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El economista Joan Martínez Alier del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), es uno los galardonados con el Premio Balzan 2020 en la categoría de "Retos ambientales: Respuestas de las Ciencias Sociales y las Humanidades".

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Grants and Job Opportunities

ICTA-UAB participates in INPhINIT "la Caixa" Fellowship Programme

INPhINIT "la Caixa" Fellowship Programme at ICTA-UAB

INPhINIT is a new doctoral fellowship programme devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres in the areas of Bio and Health Sciences, Physics, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

INPhINIT is promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation with the aim of supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

INPhINIT Incoming recruits 35 PhD Early-stage researchers of any nationality to carry out their PhD projects in accredited centres with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institutes Carlos III and Portuguese research units accredited as "excellent" or "exceptional" according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia. In addition, researchers establish a personal career development plan including trasnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility opportunities, and attend a full range of complementary training courses and workshops.


INPhINIT Incoming is focused exclusively on STEM disciplines: life sciences and health, experimental sciences, physical and mathematics.


"la Caixa" Foundation will select international candidates. Subsequently, the selected candidates, will propose the Research Centre and the predoctoral position in which he/she would like to do the research project. If there is agreement between the Centre, the supervisor (predoctoral researcher who presented the position) and the candidate, the fellowship will be awarded to the candidate.


Dowload complete information about the programme here



The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was accredited as María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence 2015 (MDM-2015-0552) by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The award is the highest institutional recognition of scientific research in Spain. This programme, which aims to recognise excellence in stable research centres and includes a grant of 2 million Euros over four years, confirms ICTA-UAB as a leading research institute focused on environmental science and global change.
ICTA-UAB is implementing a Strategic Research Programme (2016-2019) intended to consolidate its scientific capabilities, contribute to the leadership of Spanish research and act as an international pole of attraction for talent. The plan addresses major global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate change, focusing on establishing the current state of knowledge on climate change and its socio-economic impacts, and on putting forward transformative solutions at the local and regional levels. ICTA researchers follow a trans-disciplinary approach that ranges from the natural sciences to engineering and social sciences.



“la Caixa” is a non-profit entity whose activity in education is based on the principle of promoting equal access of citizens to quality qualifications and specializations at national and international levels.

Over the years, thousands of students have advanced their training thanks to a ”la Caixa” Foundation fellowship, enabling them to undertake postgraduate studies in Spain and abroad.

Elegibility criteria and call rules

The INPhINIT programme will be open to Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) of all nationalities. In order to be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria (in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie eligibility conditions):

  • 1. At the call deadline, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • 2. At the time of recruitment, candidates must comply with one of the following options:
    To have completed the studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree awarding 300 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits must correspond to master level.
    To have completed a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area that gives access to doctoral studies. The verification of an equivalent level of studies to the ones mentioned above will be made by the university when the admission procedure starts.

  • 3. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.

  • 4. Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).

  • 5. Only candidates whose submitted application fulfil all the requirements will be eligible.

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you’d like to discuss regarding your potential PhD project, please contact pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat

For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the INPhINIT programme website


Evaluation criteria

INPhINIT aims to recruit excellent Early-Stage Researchers with very solid theoretical backgrounds, with curiosity and ambition; with incipient skills to express themselves clearly and defend their ideas with creativity, independence and originality. Researchers may be focused on the academic side or be more industry-oriented. The evaluation criteria and scores defined to achieve this goal are:

    PHASE 1 - REMOTE EVALUATION:

  1. Qualifications and Curriculum Vitae (weight 50%): academic and/or professional curriculum in relation to the stage of the candidate’s career;

  2. Motivation and statement of purpose (weight 30%): the originality, innovation and potential impact of the proposed statement of purpose, and the choice of the Research Centre and/or research line will be assessed;

  3. Letters of reference (weight 20%): reference letters supporting the candidacy will be assessed taking into account the specificity of the content with regard to the candidate as well as the profile of the people who sign them.

  4. PHASE 2 - FACE-TO-FACE SELECTION:

  5. Candidate’s potential (weight 40%): in order to have a general perception of the candidate’s potential, experts will pay attention to “soft” skills, ability to present easily a complex reasoning, team working; and capabilities such as independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship, leadership, among others.

  6. Motivation and statement of purpose (weight 30%): experts will assess the impact of the statement of purpose for the candidate and the society; innovation, originality and feasibility; and candidate’s capabilities with regard to the scope of the statement of purpose.

  7. Academic and professional background (weight 30%): experts will assess the consistency of the candidate’s academic background and CV in the area chosen to carry out the PhD.

Depending on the number of eligible applications, during this stage, selection may be based on the final mark obtained for the bachelor's studies.

Useful dates

No applications nor additional documentation can be submitted after the deadlines set in the call rules.

  • 4 February 2020
    Deadline for submitting applications.
  • 18 February 2020
    Deadline for submitting the language certificate.
  • 16 April 2020
    Notification of the shortlist results.
  • 27 and 28 May 2020
    Face-to-face interviews in Barcelona.
  • 2 June 2020
    Publication of the final list of selected candidates.
  • From 2 to 30 June 2020
    Matching research centre – fellow.

How to apply

If you want to apply for an INPhINIT fellowship, click on the link below to create your personal account and fill in the on-line application form.

Website for "la Caixa" fellowships applications

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