INPhINIT - Doctoral Fellowship Programme

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INPhINIT is a new doctoral fellowship programme devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres in the areas of Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. INPhINIT is promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation with the aim of supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

INPhINIT recruits per call **57 Early-Stage Researchers of any nationality, **who enjoy a 3-year employment contract at the Research Centre of their choice among those selected and awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ("Severo Ochoa" centres of excellence and "Maria de Maeztu" units of excellence) and the Spanish Ministry of Health ("Carlos III centres of excellence"). In addition, researchers establish a personal career development plan including trasnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.

INPhINIT targets the most motivated PhD candidates by addressing the research areas in which Spain excels: Bio and Health Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These disciplines are directly related to the major societal challenges marked by the European Commission: health and ageing, food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, water research, secure energy, climate change, smart and green transport and environment. In order to give effective answers to these concerns, supporting young scientific talent has become essential to ensure the next generation of researchers.

The high-level research carried out in Spanish research labs, the international background and scientific excellence of their group leaders, a strong network of academic and industrial contacts as well as access to a wide assortment of scientific training activities and events, bring the opportunity to develop a top scientific career in Spain and boost the chances of obtaining an independent research position across the world.


  • At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:

    • To have completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.

    • To have completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.


    Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.


    Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).


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NPhINIT fellows enjoy a 3-year contract under the Spanish labour legislation in force, respecting health and safety, and social security provisions in a stimulating research training environment, with access to appropriate equipment, facilities and opportunities.

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