The aim of this call is to award predoctoral research grants to train research staff at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) with their university’s own funds.
Applicants must be holders of a qualification that entitles them to apply for a doctorate programme of study in accordance with Royal Decree 99/2011. This qualification cannot have been obtained more than three years prior to the call deadline.
The theses that are developed within the framework of this programme must meet the requirements to be able to obtain the specialisation of International Doctorate in accordance with RD 99/2011.
The academic record minimum mark from a Bachelor's or undergraduate degree must be equal to or higher than:
Architecture and Engineering
Social Sciences, Communication Sciences and Education
This is calculated according to the criteria established by the BDNS (Spanish National Database of Subsidies) rules: 20-10-2019 of the Secretary of State of Universities, Research, Development and Innovation, which establishes calls for grants for the education of university teaching staff, within the framework of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020.
The grantee must have been accepted onto a UIC Barcelona doctorate programme at the time the grant starts.
3. Duration of the financial aid
The funding will cover three years, from the start date of the member of research staff in training.
The suspension of this funding is covered in point six.
The gross annual grant will be the same as that stipulated for the AGAUR FI-DGR call.
The annual amount will be paid in 12 monthly instalments.
The grantee will be entitled to the same discount in tuition fees for the doctorate as other UIC Barcelona teaching staff.
The grantee will have priority in the Vice-Rector of Research’s competitive call for pre-doctoral mobility financial aid, where the budget situation of each year allows this call to be made.
5. Incompatibilities with the grant
The status of grantee on this programme is incompatible with other contractual or statutory obligations either public and private organisations which might detract from the exclusivity of the candidate’s dedication to research.
The fact that the candidate has been awarded a predoctoral research grant will not entail any kind of commitment for the university to the grantee in terms of them being offered a position as a member of staff at the university.
The Vice-Rector for Research will forward a request with his approval to the Human Resources department to temporarily suspend the grant if justification is provided by the applicant. During this time the candidate will not receive any financial remuneration, will require express consent from their thesis supervisor for a suspension, and it shall be for a maximum of six months during the period covered by the grant.
Situations of temporary disability, risk during pregnancy and risk during breastfeeding, maternity, adoption, leave for the purposes of adoption or foster care, or paternity, will suspend the calculation of the duration of the grant. The situations provided for in article 45.1.n) of the revised text of the Workers' Statute Act, as a measure to protect women victims of gender violence, will also temporarily suspend the grant.
7. Terms and conditions
The doctoral thesis must be part of a doctorate programme at UIC Barcelona.
Applications will be limited to one annually for each thesis supervisor.
The supervisor of the thesis must be an accredited PhD holder forming part of the UIC Barcelona faculty, and there may be an internal or external co-supervisor. If the thesis supervisor should discontinue their employment at UIC Barcelona at any time throughout the duration of this grant, it will be necessary to inform the Doctorate School of a new supervisor who must fulfil these terms and conditions.
The thesis supervisor must have external funding or be awaiting the final resolution of an external competitive call at the closing date of this call.
Applicants undertake to apply for a pre-doctoral grant from other public or private bodies of similar characteristics to this one during the first year of the grant. If the external grant is awarded, the beneficiary must inform the Vice-Rector for Research of their decision to continue the UIC grant or to take up the new grant.
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 awardee should teach a maximum of 180 hours over the whole of the grant period, in accordance with Royal Decree 103/2019.
A photocopy of enrolment on a UIC doctoral programmes or a document stating that the candidate has been accepted.
A commitment from the candidate to apply for an international specialisation to add to their doctorate after approval from their thesis supervisor.
Applicants from abroad may need to deposit a legal authorisation in able to be able to formalise their grant, if necessary.
An attested academic record showing the average mark obtained by the candidate in the study programmes entitling them to apply for the doctorate.
A photocopy of the candidate’s Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree.
A photocopy of the candidate’s National ID Card or passport.
Report of the thesis supervisor setting out the project of which the UIC is or will be (pending resolution) the awardee and to which the doctoral thesis will be linked, as well as the SGR research group to which it belongs or which it is undertaken to join as soon as it is administratively possible to do so.
