PhD Programme

CRG / "la Caixa" International PhD Programme Fellowships

Deadline 24th of January reached. The call is closed.

Welcome to the CRG / "la Caixa" International PhD Programme fellowships webpage.

Programme description
Eligibility criteria
Training and benefits
How to apply
Selection process
Participating Research Groups
Call calendar 2013 selection round
Related documents and pages


Programme description

"La Caixa" Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which receives its funding from the third biggest financial institution in Spain, the Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona, "la Caixa". Since 1982, "la Caixa" Foundation runs several programmes in the education and research field, poverty and social exclusion, environment and culture. The educational and research programme promotes academic research and equal opportunities. In the past thirty years, thousands of students have been able to develop their studies with a “La Caixa” fellowship.

Since 2008 “La Caixa” Foundation has been supporting International PhD Programmes from selected Spanish biomedical institutes, such as the CRG, to promote excellent science in Spain. “La Caixa” Foundation is currently providing support to the CRG and the other Spanish Centers of Excellence recognised with the Severo Ochoa Award by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

The CRG is recruiting within the CRG International PhD Fellowship Programme “La Caixa”- Severo Ochoa highly talented and motivated students with outstanding qualifications to carry out a PhD in biomedicine at the CRG.

Successful candidates will join research groups with top-level scientists and will carry out their research in one of the following programmes:


Eligibility criteria

Candidates must fulfil the following requirements at the time of the deadline:

  • Candidates must have obtained a university degree in biomedical sciences within the European Higher Education (minimum 240 ECTS) or a university degree that allows to start a PhD thesis in the candidate’s home country by September 2014. Candidates who expect to be awarded with such degree by September 2014 are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have an excellent academic record, previous research experience and a strong commitment for scientific research
  • Candidates must have a high working knowledge of English
  • Candidates applying for the 4 top ranked positions funded by “la Caixa” may not have worked at the CRG for more than 3 months before the deadline
  • The call is open to candidates of any nationality.


  • Fellows will be supported for a period of 4 years
  • The current call offers 4 positions funded by “La Caixa”. In addition, at least 6 additional positions will be offered with funds provided by the CRG and the Severo Ochoa Programme.
  • Applicants who have not been successful but that have received a positive evaluation will be included on a waiting list to cover future positions

Training and benefits

CRG/"la Caixa" fellows will benefit from the CRG Research and Training Programme, which includes:

  • International scientific environment. CRG is located in Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), a cluster for biomedical research in southern Europe, which includes several other biomedical research institutions and more than 1000 researchers
  • Advanced research training (training-through research, specific scientific and technology courses and a variety of CRG seminars and CRG/PRBB conferences with international invited speakers)
  • Career development activities (INTERVALS Programme offered to PRBB residents)
  • Cutting- edge advanced core facilities
  • Other initiatives and activities organised by the PRBB and CRG
  • Student community activities (Annual Retreat & Annual Symposium)
  • Internationally competitive salary

How to apply

  • Applications must be submitted online at
  • Candidates must register in order to use the online application system.
  • The online application form requests all of the necessary information for the initial stages of the selection process (General information, Education, Coursework, Honours, scholarships, prizes and awards, research experience, scientific interests and reference letters.)
  • Applicants should indicate up to two research programmes in which they would like to work, in order of preference. Moreover, if candidates have interest in a particular research group, they should indicate it in the motivation letter. More information on the research activities of each group can be found on the CRG web page.
  • Two reference letters will be automatically requested to the referees proposed by the candidate through the online system.
  • Candidates must ensure that all information is included before the deadline, including the reference letters. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgement of receipt will be automatically sent by e-mail to the applicant.

For any additional information, please contact Imma Falero at



Selection process

The selection of the fellows will be based on the candidates' academic qualifications and research excellence.

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection will be based on the candidate's CV, reference letters and on the research interests. Complete applications will be reviewed within a month after the deadline.
  • Oral interviews: Short-listed candidates will receive invitations to visit the CRG for a 5 day period of interviews that will take place 6-9 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Fellowship offers: Offers will be made to the successful candidates shortly after the interview period. Selected students will have two weeks to accept the position and should start their fellowships no later than October 1st.

More details are included in the Call Text.

Participating Research Groups

For this call, the CRG group leaders who have expressed interest in recruiting a student are:

Call Calendar

Call opening
12th December 2013
Call deadline
24th January 2014
Pre-selection of candidates
27th to 31st January 2014
Oral interviews
3rd to 7th March 2014
Notification to candidates
8th to 14th March 2014
Start date of fellowships
from 1st of September 2014


Related documents and pages

* Call text
CRG/”la Caixa” PhD poster



For any additional information, please contact:

CRG International PhD Programme          
Imma Falero
Academic Officer
Centre de Regulació Genòmica
Dr. Aiguader, 88
PRBB Building
08003 Barcelona