There are two tracks within the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program: the academic track and the industry track. These tracks have separate requirements for admission and criteria for activity during the appointment, but otherwise offer the same benefits, network and resources to the applicant.
PhD students and postdocs in the academic track strive for international collaboration as they partner with two European academic institutions in their research. These candidates are supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar or unit faculty and one ELLIS fellow/scholar/member from different European countries, and they visit the exchange institution for min. 6 months (the partitioning of this time is flexible). Normally, the exchange is partially sponsored by the exchange institution. There are two ways to become an ELLIS PhD Student or Postdoc (see below):
- via our central application process (if you want to start a PhD with one of the ELLIS fellows/scholars);
- via a nomination process (if you’re already working with one of the ELLIS fellows/scholars as a PhD or postdoc).
The industry track is open to PhD and postdoc candidates that will be part of a collaboration between an academic institution and an industry partner, and will spend time conducting research at the industry partner during their PhD or postdoc. The candidate will spend a minimum of 50% of their time at the academic institution, and at least 6 months (cumulative) with the industry partner.
For this track, both advisors may be located in the same country. One advisor will represent the academic institution and the other the industry partner. Both the academic and industry advisor must be ELLIS members and at least one of them a fellow or scholar. Currently, the industry track is only open to applicants through nomination by an ELLIS fellow or scholar (see point 2 below).
How to join ELLIS as a PhD or postdoc
1. Central application
Prospective students may apply through the central ELLIS application portal to become a PhD student within the ELLIS network (deadline once a year in December). During their application, applicants choose from a set of ELLIS research areas and indicate preferences for ELLIS fellows/scholars or unit faculty they would like to work with. Afterwards, the applicants will be matched to the most relevant advisors for interviews. If an offer is made, an agreement is signed which specifies the main supervisor, the co-supervisor (from a different European country), the funding as well as the exchange and graduation plan. Students will be funded through the advisor’s resources and get their degree from the home institution. Please read our FAQs for more information.
Currently, the central application process is only for prospective PhD students. Postdocs are only recruited non-centrally via the nomination process described in 2.
The next chance for new students to apply via the central recruiting is in fall 2021 (application deadline December 1st, 2021). The results of the 2020 call are available here. Nomination to the program (for students who already started their PhD with ELLIS faculty) is possible year-round (see 2).
ELLIS fellows, scholars or unit faculty may nominate PhD students or postdocs who are working with them to become ELLIS PhD students or postdocs in the academic or industry track. Note that postdocs of either track and PhD industry track candidates are currently only recruited via nomination. Please see this page for more details about the requirements and the nomination process.
Click here to download a slide deck with more details about the ELLIS PhD and Postdoc Program, or watch our video of the 2020 central call for applications.