Apply for a PhD @ CRG

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Apply now to boost your scientific career at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. The CRG is a center of excellence with international teams representing a broad range of disciplines, with first-class core technologies to support the research projects, a wide range of seminars given by high-profile invited speakers, and courses on complementary and transferable skills integrated with the training programme.

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On the application form, you will be able to indicate up to two opportunities for which you wish to be considered.

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Friday, 15th December 2023 3pm CET

In this call, we offer 17 fully funded PhD fellowships in the following CRG labs:

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should fulfill the following eligibility criteria at the time of the call deadline. If it becomes clear before, during, or after the evaluation phase that one or more of the eligibility criteria have not been fulfilled, the proposal will be declared ineligible and withdrawn from further examination.

  • The call is open to candidates of any nationality.
  • Candidates must have obtained a University Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in biomedical sciences within the European Higher Education System (minimum 300 ECTS) or an equivalent University Degree that allows to start a PhD thesis in Spain. Candidates who expect to be awarded with such a degree by September 2024 are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have an excellent academic record, previous research experience, and a strong commitment to scientific research.
  • Candidates must have a high working knowledge of English.
  • Candidates invited to previous CRG PhD call interviews are not eligible.
  • Candidates performing their Masters at the CRG are not eligible.
  • Candidates may not have worked at the CRG for more than 3 months before the call deadline.

How to apply

  • Applications must be submitted online - no applications by email will be considered. 
  • Candidates must register in order to use the online application system.
  • The online application form requests all of the necessary information for the initial stages of the selection process (General information, education, academic transcripts, scholarships, prizes and awards, research experience, scientific interests and reference letters).
  • If the academic transcripts are not in Catalan, Spanish or English applicants should also attach a translation in one of the above-mentioned languages.
  • Two reference letters will be automatically requested from the referees proposed by the candidate through the online system.
  • Applicants should select a maximum of 2 CRG labs in which they would like to start a PhD.
  • Candidates must ensure that all information and documents are included before the deadline, including the reference letters. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgment of receipt will be automatically sent by e-mail to the applicant.

For any additional information, please check the FAQs. 

Selection process

The selection of the fellows will be based on the candidates' academic qualifications and research excellence.

  • Pre-selection: The pre-selection will be based on the candidate's application, reference letters, research interests, motivation, and fit to the selected labs. If the candidate is pre-selected, she/he will be invited to an online panel interview via Zoom on the 29th of January 2024. If successfully passes the panel interview, the candidate will be invited to Barcelona for the presential interviews.
  • Presential interviews: The interviews will take place from the 5th to the 7th of March 2024 at the CRG in Barcelona. Accommodation and flight tickets will be provided. Please be aware that during all those days, interviews and presentations will take place. Full details regarding the interview process will be sent to invited candidates.
  • Notification to candidates: Offers will be made to the successful candidates shortly after the interview. Successful candidates would be expected to start the PhD latest by October 2024.

CRG PhD Call Timeline

Fellowships available

Selected PhD students will receive an annual work contract with a competitive salary for a maximum of 4 years following the applicable national regulations. All PhD students will receive full health and occupational insurance coverage and will be included in the Spanish Social Security System.


We are organizing two online events to discuss what to take into consideration when looking for a PhD position.  These workshops will be delivered by the Training & Academic Office (TAO).
To participate in the event registration is needed.

ONLINE WORKSHOP - Envision Your Research Future – How to choose a lab for your PhD & CRG opportunities

  • Friday 10th November 10am CET - REGISTRATION HERE
  • Friday 15th December 3pm CET -  REGISTRATION HERE


For any additional information, please contact the CRG Training & Academic Office at: