The aim of this call is to award predoctoral research grants in order to train research staff at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona).
People who have a qualification that gives them access to a doctoral course in accordance with Royal Decree 99/2011 are eligible for this aid. This qualification that provides access to a doctorate cannot have been obtained more than three years prior to accepting the grant.
The these that are developed within the framework of this programme will have to meet the requirements to be able to obtain the specialisation of International Doctorate RD 99/2011.
The minimum mark for an academic record for a bachelor's or undergraduate degree must be equal to or higher than 7.50 (on a scale of 1 to 10), calculated according to the criteria specified in Royal Decree 1125/2003 of 5 September.
If the qualification of the academic record uses a scale of 0 to 4, the average mark with be calculated in the following way, according to the criteria established by AGAUR for FI (research trainee) predoctoral grants:
No. OF CREDITS
(B x C)
Total addition (B x C)
Average mark = Total amount (B x C) / Total of all credits.
Via the AGAUR website, interested people can access an application to make the corresponding calculation.
People who receive this grant must have been accepted onto one of the UIC Barcelona doctoral programmes at the time they accept their grant.
3. Duration of the financial aid
The duration of the aid will be three years, counted from the start date for research staff in training, which can be extended to four years through a justified application sent in advance.
Any interruptions to this aid are covered in point six.
The gross annual amount of the grants will be the same as that stipulated for the FI-DGR call from AGAUR.
The planned annual award will be paid in 12 monthly instalments.
The grantholders will be able to enjoy the same discount in enrolment for the doctorate as other professors and lecturers with permanent staff positions in UIC Barcelona.
Grantholders who begin to receive the aid during the 2020 academic year will also have additional funding of €600 available between months 12 and 30 as aid to undertake research stays that are necessary in order to be eligible to add an international specialisation to their PhD.
5. Incompatibilities with the grant
The condition of being a grantholder on this programme is incompatible with other contractual or statutory obligations both in public and private organisations which can take away the exclusivity of the candidate’s dedication to research.
The fact that the candidate has been awarded a predoctoral research grant will not lead the university into any type of commitment towards the beneficiary in terms of them being offered a position as a permanent member of staff at the university.
The vice-rector for research can permit a temporary interruption to the grant if a justified argument is provided by the applicant. During this time the candidate will not receive any financial remuneration, and will require express consent from their thesis supervisor for an interruption of a maximum of six months during the period the grant covers.
The period during which the grant will be interrupted, which must have been authorised by the vice-rector for research, can be recuperated based on an extension for a maximum period of the same duration as the interruption.
Adjournments due to maternity leave, adopting or fostering young children aged 6 or younger or for long-term illness will be for the same period as that legally established in these cases. During this period 100% percent of the grant amount will be maintained.
7. Terms and conditions
Applications will be limited to one annual petition for each thesis supervisor.
The thesis supervisor can be linked to UIC Barcelona in any of the ways set out in the internal regulations in force for professors or otherwise be external, although in the latter case candidates must also have a co-supervisor or tutor from UIC Barcelona.
The thesis supervisor must be a member of a Research Group at the UIC, or of a research group from one of the UIC's doctoral programmes or be an active participant in a research project funded externally.
The thesis must be defended within the UIC Barcelona facilities.
Applicants will have to demonstrate they have applied for a predoctoral grant from other public or private organisations with the same characteristics as this one, they must have met the required criteria for the call but this call must be unresolved. If an external grant is subsequently awarded, the predoctoral research grant from UIC Barcelona will automatically be suspended.
Candidates must mention UIC Barcelona in any publications and other results that may derive from the activities and research carried out during the period the grant is awarded for.
The beneficiary should teach a maximum of 60 hours per year.
8. Application and documentation
Interested parties will have to send the application form and they will have to send to the Vicerectorate for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer the following documentation:
A photocopy of your form showing you are enrolled on one of the UIC's doctoral programmes or an accreditational document stating that you have been accepted.
A commitment from the candidate to apply for an international specialisation to add to their doctorate after approval from their thesis supervisor.
