Undergraduate Fellowships

JAE Intro:

  • Description: The JAE Intro programme offers grants at CSIC centres (CSIC-owned, mixed or partner units) aimed at university students interested in starting a research career. This scholarship programme provides an approach to a research career to those students who want to take their first steps in research. JAE Intro grants present the opportunity of enjoying the possibilities offered by CSIC Centres and Institutes in their different scientific areas and, at the same time, they provide an introduction to cutting-edge knowledge of scientific topics and scientific praxis.
  • Duration: Up to 7 months.
  • Eligibiligy: Bachelor and master students at Spanish universities..
  • Deadline: Spring.

Visiting Students and Scientists Grants


  • Description: Available to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral students.
  • Duration: Minimum of 2 months and maximum of 12 months.
  • Deadline: None

EMBO Scientific Exchange Grants

  • Description: EMBO Scientific Exchange Grants are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States, Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners. The grants are not awarded for exchanges between two laboratories within the same country.
  • Duration: One week (seven days) up to three months (90 days).
  • Eligibiligy: Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience at the PhD student level, or equivalent at the time of application.
  • Deadline: None

Doctoral Fellowships

Joan Oró Grant

  • Description: Grant for public and private universities of the Catalan university system, research centres, hospital foundations and Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) to hire research staff in training.
  • Duration: 3 Years.
  • Eligibiligy: Joan Oró Grant Eligibility.
  • Deadline: Fall.


  • Description: Granting of Aid for predoctoral contracts for the completion of doctoral theses, in Spanish Universities.
  • Duration: 4 Years.
  • Eligibiligy: [Joan Oró Grant Eligibility](Explanatory videos about FPU aid and the requirements to request it).
  • Deadline: Spring.

Ramon Areces Grant

  • Description: The Ramón Areces Foundation has as its fundamental objective the promotion of scientific and technical research of excellence in Spain through research grants, the training of young researchers, as well as the dissemination, promotion and the development of education and scientific culture in general. In compliance with these objectives, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation wishes to collaborate in the training of people who wish to begin scientific research, financing contracts for the completion of doctoral theses in doctoral programs at universities and other Spanish research centers.
  • Duration: 3 Years.
  • Eligibiligy: Ramon Areces Grant Eligibility (in Spanish)
  • Deadline: Fall.

La Caixa InPhinit Retaining Call

  • Description: ”la Caixa” Foundation grants 30 fellowships for researchers of any nationality who wish to pursue a doctorate in any discipline at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.
  • Duration: 3 Years.
  • Eligibiligy: Candidates must be in the first four years of their research career and have not previously been awarded a PhD or be in a position to apply for one. At the time of recruitment, candidates must have completed studies that allow them to enrol in an official doctoral programme in Spain/Portugal. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain/Portugal for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call.
  • Deadline: Spring.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Beatriu de Pinòs Programme

  • Description: The Beatriu de Pinós programme (posdocBP) focuses on the attraction of post-doctoral research talent. The programme, funded by the General Directorate for Research in the Government of Catalonia, was launched in 2005. The goal of the calls in the Beatriu de Pinós programme is to provide individual funding support for the recruitment and incorporation of post-doctoral researchers in the Catalan system of science and technology. Researchers are allowed to freely choose their own research project in any field.
  • Duration: 3 Years.
  • Eligibiligy: Candidates must have before joining the host institution at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience outside Spain. Candidates must have lived or worked outside Spain at least 2 years during the 3 years previous to the corresponding call deadline.
  • Deadline: Mid March.

Juan de la Cierva

  • Description: The Juan de la Cierva Fellowships aim to encourage the recruiting of young doctors for a period of two years in order to complete their postdoctoral research training in Spanish R&D centres other than those in which they completed their pre-doctoral education.
  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Eligibiligy: Candidates must meet the requirements of being doctors and having obtained a doctorate between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020 unless they prove a cause of interruption in accordance with the call.
  • Deadline: Mid January.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

  • Description: Individual Fellowships (IF) are a great option if you are an experienced researcher looking to give your career a boost by working abroad. They offer exciting new learning opportunities and a chance to add some sparkle to your CV.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years.
  • Eligibiligy: Fund positions for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  • Deadline: Early September.

EMBO Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Description: The EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded for a period of up to two years and support excellent postdoctoral researchers in laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key requirement.
  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Eligibiligy: EMBO PDF Guidelines.
  • Deadline: No deadline.

HFSP Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Description: Applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.
  • Duration: 3 years.
  • Eligibility: HFSP PDF Eligibility.
  • Deadline: Second half of August.

HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Description: Applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering or computer sciences).
  • Duration: 3 years.
  • Eligibility: HFSP PDF Eligibility.
  • Deadline: Second half of August.

la Caixa Junior Leader Retaining

  • Description: ”la Caixa” Foundation grants 15 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of any nationality to carry out a research project in a STEM discipline at any university or research centre in Spain or Portugal.
  • Duration: 3 years.
  • Eligibility: PhD between two and seven years prior to the closing date of the call. Candidates must have carried out research stays at a centre or university outside Spain (or outside Portugal for those joining a Portuguese centre), during their doctoral or postdoctoral studies, for a total of at least 6 months before the closing date of the call. Candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call.
  • Deadline: Fall.

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Japan - 🇯🇵 Canon Foundation Research Fellowships

  • Description: Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe. Japanese Canon Fellows are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution
  • Duration: 3 months to 1 year.
  • Eligibility: Only Japanese researchers are eligible to do their research in Europe. Applicants should have obtained at least a Master’s or PhD degree within the last ten years of applying to the Canon Foundation. We will also consider candidates who obtained their qualification more than ten years ago as long as they provide further supporting information in their application.
  • Deadline: September.

Sweden - 🇸🇪 Swedish Research Council International postdoc within natural and engineering sciences

  • Description: The purpose of the grant is to give newly qualified researchers with a doctoral degree from a Swedish university the opportunity to expand their networks and their competences by working abroad under secure employment conditions. The grant is also intended to promote the quality and renewal of Swedish research.
  • Duration: 18 months to three years.
  • Eligibility: Individual researcher who completed a doctoral degree no more than 2 years ago, or who will have completed a doctoral degree before the start of the grant period.
  • Deadline: February (spring call) or September (fall call).