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The call is closed.

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 September 30th 2020, 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). It is required that each applicant contacts the PhD supervisor(s) prior to the submission of the application file (please add qustec@eucor-uni.org in copy of the first contact message).

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:

Submission of the letter of motivation is obligatory, and applications lacking the motivation letter will not be considered.

Letters of recommendation are not required; however, the references shall be included in the CV (cf. template). One recommendation letter may be optionally added to the application file.

It is also recommended to submit the copy of the most recent diploma. The essential information on your education (e.g. the grades, the name of the institution that awarded a degree) should be obligatory added to the CV. If you have not been awarded a master’s degree yet, please indicate the expected date of graduation (it should be preferably before Autumn 2020).

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. A signed copy of the eligibility self-declaration shall compulsorily be added to the application file.

For more information regarding the processing of your personal data, see the general data protection summary of the QUSTEC programme.


Under which type of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions is the QUSTEC programme funded?

The QUSTEC doctoral training programme is funded under the COFUND call (“Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes”). This funding scheme provides organisations with additional financial support for their own researcher training and career development programmes.

Participating organisations receive a fixed amount for each supported researcher, as a contribution to their living allowance and for the programme’s management costs.

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How to verify if my application is eligible?

The eligibility criteria of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are applicable to the QUSTEC programme.

First criterion is an Early-Stage Researcher status. The candidate shall, at the time of the respective call deadline, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) 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.

The second eligibility criterion is the international mobility. The applicants must not have resided or carried out their 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 respective call deadline. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 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.

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?

The applicant shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, hold the Master of Science diploma or equivalent, which would allow him/her to join a doctoral programme. In case of doubt, please verify the eligibility of your diploma with the respective authority in the country of your future host organisation: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/education/university/recognition/index_en.htm

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

The QUSTEC programme aims to combine the advantages of three different countries, four different academic institutions and one leading industrial partner to offer the best working conditions and support to ESRs in terms of scientific and intersectoral training.

QUSTEC researchers will obtain a 4-year full time equivalent contract allowing them to dedicate 100% of their working time to 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 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 (subject to all applicable taxes according to national 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

Additionally, eligible researchers will receive 240 euro/month of family allowance (also subject to taxation; eligibility is verified according to MSCA Work Programme 2018-2020 at the time of recruitment).

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

Once you have decided to apply to the programme, all applications documents 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 research groups involved in the programme and topics offered. Should I contact the PhD supervisor(s) prior to application?

The specific information concerning the groups and topics concerned by the call is available on the QUSTEC webpages:
There you will find pdf documents with a detailed description for each PhD project topic and contact details for the supervisors. If you wish more information, please contact the supervisors directly. It is strongly recommended to contact the relevant PhD supervisor(s) prior to application.

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:

The application deadline is now over. For any questions, write us at qustec@eucor-uni.org.

Thank you!