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  Selection process

All applications must be submitted from this web site. Candidates apply for one to maximum two positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including:

  • a CV, with address of residency and precise date (month/year) for the academic and work experience
  • a motivation letter,
  • the applicant’s research and technical background as they relate to the position
  • two reference letters.

During registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (see above).


The SALTGIANT Recruitment Committee selects approximately 2/3 candidates per ESR and the interviews will be run at the ESR hosting institution (for ESR 7 : University of Utrecht / for ESR 14 : SciencesPo Paris) or by skype.


The final selection of SALTGIANT PhD students will be communicated in the following days of the interviews. The selected ESRs will start their positions from October to December 2018. PhD candidates selected by SALTGIANT will, in some cases, have to defend the PhD project in front of the Doctoral School of the institution delivering the PhD diploma that will take the final decision concerning the recruitment.


Recruiting and retaining high-quality young scientists is critical to SALTGIANT. The project’s consortium adheres to the Charter for Researchers ( and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment ( and will ensure a transparent, open, equal and internationally accepted recruitment process, with special care for gender issues. SALTGIANT will encourage female applications and aims to recruit at least 50% woman researchers.