Applicants are invited for AFR PhD Individual Grants to undertake their doctoral training in Luxembourg and abroad. The contribution to the annual salary costs of a PhD candidate amounts to 41.158 € / year2.

Course Level: Grants are available to pursue doctoral training programme.

Eligible Nationalities: Luxembourg and international applicants are eligible to apply for the grants

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must hold a university degree of a recognised higher education institution, allowing them to enter into doctoral training.

Method of Application:

  • The full proposal must be submitted electronically by the AFR candidate via the online submission system before the deadline.
  • In section 6 of the online application, two “TEMPLATES” are provided as word files for download, i.e. the PhD Project Idea and the Joint Declaration. The PhD project itself does not need to be developed in detail before the application, this is why the FNR only requests a maximum of two pages’ project description. The PhD project shall be developed by the doctoral candidate with the support of the supervisor during the first 6-8 months following the start of the PhD.
  • Overall, the AFR application consists of the following sections:
  • A form to be completed online related to the sections hereafter:
  • Section 1: Applicant’s details.
  • Section 2: Host Institution’s Details and Collaborating Institution’s Details.
  • Section 3: Research Project and Project Framework.
  • Section 4: Legal and Ethical Requirements.
  • Section 5: Type of Grant.
  • Section 6: ‘Attachments’ – comprising the following documents to be converted to PDF and uploaded:
  •  PhD project idea (TEMPLATE provided).
  • Motivation letter by the candidate (max. 1 page; no template provided).
  • Applicant’s CV (max. 2 pages; no template provided).
  • Copy of Passport, and copies of degree certificates and statement of courses and marks (‘relevé de notes’) (no template provided, but documents need to be in English, French or German or provided as an official translation in one of these languages).
  • PhD Registration (if already available. The PhD registration can be provided later, but it needs to be available before the start of the grant).
  • Supervisor(s) CV(s): max 4 pages. The supervisor(s) CV(s) must contain the following:
  • A list of most relevant publications (maximum 10).
  • A list of most recent publications (maximum 10).
  • A list of PhD theses (co-)supervised and currently being (co-)supervised (where possible, with time to degree, scientific impact (e.g. the number of publications resulting from the PhD, etc.), and information on the doctoral graduates’ further career development). Supervised PhD candidates having benefitted from AFR funding need to be highlighted.
    Support letter by the supervisor and description of the research and training environment (or joint support letter in case of (co-)supervision; max. 3 pages, no template provided).
  • Additional documents (if applicable):
  • Residence certificate (only for AFR Outgoing who are not Lux. nationals).
  • The explanation for part-time PhD (if applicable).
  • Joint Declaration by the applicant and the Host Institution (TEMPLATE provided).
  • The template has to be downloaded, signed by the parties, converted to PDF and uploaded.
  • NOTE: Incomplete applications will be turned down without further evaluation!

Online Application

Scholarship Link

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15, 2018