Eligibility criteria

CoD4T is a PhD training program for talented researchers of any age, nationality, culture, gender, and sexual orientation.

Applicants must fulfil ALL the following minimum eligibility criteria at the date of the call deadline (26 February 2024):

  • Applicants must have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree (MSCA rule). Researchers must not already be in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment. DCs must have a Master's degree. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will NOT be considered eligible to apply.
  • Mobility rule (MSCA rule): Researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule : Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Hosting University (or Universities) to which they are applying for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately e spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • Employment rule (MSCA rule): Applicants may not be already permanently employed by the chosen Hosting University at the time of call deadline.
  • Minimum level of studies: Applicants must meet the academic criteria for admission to the doctoral programs at the Hosting University.
  • English language proficiency*: Applicants must have a demonstrable C1 level of English (both speaking and in writing). Evidence must be provided pre-admissions/enrolment into the program following the guidance and minimum requirements specified by the Hosting University. In the absence of a recognised certificate, applicants should check the rules at the university where they will be enrolled.
    *Native English speakers are exempt from this requirement.
  • Applicants must agree to do the planned secondment(s) in the associated partners as detailed in the description of positions on the project website.
  • Applicants must agree to not receive any other source of income during employment.

In addition to the above minimum eligibility criteria, Applicants must comply with the eligibility and admission requirements of the Hosting University of their chosen position, as described in the corresponding position description and the Hosting University websites.


Our selection process is in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment. The consortium adheres to the principles of the European Commission's Strategy on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and promotes genuine equal access opportunities. CoD4T is fully committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity for staff and students. Researchers at risk, from different genders, backgrounds and origin are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, a researcher with disability requiring extra support might be eligible for a Special Needs Allowance.

Additionally, CoD4T is fully committed to provide doctoral candidates in the network with equal opportunities regarding well-being and financial support. Specific measures to balance budgets among beneficiaries of the EC grant have been agreed in the network, aiming to ensure that during periods abroad (secondments) doctoral candidates are fully supported and do not have to incur in double expenses (i.e. paying double rent).