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Q: How are the first four years of career of an ESR calculated? Does only the date count when they obtained the degree which entitled them to embark on a doctorate, or are the activities they realise in the meantime assessed as well? (All Calls)
A: The four years are considered as full time equivalent research experience. As an example, a candidate who obtained his/her degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate 5 years ago and spent the equivalent of two years attending taught classes and three years gaining research experience is still eligible as ESR. They are considered to have three years experience, the time in formal teaching is not counted. Similarly compulsory military experience is not counted.

Category : Marie Curie Actions (FP7) ( ITN (Initial Training Networks) ) , FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) ( ITN (Initial Training Networks) ) , ITN (Initial Training Networks) ( Eligible researchers )