PhD Fellowships (PRC) PhD Fellowships (PRC)

The Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra seeks doctoral applications from talented students with a strong interest in research. Candidates for PhD positions must hold an M.Sc degree or equivalent.


DTIC Research Positions 2017-2018

These fellowships are considered as Predoctoral Research Contracts (PRC), due to the approval of the Spanish law 14/2011 on Science, Technology and Innovation.

Applications are invited for the DTIC fellowships, which are targeted at exceptional predoctoral researchers in the DTIC's research areas. The fellowship provides a recognized first step into a research career.

We highly encourage that, before applying, each candidate identifies one or several DTIC research supervisor with whom he/she would like to work and contact them. Support from a potential research supervisor is very important during the fellowship selection process (and to get admitted to the PhD program, too).

Host institution:

Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Research Areas

Students will pursue doctoral studies in one of the Research Areas of the department which include Cognition, Computation and Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Theoretical Computer Science, Natural Language Processing, Ubiquitous Computing, Information Retrieval and Data Mining, Cognitive Multimedia Technologies, Image Processing and Computer Vision, Image Processing for Enhanced Cinematography, Sound and Music Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Graphics and Educational Technologies, Network Technologies and Strategies, Wireless Communications, Information Theory and Coding, Computational Neuroscience, Instrumentation and Biomedical Electronics, Computational Imaging and Computational Physiology, Analysis of Biomedical Data and Non-Linear Signal Analysis.


Application Period 2016-2017

First PhD application period: November 28th, 2016 to January, 16th, 2017       Resolution 

Second PhD application period: January, 17th, 2017 to March, 10th, 2017        Resolution 

Third PhD application period: March, 11th, 2017 to April, 28th, 2017               Resolution 

Fourth PhD application period: April 29th, 2017 to June, 1st, 2017                  Resolution 

Early applications are very much encouraged. In particular, we highly recommend candidates coming from outside the EU to apply before the last Application Period

How to apply

• Fill the application form

• For any consults contact to

Duration of the fellowship (PRC)

Maximum four years, renewed yearly.


Candidates must have submitted a PhD application. Only candidates accepted to the PhD program are eligible a fellowship (PRC). Hence, every fellowship application should be paired up with an admissions application into the PhD program. Admissions to the PhD program are handled by the University Admission Office.


Types of fellowship (PRC):

There are 3 possible types of predoctoral contracts with established minimum gross monthly salary of 986,76€. This amount can vary according to the research group:
TEACHING : 1) including 60 teaching hours/academic year*. Fellowship fully paid by departament
                    2) including 40 teaching hours /academic year* and research tasks. Fellowship funded between department and research group
RESEARCH: 3) includes only research tasks and is funded ONLY by  research group.
Non-EU students will have a reduction of 24% the three first months (till December, if the contract starts in October). The corresponding taxes will be deducted from January when the new fiscal year starts.
Only EU students can reduce this tax to 19% presenting a certificate of fiscal resident from their country.
* Teaching hours will be carried out at UPF undergraduate engineering degrees according to the PhD student background. A knowledge of Spanish or Catalan will be required after the first year of fellowships for those teaching in 1st or 2nd year.

Fees covered by the fellowship (PRC)

Both types of fellowships/PRC include the annual tutorship fees, but not the administrative fees neither the fees for validations of degrees issued by a university outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) without homologation. Check here for further information.Fees covered by the fellowship (PRC)

The year salary gets an increase of 6% during the 3rd year and 20% during the 4th year.

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