ESR eligibility conditions and responsabilities

See Research Framework to know about the 12 ESR (PhD) subjects and submit your application via ESR Application Submission.


Eligibility criteria

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) criteria for eligibility must be respected.

Early stage researchers (ESRs)

ESRs are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining their masters degree (or similar).


All nationalities can apply, but you can only apply to a project which is hosted in a country in which you did not reside or carry your main activity (such as work or study) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.

Employment conditions

The successful candidate will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receives a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.
For more information please visit the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks website.

ESRs Key Responsibilities

  • To manage and carry out their research projects within 36 months
  • To write a PhD dissertation
  • To participate in research and training activities within the INFRASTAR network
  • To write articles for scientific peer reviews
  • To participate in meetings of the different INFRASTAR consortium bodies
  • To disseminate their research in the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public engagement
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.1