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IRB Barcelona International PhD Fellowship 2023

For the 2023-2024 academic year, IRB Barcelona is offering up to 9 PhD fellowships for young scientists from the national and international community who wish to undertake a doctoral degree in biomedicine. We encourage applications from highly motivated graduates with outstanding qualifications in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, pharmacology, computational biology or related fields. Successful candidates will join research groups headed by top-level scientists and will carry out their research in cutting-edge fields of biomedicine in a stimulating environment.

Call closed

The following will be offered in this call:

  • Up to 7 FPI positions (FPI-Project) associated with the “Proyectos de Generación de Conocimiento 2022” Call (funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación AEI- MICINN).
  • Two groups, each offering funding for a PhD researcher.
  • Joint position at the Amino acid Transporters and Disease Group (Manuel Palacín) and the Quantitative Stem Cell Dynamics Group (Alejo Rodriguez-Fraticelli)

Check out IRB Barcelona groups participating:




  1. The programme is aimed at students who have completed one of the following options by September 2023:
    1. studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Medicine, Chemistry or related fields and that have 300 credits (ECTS), of which at least 60 must correspond to master level.
    2. a degree in a non-Spanish university not adapted to the European Higher Education Area and that gives access to doctoral studies in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Physics, Medicine, Chemistry or related fields in Spain.
  2. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit, on the basis of their curricula. The academic grades and curriculum vitae of each applicant are evaluated, as well as recommendation letters and a motivation letter. No selection criteria for positive or negative discrimination are applied.

How to apply

Applicants should complete and submit the online form. More information regarding the application can be found in the “Useful Information” tab.

Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents in English: *Please note that all the documents provided should be in PDF format.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) highlighting your research experience and academic achievements and explaining why you are interested in IRB Barcelona and in a particular research group.
  • A scanned copy of the student’s certified Academic Record. These documents must show the grades attained in exam periods. If the certified academic records are not in Spanish or English applicants should also attach a translation in one of the above mentioned languages.
  • Any additional files considered relevant to the application
  • Two recommendation letters from university lecturers or scientists with who the applicant has studied or worked. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that referees submit these letters. Applications not supported by these letters will not be eligible.

Please indicate the Research Group(s) to which you wish to apply (up to 4).

Research Groups

More information on the research activities of each group can be found on the IRB Barcelona webpage.

For more information, please, contact

Selection procedure

Students are selected from a pool of highly qualified international applicants on the basis of academic and technical excellence.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of IRB Barcelona group leaders and members of the IRB Barcelona PhD Advisory Committee. Short-listed candidates will receive invitations to visit IRB Barcelona for interviews during April 2023. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and accommodation will be provided. Teleconference interviews will be used only for candidates with prior commitments that cannot be rearranged and that thus prevent them from travelling to Barcelona.

Offers of admission will be made to the successful candidates shortly after the interview period. Students should expect to take up their positions at IRB Barcelona from September 2023.

Applicants who have not been successful but who have received a positive evaluation will be put on a waiting list to cover possible renunciations and future positions.


Call opening: 29 November 2022

Deadline for candidacies: 20 January 2023

Deadline for referees: 23 January 2023

Remote evaluation:  15 February 2023

Interviews at IRB: 19-20 April 2023

Notification to candidates:  25 April 2023

Start date of fellowships: from September 2023