The “ERCIM Alain Bensoussan Fellowship Programme” was supported by the FP7 Marie Curie Actions – People, Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND) of the European Commission. More than 150 fellowships were granted under the Programme.
Two types of contracts
The fellows are appointed for 12 months either by a stipend (an agreement for a research training programme) or a working contract. The type of contract and the monthly allowance (for stipends) or salary (for working contracts) depend on the hosting institute (see table above).
It should be noted that the stipend (Fellowship Agreement) does not constitute a contract of employment. As such, no contributions are made, on behalf of the fellow, in respect of unemployment insurance or either state or private retirement schemes. The fellow will not, therefore, be entitled to any unemployment or retirement benefits under the Fellowship Agreement.
For the entire period of 12 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance or salary (depending on the type of contract) which may vary depending on the country. Costs for travelling to and from the institutes will be paid under conditions determined by the contract.
This allowance/salary will be transferred to the fellow’s personal bank account.
Who can apply?
The Fellowships are available for PhD holders from all over the world.
What is the duration?
Fellowships are of a 12 months duration, spent in one of the ERCIM institutes.
How to apply?
Only online applications are accepted.
Next deadline for application: 30 Sep 2015
The topics focus on the ERCIM institutes’ scientific fields of competence.
The categories used for the informatics part of the ERCIM table of competences are the top two levels of the internationally accepted ACM Computing Classification System [1998 Version].
For details, see http://www.ercim.eu/activity/expertise
- Administrative Data Processing
- Arts and Humanities
- Computer-Aided Engineering
- Computers in other Systems
- Life and Medical Science
- Physical Sciences and Engineering
- Social and Behavioral Science
Computer Systems Organization
- Computer Communication Networks
- Computer System Implementation
- Performance of Systems
- Processor Architectures
- Special-Purpose and Application-Based Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Graphics
- Document and Text Processing
- Image Processing and Computer Vision
- Pattern Recognition
- Simulation and Modeling
- Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation
- Computer Industry
- Computers and Education
- Computers and Society
- History of Computing
- Legal Aspects of Computing
- Management of Computing and Information Systems
- Personal Computing
- The Computing Profession
- Coding and Information Theory
- Data Encryption
- Data Storage Representations
- Data Structures
- Arithmetic and Logic Structures
- Control Structures and Microprogramming
- Input/Output and Data Communications
- Integrated Circuit
- Logic Design
- Memory Structures
- Performance and Reliability
- Register-Transfer-Level Implementaion
- Database Management
- Information Interfaces and Presentation
- Information Storage and Retrieval
- Information Systems Applications
- Models and Principals
- Abstract harmonic analysis
- Algebraic topology
- Approximations and expansions
- Biology and other natural sciences
- Calculus of variations and optimal control; optimization
- Convex and discrete geometry
- Difference and functional equations
- Differential geometry
- Dynamical systems and ergodic theory
- Fourier analysis
- Functional analysis
- Functions of a complex variable
- Game theory, economics, social and behavioral sciences
- General algebraic systems
- General topology
- Global analysis, analysis on manifolds
- History and biography
- Information and communication, circuits
- Integral equations
- Integral transforms, operational calculus
- Manifolds and cell complexes
- Mathematical Physics
- Mathematical logic and foundations
- Mathematics education
- Measure and integration
- Number theory
- Numerical analysis
- Operations research, mathematical programming
- Operator theory
- Order, lattices, ordered algebraic structures
- Ordinary differential equations
- Partial differential equations
- Potential theory
- Probability theory and stochastic processes
- Real functions
- Sequences, series, summability
- Several complex variables and analytic spaces
- Special functions
- Systems theory; control
Mathematics of Computing
- Operating Systems
- Programming Languages
- Programming Techniques
- Software Engineering
Theory of Computation
- Analysis of Algorithms and Problem Complexity
- Computation by Abstract Devices
- Logics and Meaning of Programs
- Mathematical Logic and Formal Languages
In addition, ERCIM institutes are interested in fellows with skills in areas such as:
- Mobile Communication
- Adaptive Robotics
- Behaviour extraction from human generated data
- Big Data
- Cloud Computing, Grids, P2P and Services
- Communication System Design
- Complex Network Analysis
- Computational biology and bioinformatics
- Computing and Statistics
- Cooperating Objects
- Data and Information Spaces (DIS)
- Dependable Software-Intensive Embedded Systems
- Design of Service-Oriented Architectures
- eGovernment (electronic Government and Applications)
- Environmental Modelling
- Flexible and adaptive hardware
- Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems
- Green ICT (or energy efficient computing and communication)
- IM2IM – IT and Mathematics applied to Interventional Medicine
- Image and Video Understanding (MUSCLE)
- Interactive Information Access
- Internet of things
- Large-scale Data Analytics
- Linked Open Data
- Machine Learning
- Media Technology & Edutainment
- Middleware for Wireless Sensor Networks
- Mobile and online social networks
- Models and Logics for Quantitative Analysis
- Multimedia Pattern Recognition
- Networks for developing countries
- Next generation network infrastructures
- Next generation network infrastructures
- Pervasive computing and communications
- Process Intelligence in Business Informatics
- Satellite Communication
- Security and Trust Management
- Self-organizing networks
- Sensor Web
- Signal Processing
- Social Data Mining
- Social Network Analysis
- Social Network Analysis
- Software Engineering for Resilient Systems
- Software Evolution
- Ubiquitous Internet
- User access to scientific data
- User media interaction
- User-centred media design
- Visual Analytics
- Visual computing
- Wireless networks
Where are the fellows hosted?
Only ERCIM members can host fellows. For information about the possible hosting institutes, see “participating ERCIM members“. For more details, see the homepages of the individual members, or contact the national contact for the ERCIM Fellowship Programme for a specific institute.
When an ERCIM member is a consortium (such as CRCIM, SpaRCIM) the hosting institute might be any of the consortium’s members.
When an ERCIM Member is a funding organisation (FWO/FNRS for Belgium), the hosting institute might be any of their affiliates.
Fellowships are proposed according to the needs of the member institutes and the available funding.
What are the conditions?
- have obtained a PhD degree during the last 8 years (prior to the application deadline) or be in the last year of the thesis work with an outstanding academic record
- be fluent in English
- be discharged or get deferment from military service
- the fellowship is restricted to two terms (one reselection possible)
- have completed the PhD before starting the grant (a proof will be requested before your arrival).
We encourage not only researchers from academic institutions to apply, but also scientists working in industry.
In order to encourage mobility:
- a member institute will not be eligible to host a candidate of the same nationality.
- a candidate cannot be hosted by a member institute, if by the start of the fellowship, he or she has already been working for this institute (including phd or postdoc studies) for a total of 6 months or more, during the last 3 years.