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What Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) stands for in H2020?

ESR means Early-Stage Researchers. ESRs shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Can Experienced Researchers be recruited in MOGLYNET?

No. Experienced Researchers cannot be recruited in any of the HORIZON-MSCA-ITN modes: ETN, EID and EJD. Therefore they cannot be recruited in MOGLYNET.

Is it possible to apply to more than one MOGLYNET research project?

Yes. Applications can be made to as many research projects as wished. The Selection Board will choose the best suited research project among those selected by the applicant.

Shall fellows be appointed for the maximum 36-month period under MOGLYNET?

MOGLYNET is a doctoral research programme and therefore Early-Stage Researchers shall be appointed for the maximum 36-month period.

Is it possible to arrange secondments to partner organisations in the same country where the PhD is hosted?

Yes, it is. However, please remember that the international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary dimension is an important part of HORIZON-MSCA-ITN.

Is it compulsory for the ESRs enrolled in one of MOGLYNET PhDs to defend their thesis within 3 years?

No. However, in cases when a doctoral degree is awarded after 3 years or even after the end of the project the REA may check if the doctoral research and training programme was completed.

What contract shall the ESRs will be entitled to?

As a rule the ESRs should be recruited under a full-time contract. Part-time employment must be agreed in advance and is allowed only for personal or family reasons of an ESR.

What is the definition of the date of recruitment and how does the mobility rule apply to it?

The time of recruitment is when the appointment of the fellow is formalised. As there are differences in the procedure of employment between countries, the definition of this date remains flexible. It can be either the date on the formal letter offering the position under the project, the start date of the work under the project or the date of signature of the contract.

How is the family status taken into account during the recruitment and is it possible to modify it in the course of the project (e.g. if an ESR has a child)?

Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. The family status of the individual ESR is determined at the time of recruitment and does not change during the lifetime of the project.

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