How and When to Apply

Before submitting an application

  • It is strongly recommended that you start preparing your application as early as possible. 
  • When preparing your application, the application document templates available here must be used. 
  • Please carefully read the Guide for Applicants available here.

Applicants MUST contact an ALECS supervisor before submitting an application:
You must discuss your research proposal with an ALECS academic supervisor and you must gain supervisor support for your application before submitting an application.

Applications submitted without such support will not be considered.
Applicants MUST use the templates provided:
All applicants must submit Part A – Administrative Information, Part B – Research Project Proposal and Part C – Curriculum Vitae at the application stage.

Applicants who indicate ethical issues in Part A – Administrative Information must also submit Part D – Ethics Self Assessment at the application stage.

How to apply

The suggested steps on how to apply for an ALECS fellowship are as follows: 

Step 1:

 Check your eligibility: Please ensure that you do have the necessary research experience and that you do comply with the programme’s mobility requirements.

Step 2:

Ensure that your research topic is in line with the programme’s research themes and with an ALECS academic supervisor’s research interests. Please check the supervisors profiles to find out more about each supervisor and their research interests. You may contact a supervisor to clarify whether your research topic falls under their research umbrella.

Step 3:

Contact an ALECS academic supervisor whose research interests are aligned with your proposed research topic. You must discuss your research proposal with the supervisor and you must formally get support for your application prior to submitting an application. Applications without such support will not be considered.

Prepare your research proposal and all required documentation. Please ensure that your proposal complies with the necessary requirements. You must use the templates provided here 

Step 4:

Submit your research proposal along with all required documentation through the online application system before the call deadline.

All applications must be submitted via the online application system, except where the researchers at risk policy may apply.

When to apply

2nd call is expected to open June/July 2018

Register interest at and please check this website for updates. 


Only completed applications submitted before the call deadline and which have received support from an ALECS supervisor will be considered in the selection process.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754489.