You can develop your career through public funding linked to ERC projects, even if you do not receive an ERC Grant.

There are three routes for this:

  • Jobs in ERC teams: Recipients of ERC grants can use their funding to recruit other researchers and team members for their project. On average, each team has 4-5 members. Since its inception, ERC funding has helped create jobs for thousands of researchers.
  • Visiting Research Fellowships: A number of European countries fund research visits to established ERC projects in order to develop researchers’ potential before they apply for their first ERC grant.
  • International Arrangement funding: International agreements with funding agencies and science ministries in China, South Africa, the United States and some other countries support young researchers to temporarily join ERC teams in Europe. 

 

Jobs in ERC teams

 

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Conditions vary according to the position offered.

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Look for jobs on the EURAXESS portal, using the European Research Council (ERC) filter. Jobs in ERC-funded projects might also be published without the ERC tag and can be advertised on other websites and in journals.

If you find a job that interests you, apply to the Principal Investigator (PI) at the institution hosting the project — the Host Institution — using the contact details in the job advertisement.

If you need to relocate to another country to pursue your research career, your local or regional EURAXESS centre can also provide advice on matters such as visa formalities, work permits, accommodation and social security for countries in Europe.

Visiting Research Fellowships

General conditions

Visiting Research Fellowship placements are available via national or regional funding agencies. Funding covers all costs of the research visit including salary, travel and reasonable subsistence costs. However, you must apply for an ERC grant after the visit within a time specified in your funding agreement.

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Conditions vary according to each national or regional funding agency’s requirements and the positions available in ERC research teams.

Currently the following Visiting Research Fellowship programmes are in place:

National and/or regional authorities who want to set up a programme can consult the guidelines. New programmes are added to this scheme after endorsement by the ERC Scientific Council.

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Placements in ERC-funded projects are available following ERC calls for Principal Investigators (PIs) to express an interest in hosting visiting research fellows. The ERC then sends each funding agency a list of interested PIs or teams, with a description of their projects.

  • Find out whether you are eligible for one of the national funding programmes.
  • Apply directly to a funding agency for a programme for which you are eligible.
  • If you are accepted, the agency will tell you which placements are available.
  • You can then contact the PI offering a placement to express an interest in working in the research team.
  • When you and the PI have agreed on the details, the Host Institution will send a ‘letter of intent’ or ‘support letter’ on behalf of the PI to your funding agency to apply for funding
  • Your funding agency can then fund you to work on the project.

Send any general questions about the implementation of these programmes to erc-visiting-fellowship-programmes@ec.europa.eu. Send specific questions about how to apply or your application to your local funding agency.

The first call to PIs for expressions of interest was launched on 1 September 2016. Further calls are expected to take place every year in June.

International Arrangement funding

General conditions

International Arrangement funding is available via national funding agencies. These can be national funding bodies or science ministries.

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You can be of any age and work in any discipline as long as you are a non-European scientist, i.e. scientist who is not a national of an EU country.

Conditions vary according to funding agency’s requirements and the positions available in ERC research teams.

Currently the following Implementing Arrangements are in place: 

  • United States, signed in July 2012, with the National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Read more: agreement, press release
  • Korea, signed in November 2013, with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning
    Read more: agreementpress highlight
  • Argentina, signed in March 2015, with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
    Read more: agreement ES|ENpress highlight
    For the interested CONICET-funded scientists, see more here
  • Japan, signed in May 2015 with the Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 
    Read more: agreement ENpress release
    For the interested JSPS-fellows, see more here
  • China, signed in June 2015, with the National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) 
    Read more: agreement ZH|ENpress highlight
    For interested NSFC-funded scientists, see more here
  • South Africa, signed in October 2015, with the National Research Foundation (NRF)
    Read more: agreement EN
  • Mexico, signed in November 2015, with the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt)
    Read more: agreement ES|ENpress highlight
  • Brazil, signed in October 2016, with the Brazilian National Council of the State funding agencies (CONFAP)
    Read more: agreement ENpress highlight
  • Canada, signed in October 2016, with the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
    Read more: agreement, press highlight EN|FR
  • India, signed in October 2017, with the Scientific Engineering Research Board (SERB)
    Read more: agreement, press highlight

Further similar arrangements will be added as agreed in the future.

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Positions in ERC-funded projects are available following ERC calls for Principal Investigators (PIs) to express an interest in hosting young non-European scientists. The ERC then sends each funding agency a listing of interested PIs or teams, with a description of their projects. 

  • Find out whether you are eligible for funding under one of the International Arrangements.
  • Apply directly to the relevant funding agency.
  • If you are accepted, it will tell you which opportunities are available.
  • You can then contact the PI offering a position to express an interest in working in the research team.
  • When you and the PI have agreed on the details, the Host Institution will send a ‘letter of intent’ or ‘support letter’ on behalf of the PI to your funding agency to apply for funding
  • Your funding agency can then fund you to work on the project.

Send any general questions about the implementation of these programmes to ERC-IMPLEMENTING-ARRANGEMENTS@ec.europa.eu. Send specific questions about how to apply or your application to your local funding agency.

Each funding agency follows its own criteria and procedure for selecting scientists for funding under their Implementing Arrangement. The ERC does not intervene in this selection.

Calls normally take place in October each year. Main grants (Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants) and Synergy Grants that have at least 18 months until the end of the project are eligible.