ADAPTED PhD Positions for Early Career Researchers (15 Open ESR Positions)

Funded by  the European Union, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) and a partner university, Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) will be recruiting for 15 open ESR PhD positions under the ADAPTED project. Applications are welcomed from early career researchers (Masters holders).

ADAPTED is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. This project investigates the way in which international law shapes the relationship between states’ human rights obligations with regard to achieving the SDG’s and their tax policies.

Scholarship Sponsor(s):  European Union

Scholarships to be taken at: Vrije University (Netherland) and Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)

Scholarships level: PhD

Scholarships Worth:  Fully-funded

Subject Eligibility: Economics, Social or Political Science, Law

Country/Candidate Eligibility: International Students


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ADAPTED PhD Positions for Early Career Researchers | OBJECTIVES

The Overarching Aim of the EJD ADAPTED is to deliver high-level training with intersectoral relevance in

  • validating pathways towards poverty eradication,
  • analysing interactions between poverty reduction and other policy areas
  • and optimising the impact of poverty reduction policies

to high achieving early stage researchers (ESRs) to bridge the existing knowledge gap in understanding poverty dynamics and by equipping the ESRs with a unique skills portfolio that is equally attractive for research institutions, development organisations and internationally active firms.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recruiting is in accordance with the European rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN regulations for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).
  • Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out any main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting university for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to being recruited as ESR.
  • In addition, applicants must have less than 4 years of postgraduate research experience at the time of recruitment.


Successful candidates will be offered a full-time position for a duration of 36 months. In accordance with the MSCA regulations for ESRs the salary includes the following elements:

  • Living allowance: basic, gross amount before taxation and compulsory deductions for contributions to social insurance schemes according to national law. These deductions include the employee’s plus the employer’s share to social insurance schemes!
    The basic gross amount of the living allowance is EUR 3 270 per month. To ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity, this amount is then adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient based on the country in which the ESR will be recruited. For more details, please refer to the FAQ section of this website.
  • Mobility allowance of EUR 600 per month
  • Family allowance of EUR 500 per month for ESRs who have a family (persons linked to the researcher by marriage or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher) at the time of recruitment.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply:  Please submit your application electronically (one pdf-file) by email to adapted@rub.de, however, applicants should select from the open ESR positions to find out specific application instructions for each position.

Document Requirements:

  • Motivation letter (max. 2 pages) which includes a statement explaining the interest in the particular ESR project the application is referring to (1st priority ESR). Applicants interested in more than just one ESR project should share this information in the motivation letter by indicating a 2nd and max. 3rd
  • Current CV (please use the Europass template)
  • Certified copies of relevant university degree certificates and related detailed transcripts of records.
  • Recognised English language proficiency certificate (equivalent to CEFR level C1 = TOEFL 94, IELTS 7)
  • Short literature review (4-5 pages) linked to the topic of the ESR project which is the 1st priority of the applicant.
  • At least two current academic recommendation letters
  • Copy of the passport valid at least until the end of 2021. Applicants with two or more nationalities can use just one passport and apply only once.

Application Deadline: Non-extendable deadline for applications is 31.03.2021 at 23:00 pm (GET).

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