The ELLIS PhD & PostDoc program supports excellent PhDs & PostDocs in machine learning related areas across Europe by giving them access to leading European researchers as well as boot camps, summer schools and workshops of the ELLIS programs. ELLIS PhDs & PostDocs are supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar and one ELLIS member from different countries. They conduct cutting-edge curiosity-driven research in machine learning or a related research area and visit the exchange institution for an extended research stay (1 year). There are two ways to become an ELLIS PhD student or PostDoc:
- New PhD students may apply through the central ELLIS application portal (deadline once a year in December). During their application, applicants choose from a set of ELLIS research areas and ELLIS fellows/scholars they like to work with. Afterwards, the applicants will be matched to the most relevant ELLIS fellows/scholars for interviews. If an offer is made, an agreement is signed which specifies the main supervisor, the co-supervisor (from a different country), the funding, exchange and graduation plan.
- PhD students or PostDocs who already work with an ELLIS fellow/scholar and plan to visit an ELLIS fellow/scholar/member in another country for 1 year may apply to become an ELLIS PhD student or PostDoc by sending an email to email@example.com. In order to become an ELLIS PhD student or PostDoc, the student or PostDoc must have written at least one top-tier first author publication at one of the leading venues (NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, JMLR, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, IJCV, PAMI, RSS, CoRL, ACL, EMNLP, KDD, AAAI, IJCAI, SIGIR, WSDM, Web Conference). In addition, an endorsement letter from an ELLIS fellow who works in a country different than the country of the main supervisor or exchange partner is required. If all criteria are met, an agreement is signed which specifies the main supervisor, the co-supervisor (from a different country), the funding, exchange and graduation plan.
Currently, PostDocs are only recruited non-centrally (option 2).