Members of staff from abroad will need to deposit a legal authorisation document which will allow them to formalise their contract, if necessary.
An attested academic transcript showing the average mark obtained by the candidate.
A certified photocopy of the degree/master certificate or of the receipt of payment for the certificate
A photocopy of the candidate’s National Identity Card or Passport.
A copy of your application for an external grant which is as yet unresolved (the beneficiary can present it all year long).
The deadline for the interested partied to present their application is between 2 and 20 October.
If the documentation is not complete, the vice-rectorate for research will ask the candidate to provide it within a maximum period of 7 calendar days once the call period has closed. Applications that are incomplete once the stated modification period has ended will no longer be assessed and therefore will not be eligible for the call.
10.Assessment criteria and selection
New applications will be prioritised, while taking into account the following aspects:
The candidate’s academic record from the first and second cycles of degree programmes, engineering or architecture, or degree studies from within the EHEA held by the candidate. If the access route for the specific doctoral programme is that candidate’s must hold a university master’s degree, this will be weighted at 20% on the student’s academic record (4 points).
Assessment by the thesis supervisor and the research group (a maximum of 3 points).
Positon where the thesis supervisor is placed in the SGR research group:
Consolidated (1,5 points) and funded (1,5 points)
Pre-consolidated (1 point) and funded (1,5 points)
Emerging (0.5 points) and funded (1,5 points)
Political science (a maximum of 3 points):
3.1 Types of project the thesis supervisor is participating in (1,5 points).
3.1.1 Competitive research call (1 point)
3.1.2 Non-competitive research call, chair, contract or agreements with companies:
188.8.131.52 More than 24.000€ per year (0,5 points)
184.108.40.206 Less than 24.000 per year (0.25 points)
3.2 Publications by the supervisor with researchers from foreign institutions in the last three years. We will import this information from DRAC (1 point):
3.2.1 1 publication (0.25 points)
3.2.2 2 publications (0,5 points)
3.2.3 3 or more publications (1 point)
3.3 Thesis with a European distinction read previously. We will import this information from DRAC (0,25 points):
3.3.1 Yes (0,25 points)
3.3.2 No (0 points)
3.4 The doctoral proposal includes a research centre in which the research visit will be undertaken in order to be eligible for the addition of an international distinction to the doctorate (0,25 points).
3.4.1 Yes (0,25 points)
3.4.2 No (0 points)
In case of a tie, up to 1 additional point may be assigned from the evaluation commission.
11.Prioritisation of applications
A provisional resolution will be issued by 29 November. This list will also include candidates who will be placed on a waiting list.
Participants may file an appeal to be repositioned after the provisional resolution made by the vice-rector for research is made public. The appeal to be repositioned on the list will have to be presented to the general registry in UIC Barcelona´s general secretariat within 7 working days from the day after notification of the provisional resolution for the call. The vice-rector for research has 7 working days to resolve the appeal to be repositioned once it has reached UIC Barcelona's General Registry. After the appeals period is over, the definitive list of candidates will be made public on the UIC Barcelona website.
12.Accepting the grant
The grant holder will start at the UIC Barcelona on 14 January 2020. *
* For candidates from outside the European Union it will be necessary to acquire a valid visa and they will have time to start at UIC Barcelona until April 2020.
13.Renunciation and substitutions
If the grant is renounced, the vice-rectorate for research will have to be informed a minimum of 15 working days beforehand.
Any withdrawals that occur due to renunciation or other causes by newly awarded grantholders within the first three months can be covered through a resolution by the vice-rector for research by awarding vacant positions to applicants in priority order.
The renewal of financial aid is conditional and will depend on positive reports received by the Doctoral School.
The renewal of financial aid is also conditioned on the beneficiary requesting at least one external scholarship during the first year.
15. Finalisation of grants
Coinciding with the end of the grant it will be necessary to present a final report on the project undertaken. If a doctoral thesis I read and defended during the time period which the grant covers or in the six months after this there is no need to present a report.
If a doctoral qualification is obtained within the period that the awarded grant covers, it will be possible to continue enjoying the award until the contract has ended.