CRIS OutBack Fellowship Programme

Convocatoria "abierta"
Entidad convocante:
Crist contra el cáncer
Recursos Humans
Plazo FSJD:
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To provide competitive economic conditions and incentives for these doctors to develop their training abroad and establish their career in Spain. CRIS believes that the training of researchers should go farther than the purely practical and scientific. For this reason, the awardees will be involved in a training plan that will provide them with mentoring and essential skills and insights to become future leaders of cancer research.

To award two research grants covering a four-year stage programme for contracting scientists and clinical investigators to develop their training and research activity forthree years abroad (Outgoing Phase) at any hospital, research center or university, and a fourth year at any research institution in Spain (Return Phase). The CRIS OutBack Fellowship Programme includes the option for a secondment to another institution anywhere in the world (that must be different from the return institution), but it is also open to short visits (not longer than 4 weeks) during the two stages to other institutions.

The programme invites applications from all scientists who have completed a PhD or those that can demonstrate at least 4 years of experience in cancer research prior to the year of the call for applications.

Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution of the Outgoing Phase for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's call deadline.

The programme will effectively begin when the management of the hospital, research centre or university and the candidate sign the contract.

The programme runs for three years in its first phase, international training phase (outgoing phase), and one more year during the return phase, at any Spanish institution.

Additional to research training at the host institutions, OutBack Programme includes training sessions and webinars that will run quarterly during the development of the programme and mentoring sessions that will run annually. Each fellow will have three supervisors: two primary supervisors, one at each host institution (outgoing / return phase), and an external co-supervisor (assigned by CRIS Foundation). Additionally, in case of secondment, they will also have a secondment supervisor.


The maximum grant awarded will be €280,000, which will be spread over four annual instalments of up to €70,000 a year.

The four maximum annual instalments of €70,000 will include:

a. Salary: Gross €55,000 to cover labor costs of each beneficiary incurred by the hospital, research center or university that employs or will employ said individual. This amount includes local taxes contributions and any other amounts payable by the institution, as well as the gross remuneration of the beneficiary.

b. Allowance: Annual maximum of €3,700 and it includes:

Family allowance of €2,000 annually for beneficiaries with dependent children. Family support will be determined on the date the researcher joins the center and it will be reviewed annually at the time of programme renewal. In case of no applicability of family allowance, these funds could be added to the research costs. → Travel allowance of €1,200 annually for travel costs and associated expenses related to Programme training/mentoring sessions or meetings. → Mobility allowance of €1,250 for installation in the destination city for Outgoing and Return Phases.

c. Costs associated with the research project up to the €70,000 maximum annual grant, including: → Expenses related to the research project such as the acquisition of scientific consumables. → Registration for scientific conferences and congresses, travel and expenses.

d. OutBack Programme Training Plan. it includes training sessions or activities out of the Programme Training plan, for a maximum of €1,500 annually


To have completed a Doctorate in the last 5 years, or those that can demonstrate at between 4 and 9 years of full-time equivalent experience in cancer research prior to the year of the call for applications. Fellows must not have resided or carried out their career in the country of the outgoing phase host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's year of recruitment.

The candidate must provide the information related to the track record and the publications of its field of research.

Candidates must provide a training plan and a synopsis of the field of research that will be the focus of the main project of their stage. The project should demonstrate a high level of scientific and technical quality.

Candidates will have to fill in a personalized development plan self-assessment that includes future career perspectives, training, and skills that they want to acquire and possible secondments that they want to undergo.

The candidate must propose a primary supervisor for the training and research project at both host institutions (for each Outgoing/Return phase) and provide information about his/her background along.


The following restrictions apply to the submission of applications: 

Return Phase must be developed at a spanish institution.

Candidates can only be the beneficiary of one CRIS OutBack Fellowship Programme.

Members of the scientific evaluation board will not be able to apply for these programmes.

Fellows must not have resided or carried out their work or activity in the country of the outgoing phase host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's year of recruitment


Candidates must submit the application and required documentation through the Programme Call Platform at website

Administrative form: Personal and contact data of the fellow, Hosting institutions data, Supervisors data and project information.

Documentation: CV of candidates and supervisors, supervisors´ and institutions´ letters of acceptance. Academic certificates, doctorate certificate, institution's acceptance letters, letters of recommendation, cover letter, ethics assessment

In case of interest, contact with FSJD Research Dpt.