Application procedure

Applications will open in April 2024

Eligibility criteria

MLQ offers 10 positions for doctoral researchers under the following conditions:

• All researchers recruited in MLQ must be doctoral candidates (i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment).

• Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Researchers can be of any nationality.

• Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their date of recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

• For all recruitment, the eligibility of the researcher will be determined at the date of their first recruitment in the action. Date of Recruitment means the first day of the employment of the researcher for the purposes of the action (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract)

Conditions of employment

The chosen candidate will be employed for up to three years full-time, receiving a competitive financial package along with mobility and family allowances, as per the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network rules (see Information note for Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows in Doctoral Networks). A personalized career development plan, including training, secondments, and outreach activities, will be crafted for each fellow in collaboration with their supervisor. Successful candidates are required to finish their PhD thesis by the end of the third year of employment.

Key responsibilities

  • To manage and carry out their research projects within 36 months culminating in a PhD thesis
  • Working exclusively for the action, unless part-time work is allowed by the action and has been approved
  • To participate in research and training activities within the MLQ network
  • To disseminate their research in the scientific community (e.g. via international conferences) and non-scientific community (by outreach and public engagement activities) ensuring visibility of EU funding.

For more information on the salary conditions for the individual projects, please consult also the EURAXESS post under

How to apply

To learn more about each position see the Open Positions page. Each candidate can apply to up to three positions. Email your application to the principal investigator of each position, with in cc. Applications without the cc-email and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please ensure your application is in line with the eligibility rules before you apply.

Your application should include following documents in English in pdf format:

  • CV (up to 3 pages)
  • Motivation letter (1 page)
  • At least one reference letter (1 page, from a previous supervisor or similar, sent directly to the project PI)
  • A document indicating your 3 preferred positions (1 page, you can use this template: template_application_info.pdf)

Recruitment procedure

Following an initial eligibility check, the selection process will weigh academic and research excellence, as well as the alignment between the fellow and the position. In cases of equal qualifications, priority will be given to female applicants and individuals from underrepresented groups. The ranking will be followed by face-to-face interviews via video conferencing. Decision outcomes will be communicated to all applicants by email.

Selection criteria: Curriculum Vitae, including marks of their BSc and (if it is the case) MSc (35%); Background in the concepts and methods of the project (35%); Declaration of interest and reference letters (15%); Other merits (15%). In case of equal qualifications preference will be given to female candidates and to those of underrepresented groups and less favored countries