Innovative Training Networks are limited to researchers (Early Stage Researchers; ESRs) who, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not counted.

Full-time equivalent research experience
Is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

English language
Early Stage Researchers must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Successful applicants may be required by the host institution to demonstrate competence at a particular level. Please see host institution websites for further details.

If you have any questions about whether you meet the criteria please contact the CEN Project Manager, Vicky Walter: vicky.walter@bristol.ac.uk