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How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the form below on this page.

In exceptional cases and only if agreed upon beforehand with the project manager, applications (e.g. from researchers at risk) may be submitted via post. It must be postmarked before or on the date of the deadline.

Only applications submitted until 19th August 2019, 17.00 (Brussels time) will be accepted for the evaluation process.

Candidates may apply for up to three positions but have to clearly indicate their priority (see the CV template and guide for applicants). We encourage you to contact your potential supervisors for more information about the topics before preparing an application.

All documents have to be submitted as a single PDF file. Please put your name in the file name.

A complete application must consist of:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Ethics self-assessment

Letters of recommendation are not required. One letter of recommendation may be optionally added to the application file.

For further information regarding the motivation letter, see the guide for applicants. There is a template for the CV as well as a template for the ethics self-assessment. Please see the guidelines for more information on how to fill the ethics self-assessment.


In Australia students have a 3 year bachelor degree + 1 year honours degree (incl. 6 month research project). This qualifies them for a PhD. Can you confirm that the honours degree will be treated as equivalent to a master and that these students are eligible?

ESRs shall, at the time 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 or 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. Part-time research experience will be counted pro-rata.

I would like to know about the funding options for the programme, in particular the monthly/yearly scholarships/stipends rates that are available to the researchers?

The QUSTEC programme aims to combine the advantages of 3 different countries, 4 different academic institutions and 1 leading industrial partner to give the best working conditions and support possible to an ESR in terms of scientific and intersectoral added value and training.

QUSTEC researchers will obtain a 4-year full time equivalent working contract allowing them to dedicate 100% of their research and training.

ESRs will have a working contract with full social benefits and attractive conditions with one of the academic partner institutions within the EGTC Eucor and/or the industry partner. ESRs will receive competitive salaries with respect to regional living costs in each of the participating countries, adapted to each country’s salary levels. This is why the living allowance (that will be taxed according to country regulations) varies from country to country:

  • University of Strasbourg: 2.935 euros
  • University of Basel: 4.182 euros
  • IBM Research: 5.182 euros (Zurich has significantly higher costs than Basel)
  • KIT: 3.500 euros
  • University of Freiburg: 3.500 euros

There are also additional benefits for researchers with children, on average 200€ per child (depending on the number of children and salary).

Is there some centralised application platform where I may send in my documents?

Once you have decided to apply to the programme, all applications must be sent through the online application form below (www.eucor-uni.org/en/qustec/application-information/apply/).

I would like to know more about the groups involved and topics offered. Should I write to individual professors?

The specific information concerning the groups and topics concerned by the call is available on the QUSTEC webpages:
On these pages you will find a pdf document for each topic and contact details for the supervisors. If you wish more information, please contact the supervisors directly.

I am currently at a University in Germany, France or Switzerland, am I eligible for the QUSTEC programme?

One of the eligibility conditions is that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of QUSTEC, meaning during the period 20th August 2016 to 19th August 2019. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

However, if you are a German resident for more than 12 months you are eligible for the positions in France and Switzerland. Likewise, if you are French resident you are eligible for the positions in Germany and Switzerland, and if you are Swiss resident then you are eligible for the positions in France and Germany.

For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation.

Can I upload my CV in my own format or should I use the template provided?

Candidates are free to use the CV template provided or their own version as long as they take into account the conditions written in the guide for applicants:

  • CV (Degree and skills count for 50%; working experience for 20%)
    Please do not write more than 4 pages. Excess pages will be disregarded.
    Use Arial 11 pt as font and respect the page margins of the template.

For more information see the guide for applicants.

Application form

Fill out your application for the QUSTEC PhD programme: