Fellows selection

Two international calls will be launched within the Programme to recruit 15 brilliant researchers, who will work for 24 months on the six multidisciplinary research areas of the Institute for Global Challenges at Ca’ Foscari.

Why to apply?

Excellent Research and Training Opportunities

In line with the main objectives of the MSCA Programme, G@V aims at broadening and deepening Fellows’ competences, offering more high-quality training and career development opportunities, and bridging the gaps between academia and applied research and between research to market and society. The training programme offers researchers:

  • Scientific Excellence: fellows receive excellent scientific research training paths and technological training at their host RGCI, sharing expertise and know how
  • Entrepreneurship: the connection to the innovation ecosystem of all Partner Organisations provide the fellows with the opportunity to build entrepreneurship being connected to relevant stakeholders and partners through secondment
  • Networking skills: fellows have the opportunity to widen their networks working alongside some of the top researchers in the world and participating in international conferences and seminars
  • Transferable skills: tailored-made workshops are organised in horizontal skills, such as communication skills, language skills, personal branding skills.
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List of Training courses on transferable skills provided within G@V Programme
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Excellent Supervision Arrangements

Specific mentoring schemes are put in place in order to support the career development of G@V Fellows. Research project supervisors act as the Fellows’ mentors. G@V Fellows are introduced in the Hosting Institute during the on-boarding procedure and are provided with support and guidance for their personal and professional development. Meetings are organised on a regularly basis and a training path on scientific and non-scientific skills is arranged for each Fellow. 

Excellent Employment and Working Conditions

  • Tax free and up to 24 months full time employment contract – you will be invited to make a case for a shorter fellowship term if appropriate or can participate on a part-time basis if required. More details about Tax benefits for Italian and foreign researchers.
  • Basic salary conditions per month (living 3,836€ gross) and instructions about taxes, national insurance and pension deductions at national rates
  • Benefits provided (including annual leave, maternity/paternity leave, pension provision, social security)
  • Mobility allowance (500€ per month ) and family allowance (500€ per month if eligible)
  • Personal research budget (800€ per month) for research activity, training, publications and workshops
  • The first three months of salary paid in one instalment at the beginning of the fellowship, to make mobility easier
  • Work-family balance (discount to nursery schools offered by Ca’ Foscari and recreational facilities for children). 

Excellent Career Development Opportunities

As a G@V Fellow, you will:

  1. Conduct an independent research project of your choice that aligns with one or more RGCI
  2. Enhance your profile and track record through outputs, networking and dissemination activities, developing at least two publications and running at least one event for external participants
  3. Join the rich and international environment of more than 60 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and 13 ERC grant holders
  4. Participate in the CAREERS+ Programme that means:


Can I apply?

Candidates must comply with all the following eligibility criteria:

Research experience

  • If you are an Experienced Researcher with a PhD degree acquired in the last 8 years at the deadline of the call, you can propose your own research project.
  • In addition, you must have at least one major publication without the PhD supervisor (either accepted, in press or published) at the time of the deadline.

Career breaks or detours will be regarded as a potentially valuable contribution to the professional development of researchers towards a multidimensional career track.

Mobility requirements

In order to be eligible for the G@V Programme, you must also undergo a genuine mobility - complying with the MSCA mobility rule: you should not have resided or carried out your main activity in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline of the submission of your proposal.


How to apply?

The first call of proposal will be published in March 2021. 

You can apply to the call exclusively through the online dedicated tools, which will be linked from this website.

Please note that only application forms fulfilling the following requirements will be eligible:

  1. Submission before the deadline, using the online application platform and following the instructions provided in the application guidelines
  2. Completion of all templates provided in the application platform
  3. English used as application language.

For the full documents and templates, Application Guidelines and FAQ please visit the section Calls, useful info.

A timeline of calls

Two calls will be issued during the first and the second year of the programme to recruit brilliant researchers.
Details upcoming about call schedule and results. 


Selection process

The entire selection process will be composed of different phases as summed up below.
The calls for proposal will describe the process in details.

  1. Eligibility check performed by the Management Team (MT)
    Eligibility criteria such as research experience, mobility requirements are verified.
  2. Scientific Proposal Evaluation done by the International Review Panels
    Each proposal that passes the Eligibility check is assigned to three international review experts. Review Experts are all qualified individuals with experience in evaluation or management of research projects and strong international reputation. Experts evaluate applications remotely and then they join a consensus meeting and produce a final review according to the evaluation criteria described in the Call.
  3. Interview process done by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
    The candidate who passes the Scientific Proposal Evaluation step is admitted to the Interview provided by the SAB. The interviews possibly double the positions available for each call
  4. Ethic Review done by the Ethics Committee
    The Ethics Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice examines proposals that pass the Scientific Proposal Evaluation and present ethical issues. If in the proposals some aspects relating to ethics are incomplete, clarification may be sought. An Ethics Report is produced and sent to the Scientific Advisory Board. The SAB makes a final decision and a final ranking list of candidates after the interview phase taking into account also the outcomes of the Ethics Review Report.