Relevant dates

  • Call opening: 21 June 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 21 August 2021
  • Final Results: 13 December 2021
  • Thesis Projects start: Before 13 March 2022

Call Information

UPM Rector's resolution - Call (in Spanish)

UPM Rector's resolution - Results (in Spanish)

Applicants have a choice of 22 predefined topics and PhD supervisors.

12 positions will be funded.

Call documents

Research Lines


Early-Stage Researchers


Research Lines



SDGine PhD Theses

Industrial Doctorates

The participation of industrial financial partners in PhD theses will lead to the completion of an Industrial Doctorate. Part of the PhD tesis Project will be carried out in the industrial sector.

Employment Conditions

Employment conditions are aligned with the “Charter & Code” for researchers, Spanish and UPM regulations.

The salaries comprise personal income tax arrangements, social security coverage (spouse and children inclussion in the Spanish Healthcare System), and social benefits (parental leave with full pay, contribution to pension fund, severance payment, unemployment benefit, and health and accident insurance).

UPM places particular emphasis on work and family balance.

International Doctorates

ESRs will complete mandatory secondments to obtain the International Doctorate award. A minimum 3 months will be spent in prestigious institutions of higher education, universities or research centers outside Spain.

Working conditions

  • 36-month employment contract with UPM.
  • Status as MSCA fellows for the duration of the 36-month contracts.
  • Incorporation to the corresponding research unit. Office and laboratory space. Collaborative environment.The necessary infrastructure, equipment, and material will be provided for the implementation of the PhD thesis.
  • Academic, industrial, international, national, and regional partnerships.
  • Administrative support.
  • Welcoming service.Career development monitoring and training; attendance and participation in conferences, workshops, and/or courses.
  • Support on job and post-doctoral positions searching. Encouragement of venture creation and self-employment.


  • Call deadline

    21 August 2021

  • Evaluation 1 results

    7 October 2021

  • Interview results

    25  October - 12 November 2021

  • Final results

    13 December 2021

  • Contracts signing

    15 December  2021- 16 March 2022