Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
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Q: Why do I have to sign an employment contract?
According to the various social security schemes, an employment contract shall guarantee a “package” of pension contributions plus social security coverage made of several items, such as sickness and maternity benefits, invalidity benefits, old age benefits, survivor’s benefits, benefits in respect of accidents at work and occupational diseases, unemployment benefits, family benefits, etc.

Q: Is my salary to be considered before or after tax?
A: Before. Your salary will be subject to any applicable employers and employee’s national insurance and income tax. A monthly “mobility allowance” flat rate will be allocated to you to cover expenses linked to your personal household, relocation and travel expenses.

Q: How long is this scholarship for?
A: 3 years. Regardless of whether you manage to complete your PhD degree or not.

Q: What do all these acronyms mean?
A: ESR: Early Stage Researcher. A researcher who, at the time of recruitment by the beneficiary, has not yet been awarded the doctorate degree and is in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.
ER: Experienced Researcher. A researcher who, at the time of recruitment by the beneficiary, is: 1) in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to aquire it, or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience and 2) has less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
WP: Work Package

Q: When will I start my PhD?
A. After April 1st. The exact starting date of your PhD depends on two factors:
– Your host University rules. Most institutions allow students to start on specific dates, usually October and/or January.
– Your supervisor’s preference. Get in touch with them to find out when they would like you to start.

Q: How can I get tips and advice on relocating to a new country?
A: Visit our forumAlternatively you can find some information on the Euraxess website

Q: During my PhD will I be offered the possibility to attend courses?
A: Yes. Marie Curie ITNs are all about forming a new generation of prepared, multidisciplinary and competitive scientists. Visit the Training session of our website to find out more about the INsecTIME training programme.

Q: Where can I find more information about Marie Curie ITNs in general?
A: Visit their website!

Q: Can I get in touch with ERSs belonging to different Marie Curie ITNs?
A: Sure. Visit the Marie Curie Alumni web portal, where past, present and future Marie Curie researchers that have benefited  or are still benefiting  from the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme for researchers’ mobility can register and enjoy the benefits of membership.