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15 Early Stage Researchers (solidarities in diversity)

The SOLiDi consortium is looking for 15 doctoral researchers to analyse how solidarities in diversity can be nurtured.

SOLiDi is looking for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to write a doctoral thesis on solidarities in diversity and participate in an international and interdisciplinary training network of 10 academic beneficiaries and 23 partner organisations. ESRs will be employed for 36 months by a host institution and are required to take up academic and non-academic secondments within the training network. The aim of the network is to articulate a new vision on solidarity adapted to superdiverse societies and to better equip professionals and organisations with adequate and innovative tools for facilitating solidarity in diversity. Through joint training events doctoral researchers will be supported to develop innovative approaches on how to generate and sustain solidarities across cultural boundaries, taking the proximity of citizens with different ethnic-cultural backgrounds in specific places and the practices they engage in as starting point and taking into account social inequalities and uneven power relations. The SOLiDi training program will combine in depth training on the state of the art in sociology, geography and educational science on solidarity in diversity with training in organizational strategies and policy-making and public pedagogies. This combination is aimed at producing a cohort of academically trained ‘social’ innovators, which acquire already during their PhD training the transferable skills to translate academic insights into social change.


  • ESRs will be employed by the host organisation for 36 months
  • ESRs are offered a competitive salary, plus allowances. Moreover, funding is available for technical and personal skills training and participation in international research events.
  • ESRs will benefit from the designed training programme offered by the hosting organisations and the SOLiDi consortium.
  • ESRs will participate actively in international secondments to other organisations within the SOLiDi network and in outreach activities targeted at a broad audience.

General requirements

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary research and have strong analytical skills.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and a team player.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • Applicants can be of any nationality, but have to comply with H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria.

H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria

H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

H2020 MSCA ESR eligibility criteria: Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must be, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, 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 the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/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, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).

More information about eligibility criteria and the selection process can be found here.

The overview of the individual ESR PhD positions can be found here.