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 2018-2019

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

First PhD application period: November 27th, 2017 to January, 15th, 2018 (Resolution)       

Second PhD application period: January, 16th, 2018 to March, 5th, 2018       

Third PhD application period: March, 6th, 2018 to April, 19th, 2018             

Fourth PhD application period: April 20th, 2018 to June, 1st, 2018 

Fifth PhD application period: June, 2nd, 2018 to September, 14th, 2018*

*The contracts of the people admitted on this period will start on November, 1st, 2018.

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 996,63€. This amount can vary according to the research group:
  1. Teaching PRC includes a teaching assistance load of 60 hours per academic year.

  2. Teaching-Project PRC includes a teaching assistance load of 40 hours per academic year plus some tasks related to the funded project the PhD candidate joins.

  3. Project PRC includes tasks linked to the funded project the PhD candidate joins.

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.

Other grants