About the Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme, Junior Leader “la Caixa” at IBEC
The new postdoctoral fellowships programme, Junior Leader “la Caixa” , is aimed at hiring excellent researchers—of any nationality—who wish to continue their research career in Spanish territory on any discipline. Sponsored by Obra Social ”la Caixa”, the objectives of this programme are to foster high-quality, innovative research in Spain and to support the best scientific talents by providing them with an attractive, competitive environment in which to conduct excellent research.
The Junior Leader programme is divided into two different frames:
“la Caixa” Junior Leader – Incoming: 20 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. They will be offered a three-year employment contract to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence.
“la Caixa” Junior Leader – Retaining: 10 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities that must have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline, to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain.
By means of a complementary training programme, these fellowships are intended to consolidate research skills and to foster an independent scientific career as an option for the future.
”la Caixa” Foundation, which firmly believes that scientific progress, research, mobility and professional qualification are key to the development of people in society as a whole, supports researchers who wish to advance their careers towards scientific independence. The ”la Caixa” Fellowships Programme is the most important one among those sponsored by private entities working within the area of activity of “la Caixa” Banking Foundation, in terms of both the number of fellowships offered and the rigour in the management of the selection process, the variety of disciplines and the payment amount for each fellowship.
Within this framework, the “la Caixa” Junior Leader Fellowship Programme will contribute towards internationalising our research system by attracting international talent through the Incomingsubprogramme. Likewise, it will retain talent within our country through the Retaining subprogramme.
Furthermore, Spain participates in the Euraxess initiative, which provides support for researchers and their families upon their arrival to our country. The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) is the national coordinator for this initiative and brings together approximately 100 local support services and centres for researchers coming from outside Spain.
In addition, every two years, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) publishes a comprehensive guide for foreign researchers with current information on the job market, everyday life and specific characteristics of Spain, as well as on the required procedures to settle in our country.
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