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The CIVIS3i program is rooted in the concept of a cross-border environment for research that offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. CIVIS3i offers a comprehensive training and networking program, integrating interdisciplinarity and intersectorality in research, as well as skills to work on an international environment. CIVIS3i is devoted to increase the career perspectives of fellows, by offering talented researchers an attractive environment for research and by training a future generation of employable, mobile, first-class researchers.

Sixteen 24-month Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to  researchers in possession of a doctoral degree, from the entire world, in all fields of research. 

Candidates may choose to be hosted and develop their research at one of the alliance four recruiting universities (AMU, ULB, SUR, UAM), where their main advisor must be affiliated, and mobility within the whole alliance (the nine universities + non-academic partners) will be facilitated. Candidates are required to included elements of intersectoral mobility and interdisciplinarity in their application, such as a 3-month secondment and short visits in one of the academic or non-academic partners, and a co-supervision at one of the 9 CIVIS Universities

Secondment provisions and co-supervision should be included at the proposal stage if possible; however, if such elements are not fully defined in the proposal, the laureates will be accompanied on these dimensions once selected. Fellows are expected to participate in outreach activities related to their research. The competitive fellowships are designed to further the education and training of the fellows with primary emphasis placed on the individual's research promise, and to boost their future career inside or outside academia. The call is open to all fields of research, organised into the five CIVIS thematic hubs listed below, aligned with major societal challenges. The hubs integrate multiple topics, giving the fellows the freedom to conduct research on a wide range of subjects, for instance:


Nutrition and food; Ageing; Well-being; Epidemiology; Immunology; Public Health; Medical Studies; Neurosciences; Pharmacology; Sport and movement science

Climate, Environment, Energy

Geology; Oceanography; Biodiversity; Migrations and settlements; Sustainable energy; Climatology; Pollution; Astronomy.

Society, Culture and Heritage

History; Literature; Sociology; Archaeology; Arts; Migrations; Religions; Philosophy; Political science; Languages.

Cities, Territories and Mobilities

Smart cities; Urbanism; Geography; Architecture; Transports; Logistics; Migrations; Governance.

Digital and Technological Transformations

Artificial Intelligence; New Media; Technologies & Engineering; Processes; Music; Learning; Sciences; Digitalization.

  • Agenda - 1st call

    Call opening

    Friday, July 23rd, 2021
    at 14:00 Paris time (UTC+2)

    Call closing

    Friday, October 22nd 2021
    at 17:00 Paris time (UTC+2)

    Eligibility check

    July 23rd – October 29th 2021


    22nd October 2021 – 31st January 2022

    Information to applicants

    February 2022

    Start of projects

    Between February (earliest) and July 2022 (latest)

  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for a CIVIS3i postdoctoral fellowship, candidates must fulfil these two cumulative obligations:

    • Candidates must be in possession of a doctoral degree or at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. There is no age or nationality restriction. As a condition of the fellowship, successful candidates with a PhD must be able to present their diploma, a certified copy of their diploma, or optionally a certified letter from the appropriate university or research institute official stating that they have completed all of the requirements for their degree including the completion of their final thesis and viva/defense, and candidates without a PhD must be able to present proof of minimum four years of full-time equivalent research by the call deadline (work contracts, employer certificate, scholarships, certificates, a career description), by the call deadline. In addition, researchers without a doctorate at the Call deadline must clearly explain how the full-time equivalent research experience is calculated, adding to their CV the Full-time equivalent research experience table (template available on the Guide for applicants section).
    • Candidates must be recruited by a CIVIS3i recruiting University (AMU, ULB, UAM, SUR) in a country where they have not resided or carried out their main activity for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.
  • Application procedure

    Candidates must present an ambitious research project that meets the three "I's" of CIVIS3i: International, Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral. 

    Applications are done via the CIVIS3i Application portal. Candidates are invited to check the application and the evaluation guides prior to starting an application procedure. 

    Communication with potential CIVIS3i advisors prior to submitting an application is highly encouraged.The best way to obtain more information about ongoing research within the CIVIS3i alliance is via the database found on the CIVIS3i research inventory (Find an advisor page) of the CIVIS3i website and by visiting the individual Department, Center and Institute web pages listed on the Guide for applicants.

    The application file will include the application form, a research and training proposal, a curriculum vitae in Europass format, an Ethics Self-Assessment grid, a copy of the PhD degree or certificate confirming that the PhD is fulfilled prior to the call deadline, or alternatively a career description proving at least 4 years of full-time research experience by the call deadline, including work contracts, employer certificates, etc, and a copy of their passport or identity card. 

    Application templates are available at the Guide for applicants section, along with a comprehensive guidelines for applicants.

  • Number of fellowships

    Number of fellowships offers


    University acronym


    Number of fellowships offered 1st Call

    Number of fellowships offered over entire CIVIS3i Programme

    University of Aix Marseille





    Universitè Libre de Bruxelles





    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid





    Sapienza Universitat di Roma










  • Fellowship conditions offered

    Successful candidates of fellowships can start their research appointment at the Institution of their choice (within the Alliance) any time between January and July 2022, following the fellowship notification.

    Recipients of the 2021-2022 fellowships will receive a living allowance of 3 710€ per month, plus a fixed monthly mobility allowance of 300€ to cover moving expenses. In line with Horizon 2020 MSCA-IF and ITN practices, Country Correction Coefficients will be applied to provide a salary better adapted to the local conditions (see table below).

    An additional family allowance can be provided for researchers with family obligations at the call deadline. Each fellow will have a 15 000€ grant to cover research and training expenses (eg, publication costs, travel and accommodation).

    The Country Correction Coefficient is the one applicable to the country of the recruiting university and may suffer small changes on a year-by-year case. The living allowance is a gross amount, including compulsory deductions under national law, such as employer and employee social security contributions and direct taxes.

    Fellow-related (employer) costs

      Base Amount (€/month) France (115.7%) Italy (104.4%) Belgium (100%) Spain (95.4%)
    Living allowance €3 710.00  €4 292.47 €3 873.24 €3 710.00 €3 539.34
    Mobility allowance €300.00  €300 €300 €300.00 €300
    Family allowance (if applicable) €250.00  €250.00 €250.00 €250.00 €250.00


    Research-related costs attributed to the host institution

      Fixed Amount (€/month)
    Management and communication costs (institutional and indirect costs) €752.00
    Research costs (eg, travel, accommodation, publication fees, etc.)  €625.00


  • Guide for Applicants

    The Guide for Applicants for the fisrt call will help you to prepare your application file. The Guide also provides detailed information about the evaluation and selection procedure, which involves four stages: an eligibility check, a remote expert evaluation, an interview to candidates and a consensus review.

    The applicant must identify an advisor within the CIVIS3i Alliance and may obtain an optional letter of acceptance from them (signed by the department/lab director). If the applicant has not yet identified an advisor, they can consult the CIVIS3i Research Inventory "Find an advisor" or visit the individual Department, Center and Institute web pages (see the Guide for applicants PDF).

  • Call evaluation and selection

    The Guide for Evaluators describes the evaluation and selection procedure in detail. 

CIVIS3i is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities and merit in employment and to preventing any type of discrimination to ensure that all candidates are treated equally, irrespective of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, age, disability, political or religious belief, or socio-economic class, and so welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any queries regarding equal opportunities, please contact For general questions about CIVIS3i, please use the contact form on the menu bar.