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Ref: Call for PhD Fellowships issued by Spanish Government.
To whom it may concern,
The Spanish Ministerio de Educación issued on January 24 2011 a call for
PhD fellowships under the Formacion de Personal Universitario (FPU)
program. The call was published officially on Boletin Oficial del Estado
number 20, Sect. III, pags 7521-7552, regulation number 1307
corresponding to order EDU 61/2011 of January 20.
Article 27 (Chapter III) establishes the requirements for the
candidates. Point 27.5 reads (p. 7539):
5. Los estudiantes extranjeros deberán estar en posesión del NIE, o del
registro de ciudadano de la Unión con anterioridad a la publicación de
That is, non Spanish citizens have either to have a Spanish Foreigner
Identification Number (NIE) or have to be registered in the Register for
UE citizens living in Spain prior to the publication of the call.
This is confirmed in instructions for applicants available at the
official web page
item "Solicitud", sub-item "Procedimiento de solicitud y documentacion"
where point 4.1 explicitly indicates that European Citizens are required
to have a NIE or be registered in the Register for UE citizens living in
So, in my understanding, while Spanish citizens are not required to be
residents in Spain at the time of the call, citizens of other EU
countries can not apply for the call except if they are already
registered as residents or has previously successfully applied for a NIE.
I therefore respectfully would like to bring this issue to your
a) UE citizens do not seem to be treated on equal basis as Spanish
b) This requirement does not seems to promote mobility within the
European Union, on the contrary it might be detrimental on that
respect. In practice requirement 27.5 may strongly limit the
opportunities for UE PhD students to apply for it.
c) It seems that UE citizens are not even given the opportunity to come
to Spain and register or to apply for a NIE in order to be eligible
candidates, since the requirement of being registered has to be
fulfilled prior to the call itself, not prior to the call deadline or
prior to starting the fellowship.
It is important to notice that the preamble the official call explicitly
states (p. 7251, fourth paragraph):
"Cabe señalar al respecto que estas becas y contratos están enmarcadas
en al ámbito de aplicación del Real Decreto 63/2006, de 27 de enero, por
el que se aprueba el Estatuto del personal investigador en formación e,
igualmente, en la Recomendación de la Comisión de las Comunidades
Europeas relativa a la Carta Europea del Investigador y al Código de
Conducta para la contratación de investigadores (EEE/2005/251/CE). En
dicho documento se hace referencia a la formación de los investigadores
en el Espacio Europeo de Investigación, desde el inicio de la misma como
estudiantes de posgrado."
That is, this call is within the frame of the European Commission
Recommendation on hiring researchers 2005/251. In the preamble of
2005/251, items (11), (12) and (14) state:
"(11) All forms of mobility should be encouraged as part of a
comprehensive human resource policy in R&D at national, regional and
"(12) The value of all forms of mobility needs to be fully recognised in
the career appraisal and career advancement systems for researchers,
thus guaranteeing that such an experience is conducive to their
"(14) Funders or employers of researchers in their role as recruiters
should be responsible for providing researchers with open, transparent
and internationally comparable selection and recruitment procedures."
Apparently, requirement 27.5 of the FPU call does not seem to reconcile
with the above indicated points.
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