Eligibility requirements

Eligibility rules

The DC positions are open to candidates of any nationality, provided they fulfil the strict eligibility requirements established for the enrollment through the Marie Sklodowska- Curie Action-Doctoral Network.

Each DC will be employed according to the financial and eligibility rules reported in the EU document accessible to the following…

In particular, at the time of recruitment applicants must fulfil the following rules:


Eligible applicants must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.

Doctoral candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree in at least one EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.


Eligible applicants must not have resided in the country where the research training activities will take place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country.

Additional eligibility criteria required by the ACINETWORK consortium

Admission to the programme is open to applicants who obtained  a 2nd Level Master’s Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a bachelor’s degree) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS) or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification), as required by the partner universities for admission to doctoral studies.

Equal opportunities policy without distinction on the grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation will be applied.

Assessment criteria

Selection of the DCs will be solely based on merits providing equal opportunity and in agreement with the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

educational record

scientific quality of the applicant’s CV

expected individual impact and benefit to the fellow and to the project

ability to collaborate and communicate

previous experience in the subject of ACINETWORK research programme

The selection process will take place in two steps. The first step will be based on the assessment of the documents submitted with the application. Then shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with supervisor / co-supervisor from the network (online). Good level of English proficiency (understood, spoken and written) will be considered. Candidates will be notified of the outcome.