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CITI-GENS Ph.D Fellowship Programme 2021 for International Early Stage Researchers

The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving and Networked Societies – CITI-GENS PhD Fellowship is open for applications. The CITI-GENS programme at Queen’s University Belfast is a MSCA COFUND Doctoral Training Programme. It will recruit and train 20 outstanding international early stage researchers (ESRs) who will be transformed into a professional and skilled cohort addressing global challenges aligned to the themes of the Belfast Region City Deal innovation ecosystem.

In seeking to address societal challenges in new ways and with new technologies, the CITI-GENS ESRs will engage with methodologies at the forefront of current practice in innovation, notably design thinking.  Adopting the 3i approach, ESRs chosen for CITI-GENS will combine their advanced disciplinary excellence with capacity for genuinely interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international quality research involving the capacities of QUB and our non-HEI partners.

The themes of the Belfast Region City Deal innovation ecosystem include:

  • Information Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative Industries

In seeking to address societal challenges in new ways and with new technologies, the CITI-GENS ESRs will engage with methodologies at the forefront of current practice in innovation, notably design thinking. Adopting the 3i approach, ESRs chosen for CITI-GENS will combine their advanced disciplinary excellence with capacity for genuinely interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international quality research involving the capacities of QUB and our non-HEI partners.

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Queen's University Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university received its charter in 1845 as "Queen's College, Belfast" and opened four years later. Queen's University Belfast is ranked in the top 173 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020), with the second highest ranking on the island of Ireland. Queen's offers academic degrees at various levels and across a broad subject range, with more than 300 degree programmes available Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities, the Association of Commo... read more


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Queen’s University Belfast CITI-GENS Ph.D Fellowship Programme


Aim and Benefits of Queen’s University Belfast CITI-GENS Ph.D Fellowship Programme

  1. CITI-GENS ESRs will be employees of Queen’s University Belfast while completing their doctoral study and thus enjoy a wide range of opportunities and benefits.
  2. They will receive full social security coverage, ensuring them access to healthcare and will have full membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme.
  3. ESRs will also benefit from other general conditions for QUB staff members such as annual leave entitlement (23 days), child care vouchers and the Perks Card.

Requirements for Queen’s University Belfast CITI-GENS Ph.D Fellowship Programme Qualification

  1. Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject
  2. Preferably a completed Master’s in a relevant discipline.
  3. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University isrequired

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Application Deadline

July 10, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Queen’s University Belfast on www.qub.ac.uk to apply

The application process for the CITI-GENS Programme is different to other PhD application processes for Queen’s University, Belfast.

For more details, visit Queen's university Belfast website



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