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EU offers €600m for doctoral training programmes

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Funding under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions aims to boost careers of 2,400 researchers

The European Commission is to make almost €609 million available to support job creation, training and skills development for doctoral candidates.

The funding will allow consortia of organisations, called Doctoral Networks, to recruit and train doctoral candidates. It is expected to support 160 different programmes.

Iliana Ivanova, the EU’s research commissioner, encouraged “organisations from all sectors to apply and build strategic partnerships to attract the top research talent that we need in Europe”.

Enriching career opportunities

The funding is being distributed through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the EU’s doctoral and postdoctoral training scheme. It is part of the €1.25 billion that the EU’s research programme Horizon Europe is making available through this scheme in 2024.

Ivanova said the networks would enhance the quality of doctoral education across Europe and worldwide. “These innovative networks provide researchers with transferable skills, enriching their career opportunities and boosting their international connections.”

About 2,400 researchers are expected to be offered jobs and training through the scheme, which will concentrate on interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral cooperation.

The scheme includes specific incentives to develop joint doctorates and industrial doctorates.

Prospective applicants can attend a dedicated virtual information day on 7 June. The deadline for applications is 27 November.