SPAIN: 4 Postdoctoral MSCA Fellowships in Prehistory and Human Evolution studies - R2STAIR


4 Postdoctoral grants in Prehistory and Human Evolution studies

As a MSCA fellowship the researchers will work in their own projects under supervision during a two-years contract. R2STAIR H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020 Programme is planned to boost the career prospective of junior R2 fellows (PhD holders who are not fully independent yet) by training their previous skills through the entire research life cycle in Prehistory and Human Evolution studies (from fieldwork to a societal impact through heritage enhancement).

Application Deadline: 23/06/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels


R2STAIR has the collaboration of different Partner Organisations (Research Institutes, Universities, Museums and City Councils), willing to host specialised secondments, as well as to provide short and medium internships, with specific first-hand training in ongoing processes of heritagisation promoted by IPHES-CERCA.

However, according to the 'Individual driven mobility principle', the applicants in accordance with her/his supervisor/s are free to choose other alternative entities to complete a mandatory secondment and internship in her/his project.

R2STAIR are primarily based on a list of 22 potential supervisors from IPHES-CERCA senior research staff to cover the supervision in 7 research areas belonging to the programme. In addition, in R2STAIR there is a list of potential Host Institutions and co-supervisors for the secondments.

However, according to the 'Individual driven mobility principle', the proposals can involve other entities from the secondment and also other co-supervisors, in a previous agreement with the main IPHES-CERCA supervisor and a proved approval by a specific official letter of acceptance from the proposed co-supervisor and her/his Host Secondment.


R2STAIR-COFUND Fellows will be hired in a 24 months contract under the Spanish employment regulation and its public social security system, including illness leave and medical coverage, parental leave, and vacation days.

Through their contracts, fellows will be affiliated to the Spanish Social Security General Regime and will be covered, according to the law and legal regulations at that time taking into account their personal circumstances, in aspects such as public health care coverage and medical assistance, temporary/ permanent disability, maternity/ paternity and others. The fellows will be assisted to get the European Health Card or equivalent when performing secondments or short visits.

To cover the costs of the contracts there is an average budget of 3,836€/month for each fellow, included Spanish social security costs (33%). As a consequence, the average gross monthly salary will be of 2,800€/month as Living and mobility allowance, equivalent to a net salary of 2,125€/month according to the Spanish tax system. Additionally, each fellow will receive an end-of-contract pay-out of 2.220€.

Eligibility criteria

  • Researchers of any nationality are eligible. Candidates must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Research experience: applicants must have their doctoral degree less than 4 years prior to the deadline for applications. Exceptions will be made for documented periods of parental leave or serious illness. Other equivalent exceptions may be considered when properly documented and motivated by the applicant, e.g., in case of candidates from underdeveloped countries, minorities, and refugees.

  • Mobility requirements: researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the R2STAIR 2nd call deadline on 23 June 2022 - 17:00 (Brussels time).

  • At least two publications as first author or corresponding author in journals indexed by the Web of Science or Scopus at the time of the call deadline. Only accepted and/or published papers with a DOI are eligible.

Selection process

An evaluation process of 4 steps will be carried out to arrive to a short list of twelve (12) interviewed candidates for each wave to grant four (4) contracts:

Step 1: Eligibility check.

Step 2: Evaluation of research projects Evaluation of CVs and motivation letters by 3 reviewers of a external Panel of Experts. At this point, twelve (12) candidates will opt to four (4) contracts.

Step 3: Personal interviews, which will be made using on-line platforms.

Step 4: Final ranking. A final list of awarded and reserve candidates.

Further information is available in the Guide for Applicants.


Additional comments

IPHES-CERCA will offer support to all applicants during the entire period from application preparation stage until the end of the Fellowship and beyond, where appropriate. Applicants and Fellows can benefit of a range of services offered by the Catalan node of Euraxess which provides information on a range of issues and areas affecting researchers, such as immigration and visas, employment law, healthcare, childcare, social services and life in Catalonia.

IPHES-CERCA has established a welcome and integration plan for new members, with special support and information for international researchers. To develop the proposed research, fellows will be given access to the needed IPHES-CERCA facilities, with 10 laboratories dedicated to archaeological and palaeoecological research (sample preparation, analysis, and conservation), fully equipped and available to the fellowships.

Application Deadline: 23/06/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels


application guide