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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. I obtained my PhD before 2014, can I apply for the Living Planet Fellowship 2019 Call?

The Living Planet Fellowship 2019 Call is addressed to young post-doctoral scientists that completed their PhD after 2014. Unfortunately, if you obtained your PhD before this date, your candidature is not eligible for this programme.

 

2. Can multiple candidates from the same institution be selected if they apply for the fellowships in different calls for proposals?

The selection of a single candidate for any single Organisation is done on a per-call basis. Therefore, it is possible for the same Organization to have selected candidates in two different Calls for Proposals, including in consecutive calls

 

3. I am a postdoctoral researcher at an institute in an ESA Member State, but I hold an international citizenship. Can I apply for the Living Planet Fellowship 2019 Call?

Candidates to the Living Planet Fellowship 2019 Call must have a nationality from an ESA Member State. Candidates not holding such citizenship are not eligible for this programme.

Additionally, the Host Organization must have their registered office in one of the following EOEP-5 Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Canada. 

 

4. I am finishing my PhD and will obtain the degree in 2020 after the start date of the fellowship. Can I apply to the Living Planet Fellowship 2019 Call?

The Candidates must have defended the PhD thesis with positive outcome before the submission deadline (01 November 2019). Candidates that are unable to provide proof of having positively defended the thesis by this date are not eligible for the 2019 Call.

Please note that the Living Planet Fellowship is an annual call. Candidates defending their thesis in 2020 will be eligible to participate in the LPF 2020 Call. 

 

5. The Host Institution is based outside of the ESA Member States but has registered offices in several ESA Member States. Is the Host Institution eligible, if the Candidate will conduct the research in one of these offices?

If the tendering legal entity is registered in and EOEP-5 participating state (i.e. has a legal registration in a participating state’s Companies Registry), then it is eligible to participate in this Call.

EOEP-5 Participating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and Canada.

 

6. In the proposal I have to indicate the list of ESA data to be required to implement the project. Should I indicate a qualitative estimate? Should the request be made before the project? Or do we mean if the project is accepted?

The candidates shall detail in the proposal the complete list of ESA data (including third party missions) that will be required to carry out the project. It is not necessary to make the request before the project is accepted.

 

7. Regarding non-ESA and in-situ data, should these be already available before the project or could I acquire them during the project?

Regarding non-ESA data, the Candidates of Host Organisation shall demonstrate in the proposal the availability of all the required datasets to accomplish the proposed work. Some of these datasets may be acquired during the project. The Candidates will be responsible for accessing the required non-ESA data.

 

8. Is there a minimum budget requirement for this call?

There is no minimum budget requirement for this call.
It is expected that the Host Institute undertakes to carry out research work, through a post-doctoral project, to be carried out by a researcher employed by the Institute.

 

9. I will defend my thesis after the call deadline, but before the start of the fellowship. Am I eligible to apply?

The Candidates for the 2019 Call for Proposals must have defended the PhD thesis with positive outcome before the submission deadline (01 November 2019).

Candidates that are unable to provide proof of having positively defended the thesis by this date are not eligible for the 2019 Call.

Please note that the Living Planet Fellowship is an annual call.

Candidates defending their thesis in 2020 will be eligible to participate in the LPF 2020 Call.