The ERCIM PhD Fellowship Programme has been established as one of the premier activities of ERCIM. The programme is open to young researchers from all over the world. It focuses on a broad range of fields in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.

The fellowship scheme also helps young scientists to improve their knowledge of European research structures and networks and to gain more insight into the working conditions of leading European research institutions.

The fellowships are of 12 months duration (with a possible extension), spent in one of the ERCIM member institutes. Fellows can apply for second year in a different institute.


Candidates must:

  • have obtained a PhD degree during the last eight years (prior to the year of the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record;
  • be fluent in English;
  • have completed their PhD before starting the grant;
  • submit the following required documents: cv, list of publications, two scientific papers in English, contact details of two referees.

The fellows are appointed either by a stipend (an agreement for a research training programme) or a working contract. The type of contract and the monthly allowance/salary depends on the hosting institute.

Application deadlines
Deadlines for applications are currently 30 April and 30 September each year.

Since its inception in 1991, over 500 fellows have passed through the programme. In 2020, 22 young scientists commenced an fellowship and 77 fellows have been hosted during the year. Since 2005, the programme is named in honour of Alain Bensoussan, former president of Inria, one of the three ERCIM founding institutes.

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