For the second phase of NESSC (2019-2024) there were a total of 31 PhD positions available, of which we received partial funding for 13 positions through the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program. All PhD positions (regular and COFUND) are fully funded according to Dutch CAO for four years. The PhD positions are hosted at one of the NESSC research institutes: Utrecht University, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, VU University Amsterdam or Wageningen University.
To fill all PhD positions we organized two calls – through the first call we hired 17 PhD candidates and through the second call we attracted an additional 10 excellent PhD candidates, in total 17 candidates were eligible for the COFUND program. The application deadline of the first call was 19 May 2020 and for the second call on 31 October 2020. All PhD candidates that were hired through these calls started their individual projects between September 2019 and April 2020.
NESSC offers young academics the opportunity to work on important scientific topics in not previously existing partnerships, and thus creates the conditions for innovative, groundbreaking and multidisciplinary research, including both experimental and theoretical approaches.
NESSC is a so-called Gravitation Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme has received further funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie, grant agreement No 847504.