Do I have to contact a group leader at IBEC to prepare my application?

Yes, you should contact a group leader at IBEC or an associated researcher (see list at Research groups) in order to prepare the project you wish to develop at IBEC.

Projects involving more than one research group are welcome, but a main supervisor at IBEC must be designated.


How many IBEC BEST Fellowships are available?

In total we offer 24 fellowships. In this call, up to 12 fellowships are available.


How many applications can be submitted?

Only one application can be submitted per call per person. It is possible to apply again in the next call after being rejected the first time.


Which nationalities are eligible for the fellowships?

All nationalities are eligible, but at the time of application you may not have resided or carried out your main activity in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the reference deadline for submission of proposals. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


Is there an age limit for applications?

No, there is no age limit, but the eligibility criteria have to be met.


Can I apply before finishing my PhD?

Yes, but you have to make sure you get your PhD before starting your contract at IBEC (from February 1st to April 30th 2017 for the first call).


Is it possible to update my application after the submission, e.g. if a paper has been accepted?

No, modifications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.


Which are the contractual conditions of employment?

Two year labour contract for the performance of a research project with a 32.572€ yearly gross salary with full security coverage. 23 working days of paid holidays and 9 leave days for personal matters yearly.
There is an additional family allowance for researchers with dependents. See Conditions of Employment for additional information.


Are there any measures to foster the successful integration of researchers affected by conflicts around the world?

In line with the commitment of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) of the EU Horizon 2020 programme to ensure that equal opportunities are provided to researchers whose scientific careers have been interrupted due to armed conflicts, the following measures will be implemented within the BEST programme:

  • Career breaks caused by forced displacements due to armed conflicts will be counted to extend the eligibility limit of 5 years after the award of the PhD degree.
  • For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity’ in Spain when assessing whether the candidate has spent more than 12 months in Spain prior to recruitment.
  • Specific topics related to social and professional resettlement of researchers affected by a conflicts will be included in the IBEC mentoring programme open to BEST fellows.

Will I get support with administrative affairs (visa, accommodation, etc) if my candidature is accepted?

Yes, you will receive support from IBEC’s HR unit.


How do I submit my application?

Visit the online application platform.


Who can I contact if I have any further questions?

bestprogramme@ibecbarcelona.eu