The deadline for applicants to submit their application is between 5 and 22 June.
10.Assessment criteria and selection
Applicants will be prioritised based on the following points:
1. ACADEMIC RECORD (4 points)
The candidate’s academic record from the first and second cycles of degree programmes, higher engineering or architecture, or degree studies from within the EHEA of the candidate (4 points). If the doctoral programme applicant holds a University Master’s degree, the mark will account for 20% in the student's academic record.
2. MARK AWARDED BY THE THESIS SUPERVISOR AND RESEARCH GROUP (maximum 3 points):
2.1 Group typology /financing of the recognised research group (SGR) of the thesis supervisor:
Consolidated, pre-consolidated or emerging group of UIC Barcelona (own or inter-institutional)* or have the consideration of Tenure Track at UIC Barcelona (1.5 points)
Group SGR funding (UIC or other) (1.5 points)
*If the SGR group doesn’t belong to UIC, a written commitment from the supervisor to join a UIC research group or to create a new one when possible will be required.
3. ACADEMIC POLICY (maximum 3 points):
3.1 Types of project the thesis supervisor is participating in and to which the doctoral thesis is assigned only if the project is still ongoing at the closing date of the call (1 points):
Competitive research call (project) (1 point)
UIC Barcelona non-competitive research call, chair, contract or agreements with companies:
more than 24,000 euros / year (0.5 points)
less than 24,000 euros / year (0.25 points)
3.2 CV of the thesis supervisor or co-director (1,5 points)*:
Accreditations (up to 0.15 points) (we will extract these from the VOAP database)
AQU or ANECA six-year research periods (up to 0.3 points) (we will obtain this information from the VOAP database)
Doctoral theses supervised over the last 5 years, or that are currently underway (up to 0.3 points) (we will import this information from DRAC).
Mobility stays (up to 0.3 points) (we will import this information from DRAC)
Research and transfer projects (up to 0.45 points) (we will import this information from DRAC)
*If there are internal or external co-supervisors, it should be specified which of the directors should be assessed in the application. If this person's information is not entered in DRAC, they must submit a CV where the information to be assessed is clearly stated.
3.3 Theses with a European distinction read previously over the last 3 years (0.5 points):
Yes (0.5 points)
No (0 points)
The list of accepted/rejected applicants will be published before 30 June. There will be a period of no more than 7 calendar days to correct any shortfalls. Any applications that are incomplete after this period has finished will be excluded from the call.
The provisional resolution with the prioritised list of candidates will be issued before 13 July 2020. This list will also include some candidates as reserves.
Participants may file an appeal against the provisional resolution issued by the Vice-Rector. The appeal must be submitted to the General Registry in UIC Barcelona´s general secretariat within 7 calendar days from the day after notification of the provisional resolution for the call. The Vice-Rector for Research has 7 calendar 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 grantee will start at the UIC Barcelona on 1 October 2020.*
*For candidates from outside the European Union, they will have time to start at UIC Barcelona until 31 January 2020.
13.Renunciation and substitutions
If the grant is renounced, the Human Resources department must be informed with a minimum forewarning of 15 working days.
Any grantees that do not continue with the grant due to renunciation or other causes within the first three months can be covered through a resolution by the Vice-Rector for Research by awarding vacant positions to the reserve applicants in the established order.
The renewal of financial aid is conditional on the issuance of positive reports by the Doctorate School.
The renewal of the first year is also conditional on the awardee applying for at least one external grant similar to the UIC grant during the first year.
The renewal of the second year is conditional on the presentation of the results of a stay giving the option of an international mention of the doctoral thesis, or the planning of a future stay, signed by the thesis supervisor.
15. Finalisation of grants
At the end of the grant, and only if the doctoral thesis has not yet been deposited, it will be necessary to present a final report on the project undertaken, and the schedule for the reading of the thesis.
If the doctorate is obtained within the period the awarded grant covers, it will be possible to continue enjoying the award until the three-year period has ended.