PhD Application System

Personal Information

ESR Project Choice (up to 5)

Please choose your preferred project
Please choose your second preference.
Please choose your third preference.
Please choose your fourth preference.
Please choose your fifth preference.

Academic Qualifications

Undergraduate Qualifications

Postgraduate Qualifications

Language Proficiency

Depending on the recruiting university a certificate of English proficiency may be requested at a later stage.

Application Documents Upload

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Upload your final transcripts (Bachelors and Master's) covering the full period of the degrees. If you are in your final year and have not yet graduated, upload the transcripts to date. Once your final transcript is issued, you will be required to submit it to the Program Office of the ENGAGE project. Transcripts must be in English: either issued in English by the Higher Education Institution or if the Higher Education Institution cannot issue a transcript in English then you must provide a duly certified official translation in English.
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Applicants should submit a personal statement (< 1500 words). The personal statement should describe the applicant’s background and recent/current academic work and future research plans in relation to the ENGAGE project's research activities and the project topic(s) to which the candidate is applying. The statement should point to the educational, research and personal experiences that shaped the student’s interest in the proposed project topic(s). It should outline the research area that the applicant is interested in, and the intended research topics to be investigated. It should concisely mention examples of the applicant’s work that illustrate the potential to meet the expectations of the ENGAGE doctoral programme. The statement must be written in English.
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Applicants are required to upload a CV.



Applicants must provide two recommendations. Recommendations should be provided by professors, supervisors, employers or others able to comment on your educational and professional goals and potential. Recommendations should specifically address your ability to succeed in your selected project topic(s) and discuss any experience that may have prepared you to succeed in the program. Please note that the referees will be informed that their information has been provided to the Program Office of the ENGAGE project and an email requesting their recommendation letter will be sent automatically with your submission.

Referee 1

Referee 2

MSCA Eligibility and Mobility Rules

Excerpt from the Guide for Applicants for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions:

  • Eligibility: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Date of Recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).

Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

  • Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. As far as international European interest organisations or international organisations are concerned, this rule does not apply to the hosting of eligible researchers. However, the appointed researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment at the host organisation.

For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.

Nationals of or residents in some countries, and for particular scientific fields, against which are EU restrictive measures are in place, may be subject to EU sanctions.

The eligibility of ESRs will be determined at the time of their first recruitment in the project (see order of employment organisations for each project).