“la Caixa” Foundation postdoctoral fellowships at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía

July 31, 2018, from David Williams

Dear colleagues,

“La Caixa” Foundation is launching two Junior Leader postdoctoral fellowships programmes for researchers of all nationalities: the “Retaining” fellowship, to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain, and the “Incoming” fellowship, to conduct a research project only at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa distinction of excellence.


La Caixa Foundation has confirmed us that the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), as a new accredited Severo Ochoa centre, can also host the “Incoming” postdoctoral fellows, provided that the formal decision from the Ministry is published before the deadline, 26 September 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Central European Time – CET). Therefore the risk exists that candidates for the “Incoming” fellowships at the IAA may prepare their documentation and finally are not eligible.

Researchers of any nationality are eligible for this Junior Leader programmes. In order to get accepted, candidates should have earned their doctoral degree two to seven years prior to the deadline for applications (the date of the doctoral thesis defence will be understood to be the date when the doctoral degree was obtained). The requirements on geographical mobility are different for the two programs:

1. For the “Incoming” fellowships (Severo Ochoa centres): Geographic mobility: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline. Short stays such as holidays will not be taken into account.

2. For the “Retaining” fellowships (any university or research centre in Spain): Geographic mobility: Candidates must have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the closing date of the call. Short stays, such as holidays, will not be taken into account.

All the details of this fellowships and the application and selection procedures are provided in the attached documents, see respectively



Please, circulate this information among colleagues of yours who may be interested in applying for a “La Caixa” Junior Leader fellowship at the IAA-CSIC and request them to contact me (isabel@iaa.es).

Thanks in advance,

Isabel Marquez