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Doctoral Training Scholarships

Ayudas predoctorales

There is a wide range of pre-doctoral scholarships that cover tuition fees (part or all of them) and may on occasion allow UC3M to offer the candidate a work contract as a research assisstant.

Each awarding body has its own deadlines, application process and selection criteria. 

Besides applying for financial aid, it is necessary to submit an application to the UC3M Ph.D. Program, since awarding bodies will require candidates to provide proof of acceptance to a Ph.D. Program during the application process.

Doctoral research will be carried out as part of the Ph.D. Program in which the student is enrolled, under the supervision of the assigned tutor and advisor. Research and teaching activity will be conducted at the Department or Institute where the contract is based.

The following is a list of the most common pre-doctoral scholarships:

1. Financial aids for university faculty training (FPU) | Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid receives these funds on an annual basis to cover for employment contracts for Ph.D. students of any area of research during a maximum of four years. The scholarship enables recipients to become a part of the teaching staff of the Spanish higher education and scientific research system.

The aid covers a work contract as a teaching assistant and Ph.D. monitoring fees (€ 390, according to tuition fees established for the current academic year).

The selection process consists of two competitive stages. New scholarships will be awarded prior to the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Current call for applications: November 2021. Application period: November 22 through December 17, 2021 (2 pm, CET).


New!: In this call for applications, admission to a doctoral program must be accredited at the time of acceptance of the scholarship (September/October 2022).

Example: If you wish to apply to the PhD program with the FPU scholarship from the beginning, you must apply first for the FPU scholarship during the aforementioned application period (November 22 through December 17, 2021), then apply for admission to a PhD program from February 1, 2022.


Call for applications


2. Financial aids for predoctoral training contracts 2020 (former FPI scholarships) | Ministerios de Ciencia e Innovación y Universidades


These scholarships received on an annual basis by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid to fund employment contracts for Ph.D. candidates up to a maximum of four years. This financial aid is offered by the National Sub-Programme for Training of the National Programme for Promotion of Talent and Employability in the framework of the Spanish National Plan for Scientifc and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020, which aims at increasing the quantity and quality of new doctors.

The aid covers a work contract of the Ph.D. candidate and a €6,860 educational grant covering academic fees (Ph.D. monitoring fees plus complementary, cross-curricular and specific training), and research visits.

Scholarships will be awarded within 6 months from the date of the last call for applications.


Latest call for applications: October 2021. Application period: October 28 through November 11, 2021 (14:00 h., CET).

New: Electronic signature is required for applicants located in the Spanish territory.

Further information

3. UC3M Scholarships

Pre-doctoral research training scholarships (PIPF)


Scholarships established by the Faculty Vice-chancellorship at UC3M. Recipients join the UC3M departments and Ph.D. programs under a research training contract.

There are two main application periods during the academic year:

  1.  April. These scholarships are awarded in July. Recipients join the department in September;
  2.  October. These scholarships are awarded in January. Recipients join the department in February.

These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The aid covers a work contract as a teaching assistant, Ph.D. monitoring fees (390€ according to tuition fees for the last academic year) and 6 credits for complementary or cross-curricular training.


Current call for applications: October 2022. Application period: October 24th through November 7th, 2022.


Further information about UC3M pre-doctoral research training scholarships (Predoctoral section)



Scholarships for predoctoral contracts funded by research projects


Scholarships for doctoral thesis developed in the framework of UC3M research projects

There are two main application periods during the year academic:

  1.  April. These scholarships are awarded in July. Recipients join the department in September.
  2.  October. These scholarships are awarded in January. Recipients join the department in February.

The aid covers a work contract as a research assistant.


Last call for applications: March 2022. Application period: March 17thd through 26th, 2022, inclusive.



Further information about UC3M scholarships for pre-doctoral contracts funded by research projects (Predoctoral section)

4. Industrial Ph.D. Financial Aids


Aids for Industrial Ph.D. CAM


The objective of these financial aids is to promote the collaboration and transference of knowledge between academia and corporations with the recruitment of young researchers. An Industrial Ph.D. enable these students to join corporations once the financial aid has expired, thus contributing to a stronger research work and competitiveness of companies in Madrid.

The recipients are both the academic institution (which receives funds to cover tuition fees, equipment, etc.) and the companies (as employer of the Ph.D. candidate). The maximum duration of these financial aids is 3 years.

Current call for applications: May 2022. Application period: May 6th through 27th, 2022 (3 pm, Spain peninsular time, CEST).


Further information


Aids for the recruiting of researchers in training at companies (Industrial Ph.D.) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation


The objective of these aids is to train doctors in companies by co-financing the labour contracts of trainee research staff participating in an industrial research or experimental development project being carried out in companies, in which their doctoral thesis will be framed, in order to favour the labour insertion of researchers in companies from the beginning of their professional careers, contribute to the employability of these researchers and promote the incorporation of talent to the productive fabric in order to increase its competitiveness.

The recipients of these aids are the companies, which receive funding for tuition fees (1.500€), stays (up to 2.400€), and the salary of the Ph.D. candidate under contract. The maximum duration of these financial aids is 4 years.

Last call for applications: February 2022. Application period: February 3rd through 24, 2022


Further information

5. Other Scholarships

La Caixa

Obra Social La Caixa scholarships cover a work contract for the Ph.D. candidate in training.

Current call for applications: December 2022. Application deadline: February 16, 2023 (2:00 pm, Peninsular Spain Time)

Further information on La Caixa scholarships


Fundación Carolina

Fundación Carolina scholarships cover the Ph.D. training of students from member states of the Comunidad Iberoamericana de Naciones.

The aid covers:

  • €1200 per month for living costs (maintenance and accommodation)
  • 3 economy class plane tickets from the capital of the Ph.D. candidate's home country (one ticket per academic year).
  • Academic fees (Ph.D. monitoring fees plus complementary, cross-curricular and specific training)
  • Health insurance. Prescription drug coverage not included.


Current call for applications: deadline April 7th, 2022, inclusive.

Further information on Fundación Carolina scholarships