Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
PhD Fellowships Program in a multidisciplinary environment
Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)
The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology is a scientific initiative of seven of Catalonia’s research centres of excellence whose objective is to increase their levels of collaboration in order to build together a joint scientific project.
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Application deadline: May 31
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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PhD Fellowships Program in a multidisciplinary environment

Doing your Master’s degree and looking for an excellent PhD Fellowships Program in a multidisciplinary environment? Apply for our PREBIST Call 2! (H2020 MSCA-COFUND action)

PREBIST is a doctoral fellowship Program lead by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. Altogether 28 fellowships will be awarded and implemented in top research in the Barcelona and Tarragona area (Spain).

BIST brings closer together 7 independent Catalan internationally recognized research centres. The centres participating in the PREBIST program are:

  • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
  • Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
  • Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

Please kindly note that The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is not hosting any topic for this call.

Also affiliated to BIST are:

  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
  • Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

PREBIST applicants will find a list of PhD projects and can freely choose their project of interest. Successful candidates will be hosted by the selected research group. They will have full access to facilities, PhD Program seminars and training programmes of the BIST centres. Networking activities shall facilitate inter-centre and inter-disciplinary exchange and collaborations. PREBIST will offer fellows the opportunity to opt for secondments from a pool of international institutions with which BIST centres have institutional agreements or collaborations.


The fellowships are granted for 4 years including:

  • Anual gross salary: 26.000€ plus a single payment of 1500 relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply),
  • Close mentoring and supervision through prestigious Researchers,
  • A personalized doctoral career development plan,
  • A training program for scientific and transferable skills.

PREBIST Fellows will accomplish a focused PhD program, with an emphasis on intensive research-based training, offered by the hosting BIST Centre, in partnership with a major local university (degree-awarding institution). From the start, PhD students are integrated into one of the participating BIST-centres research groups, under the supervision of the corresponding Group Leader, to begin their research projects, and participate in the training activities. In the following, a comprehensive list of the major doctoral programs at mayor Catalan Universities (UB, UAB, UPC, URV, and UPF)

PREBIST fellows will receive scientific training and take part in programs that aim at developing leadership skills, offering opportunities to assume responsibility and tools to be active in own career progression.

PREBIST counts with an important number of active collaboration R&D with local and international companies and research institutions. Several BIST centres are also closely associated with major research hospitals in the Barcelona area. BIST has also established extensive collaboration agreements with major technology centres in Catalonia. PREBIST fellows will be encouraged to undertake visits and short-term stays and secondments with these partners whenever relevant to their field of research.

Each BIST centre offers an internationally renowned, attractive research environment, complemented by a range of training activities that will help highly qualified young scientists to develop the skills necessary for a successful career. The high interdisciplinary nature of BIST makes it an excellent setting for fellows to access an extensive offer of scientific seminars, courses and workshops.

PREBIST fellows will be able to participate in a number of existing programmes, including:

  • Seminar programmes of the BIST centres
  • Researcher exchange and networking programmes including international conferences and workshops organised by BIST centres.

In its effort to establish an outstanding long-term training programme, BIST and the afiliated centres are planning a variety of training initiatives, to support PhD fellows by exploring the different options for becoming successful scientist. Along this process, fellows should acquire key competences in a highly competitive environment (effective research, ethical research responsibility, technical workshops), and awareness and responsibility for their own career progression.

BIST is aware that for training the scientific leaders of the future, involves providing them with tools and aptitudes on transferable skills which will allow them to excel in both, the academic and industrial worlds. The European Charter for Researchers requires that “all researchers … are given the opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to measures for the continuing development of skills and competencies”. In this regard, PREBIST will offer courses and seminars specifically designed to foster these abilities.

One of the main objectives of PREBIST is to provide high quality supervision:

  • Targeted mentoring and access to a wide variety of scientific activities, services, and networks.
  • Have close mentoring: The PREBIST PhD project performed by the fellow will be under the supervision of a reputed scientist, who at the same time will be shaping, together with the fellow, a personalized doctoral career development plan (PDCDP). The goal of this plan will be to develop and foster the individual competences of the fellow.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Presenting complete applications including all requested compulsory information and documentation.
  • Having not spent more than 12 months of the prior 36 months in Spain, at the time of the call deadline.
  • Hold a University degree (by the time of enrollment in the PhD program) that would qualify the applicant to enter one of the PhD programs recognized by the BIST research centers. These have formal agreements with the major Catalan Universities (UB, UAB, UPC, URV, and UPF) whereby BIST senior researchers (generally of professorial rank and enjoying international recognition) are accredited to supervise PhD students, who do their research at BIST research centres and obtain their degree from the corresponding university. Please provide evidence when you apply (e.g. scanned copy of your degree or similar).
  • At the time of the call deadline, be in the first 4 years of your scientific post gradual career (full-time equivalent research experience). In case your University degree was longer ago than 4 years, you will need to provide documental evidence for complying with this criteria.

Required languages

English: Excellent

For details on the evaluation criteria please refer to the PREBIST web page:


The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology is a scientific initiative of seven of Catalonia’s research centres of excellence whose objective is to increase their levels of collaboration in order to build together a joint scientific project. Its strength is based on the
research capacities of the seven centres and its potential to promote multidisciplinary, cutting-edge projects.

There are no restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, and social or economic conditions. BIST and its associated centres are committed to pro-active policies on equal opportunities and gender issues.
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