Piscopia - Marie Curie Fellowship Programme

PISCOPIA is a Programme co-funded by the Marie Curie actionsunder the FP7 Programme of the European Union to attract outstanding junior researchers for a period of 12 or 24 months. The main objective is to reinforce the international dimension of the University of Padova.

The Programme intends to support the most promising young researchers to implement their research project at the University of Padova and to acquire those complementary and transversal skills necessary to start their independent research career.

All the disciplines present at the University are open for fellowships.

PISCOPIA supports the following types of mobilities:

  1. incoming: for applicants from any country inside or outside Europe.
  2. re-integration: for applicants from Member State or Associated Countries interested in returning to Europe after a mobility experience in a Third Country.

 

Experienced researchers from all nationalities in possession of a doctoral degree or with at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of the deadline for submission of the application.

To be eligible, researchers have to demonstrate transnational mobility:

  • Incoming fellowships: applicants may originate from any country inside or outside Europe, provided however that at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date
  • Reintegration fellowships: applications are reserved to Member State or Associated Country applicants provided that, at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals, they have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in a Third Country for at least 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals and are now interested in returning to Europe to further their research interests.

In order to support the most promising young experienced researchers, helping them in their career development, permanently employed researchers of universities and research centres are all excluded from entering the competition.

Submissions must be done jointly with a professor of the University that will act as supervisor. A letter of acceptance from the hosting Department must be submitted with the application.

Applicants can submit a proposal in any of the scientific domains present at the University.

For a full list of scientific domains go to section UNIPD Research Groups.

Three types of mobility will be available:

  1. Short incoming fellowships: for applicants from any country inside or outside Europe lasting 12 months.
  2. Long incoming fellowships: for applicants from any country inside or outside Europe lasting 24 months.
  3. Reintegration fellowships: for applicants from Member State or Associated Countries interested in returning to Europe after a mobility experience in a Third Country lasting 24 months.

When you can apply

Call 2014 - Expected publication/deadline: mid September 2014 - 21 November 2014
Long incoming 24 months (7 available fellowships)

Call 2013 - Publication/deadline: 16/09/2013 - 22/11/2013

  • Short Incoming 12 months (7 available fellowships)
  • Long incoming 24 months (7 available fellowships)
  • Reintegration 24 months (5 available fellowships)

Researchers selected by the PISCOPIA Programme will be considered as "Marie Curie Fellows".

The fellows will have full employment contracts according to the current internal regulations of the University. In addition to their salary they will receive:

  • a mobility/travel allowance
  • a contribution to research costs
  • a training program to develop complementary skills.

In compliance with the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, the fellows will be selected following an open, transparent, impartial and equitable selection process and the University will enter a research contract with the selected fellows with all the features of an employment contract.

The selection process is described in the Guide for Applicants and consists of three phases:

  1. Eligibility check. At the closure of the call, all applications will be checked for eligibility
  2. International peer-review. Three international independent experts will review each proposal. Experts will evaluate the quality of the research project, the scientific level of the applicant and the professional growth.
  3. Interview  with the Scientific panel. The Panels will evaluate the applicant with the following criteria: presentation and communication skills, scientific quality and motivation

 

For further information, please contact:

International Research Office,
Via Roma, 38 – 35122 Padova,
tel.: +39 049.8273931 / +39 049.8273055,
piscopia.grants@unipd.it