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MCCT SKADS Training Schools
Eligibility of participants
To be eligible for EC funding to attend an MCCT SKADs Training School,
a participant must fall in one the following three categories:
- Group 1: Early stage researchers, i.e., those with less than 4 years (full time equivalent) of research activity (including the period of research training). In this group, all researchers are eligible for funding regardless of their nationality or place of work.
- Group 2: Experienced researchers with more than 4 but less than 10
years (full time equivalent) of research activity (including the
period of research training). Individuals in possession of a doctoral
degree also fall into this category, even if they have less than 4
years of research experience. In this category, all researchers are
eligible for funding regardless of their nationality or place of work.
- Group 3: Experienced researchers with more than 10 years (full time
equivalent) of research activity (including the period of research
training). In this case, only nationals from EU member/associated
states, but doing research outside these countries, can be eligible
On top of these rules, all participants should meet the criteria of
being active researchers. “As a general rule, a researcher is defined
as a person active in research, including at training level, of at
least post-graduate or equivalent level.”
(Work Programme, section 2.5.3)
Note on the required degree and research expertise
In order to be allowed to attend the school you must have finished
your undergraduate university studies by the time we make the
selection of candidates, on June 30 in first instance, or on July 31
(for the waiting list) if available places are left after the first
selection of candidates.
As for your experience in research, this is measured since gaining
"the diploma giving access to doctoral studies (the degree must
entitle the holder to embark on doctoral studies, without having to
acquire any further qualification) in the country in with the diploma
was obtained". (Work Programme, section 2.5.3)
If you have not finished graduate studies by the time the selection is
done, you cannot register, even if you have already started some
post-graduate studies such as master courses.
Note on nationality
The present list of EU member and associated states (thus affecting
Group 3 of eligible participants, see above) is as follows:
EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom
EU associated states: Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey
Note on quotas
In addition to the aforementioned rules, there are other criteria that
should be met in the organisation of a School that might affect the
final selection of candidates.
No more than 30% of the eligible participants may be nationals from
third countries (i.e. neither EU member nor associate state).
No more than 30% of the participants (eligible and not-eligible) may
be nationals from any EU member state, or associate state, or from the
all third countries.
Preference should be given to early-stage researchers.
The selection of the candidates will strive for having at least 40% of