Career Stage(s): PhD Candidate (with Masters), Established Researcher, Leading Researcher,

Funding Type(s): Staff funding only,

Deadline: 08-10-2019 14:00 CET (full proposal)


PRIDE is the FNR’s main programme for funding doctoral research in Luxembourg. It aims to support the development of critical mass in key research areas, by attracting excellent PhD candidates to Luxembourg and offering them high quality research training. Under this programme, a block of PhD grants is awarded to a consortium of excellent researchers united around a coherent research and training programme. PRIDE is open to all domains of research and technological development.

In the 2015 PRIDE call, 135 PhD positions were awarded in blocks to 11 successful Doctoral Training Units (DTUs). These 135 PhD positions were complemented by 20 PhD and 2 institutionally funded Postdoc positions.

In 2017 PRIDE call, 75 PhD positions were awarded in blocks to 6 successful DTUs. These 75 PhD positions are complemented by 15 PhD and 3 institutionally funded Postdoc positions.

Compared to the AFR individual grant scheme for PhDs, PRIDE provides greater advantage to institutions and PhD candidates, as institutions are able to immediately offer a full PhD grant to promising candidates, without having to undergo a separate application and selection procedure at the FNR.

*An info session about the 2019 PRIDE Call was held on Friday 12 July, 2019.

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As opposed to the first two PRIDE calls, Call 2019 is no longer a two-stage application process. There is only submission of a full proposal. It is no longer required to submit a “Commitment of Participation”.

Within the PRIDE 2019 Call, the FNR is setting up a character limit instead of a page limit for the proposal description. Please carefully follow the specifications defined in chapter 5 of the PRIDE application guidelines. It is mandatory to use the PRIDE 2019 Proposal Description Form.

The FNR has signed the “Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)” and therefore has introduced changes in how it assesses research proposals. This means that the FNR evaluates quality and impact independently of journal-based metrics and gives value to all research outputs. The application and peer review guidelines have been adapted accordingly.

Some general indications are given for follow-up proposals.

As a result of the External assessment of the NQFDT:

  • Institutions are required to put in place the necessary structures/procedures for the handling and resolution of conflict situations between doctoral candidates and their supervisors.
  • Only supervisors having successfully undergone an independent assessment of their research and supervision track record (e.g. ADR, HDR, other) may participate as supervisor under PRIDE.
  • In the constitution of the CET (comité d’encadrement de thèse at UL) of a PRIDE-funded PhD, at least one member of the CET must be from a research institution abroad.
  • Under PRIDE, an individual PhD plan for every PhD candidate, as well as procedures for the setting up and revision of the individual PhD plan need to be implemented.
  • Doctoral training units (DTUs) must offer possibilities for supervisors to continuously develop their supervision skills.


The duration of a PRIDE project is up to 6.5 years.

The funding offered through PRIDE comprises:

  • A specified number of PhD grants (each grant comprising the equivalent of a 4-year PhD employment contract + a training & mobility allowance of 6.500 EUR).
  • A lump sum of 10.000 EUR per PhD grant paid to the DTU in order to pay for training and other DTU direct costs.
  • The FNR requires co-funding for each DTU funded under PRIDE


  • The Doctoral Training Unit (DTU), under the lead of the DTU coordinator, is the applying entity
  • Prospective PhD candidates apply directly to the successful DTUs for a PhD position.

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