
The Research Traing Grant Scheme is designed to promote the mobility
of researchers throughout the Community and the Associated States.
Therefore the host institute must not be situated in the applicant's
country of nationality. In addition applicants may not have carried
out their normal activity in the country of their host institute for
more than 18 months in the two years immediately prior to the
reference date (the date of publication of the relevant call for
proposals in the Official Journal of the European Communities).
As a general rule, the age limit for postdoctoral candidates
(category 30) is 35 years. Allowance will however be made for
military service and child care.
Qualification requirements and duration
Type of Category Researcher's qualification Duration in months
grant of grant min max
Training 20 university (or equivalent institution 6 36
of higher education) degree, allowing
holder to embark directly on
- a doctorate
- or equivalent degree
30 PhD (or equivalent level of education) 6 24
or 4 years' full time research
activities at post-graduate level
Established 40 8 years' full-time research experience 3 12
Researcher at post-graduate level
Return R Completion of a post-doctoral grant 6 12
For some programmes, the maximum duration may be less than those indicated
in this table.
Holders of previous EC fellowships/training grants
Holders of previous EC fellowships or training grants (awarded under any
specific programme) should note that the duration of fellowships or grants
of the same category already held will be substracted from the maximum
durations indicated in the table. Furthermore, researchers may not cumulate
fellowships or grants of category 20 and 30 for more that a total period of
The above text is taken from the Information Package of the
Fourth Framework Programme (1994-1998)
of the European Union regarding the
Research Traning Grants scheme.
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