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ICE welcomes La Caixa Fellowships applicants

22 July 2021

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) has become host institution for applicants to La Caixa Fellowships.

Following the reception of the 'María de Maeztu' seal of excellence, the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) has become an eligible host institution for applicants to La Caixa Fellowships, incoming, this same year.

Deadline for applications for the Junior Leader Incoming Fellowships is October 7, 2021. Details can be found here.


The candidates should be outstanding experienced researchers in terms of the originality and significance of their contributions in their scientific discipline, as well as having the leadership skills to head their own research group.
These fellowships are intended to consolidate comprehensive training encompassing scientific, technical and complementary skills that will help them to tap into their potential as independent researchers and leaders of the new generation of researchers.

  • Applicants should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline of the call for applications.
  • Candidates must not have have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately preceding the closing date of the call.

About the 'Maria de Maeztu' Excellence Distinction

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) obtained the María de Maeztu seal of excellence last week, a distinction that recognizes the centers and units that carry out highly competitive cutting-edge research and that are among the best in the world in their respective scientific areas. Along with this distinction, ICE will receive two million euros and eight pre-doctoral contracts in the upcoming years.

The Spanish State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, or AEI), dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN), provisionally resolved the call for the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Centers and Units of Excellence programme last Friday, July 16, 2021. These recognitions are aimed at funding and accrediting research centers and units, from any scientific area, which are able to prove scientific impact and leadership at an international level and actively collaborate with their social and business environment.

About La Caixa's Junior Leader Incoming Fellowships

La Caixa's postdoctoral fellowship programme is aimed at hiring excellent researchers—of any nationality—who are willing to continue their research career in the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), in Spanish or Portuguese territory, at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or Maria de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Salud Carlos III and units evaluated as excellent by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal.