The Doctoral Programme


Key Announcements

  • The Second PhD Call is now OPEN. Click here for more details
  • Four PhD projects were selected to be funded in the First PhD Call. See below for more information!


The One Health EJP aims at reinforcing collaboration between institutes by enhancing transdisciplinary cooperation and integration of activities, and one of the major Education and Training activities set up to facilitate this is the OHEJP Doctoral Programme.

Figure 1 depicts the overall process of the doctoral programme. At the start of the Programme, up to twelve PhD grants were available for academics at the One Health EJP institutes to apply for. Each PhD grant is funded 44% by the EU, and the remaining 56% is to be funded by other non-EU sources.

In the first internal call, four grants were awarded involving eight partner institutes. Student recruitment for these projects is now starting, and more information will be available on this page as the recruitment process begins.

The remaining eight grants will be awarded in the second internal call, which is now open! Like the first call, this call is exclusively for academics belonging to one of the partner institutes of the One Health EJP consortium. Please see eligibility criteria below for full details.

The projects selected in the second round will be announced at the end of May 2019. More information regarding student recruitment for these projects will follow once the selection process has been completed.

The PhD co-funded grants offered by the One Health EJP are exceedingly rare in that they:

  1. Provide interdisciplinary (med-vet-environment) training for the next generation of One Health researchers in Europe contributing to the sustainability of the One Health approach.
  2. Allow greater flexibility in the PhD projects than Joint Research Projects to ensure innovative hypothesis driven research.
  3. Maximise international and interdisciplinary networking among One Health EJP partners in addition to the interaction provided by the JIPs and JRPs
  4. Provide opportunities to explore and share skills, expertise and knowledge from One Health EJP consortium therefore accelerating both the rate and quality of research. In line with this, all PhD students will be able to apply for the Short Term Missions and the Continuous Professional Development module.
  • The lead applicant must have relevant experience and hold a substantive position (at least 0.5FTE) at a One Health EJP Partner Institute
  • At least one co-supervisor must be at an academic institution able to award higher degrees (does not need to be an OHEJP Partner Institute)
  • Minimum number of One Health EJP partners is two. Only linked third parties are also eligible for PhD funding. Non One Health EJP partners may be included as collaborators, but are not eligible for funding. However, these third party institutes are allowed to work within the OHEJP under the umbrella of a beneficiary. If these beneficiaries are selected for a PhD programme , it can be envisaged that they will use in-kind contribution provided by these third party institutes
  • Topic of the PhD must be within scope of the SRA (see call guidelines) but does not need to be within scope of an existing JRP or JIP.
  • The PhD topic must fall into one of the three research domains: Foodborne Zoonoses, Antimicrobial Resistance and Emerging Threats.
  • PhD must reinforce the general objectives of the EJP: prevent-detect-respond, improve integration and societal preparedness within the mandate of EJP partner institutes
  • The PhD Project must be inter-disciplinary (for example disciplines may include at least two of med-vet-environment and may include other disciplines such as food or social science). A link with an existing JRP or JIP is to be encouraged, but it is not required.
  • Three year PhDs will be considered in this round to ensure the PhD programme is completed by the end of 2022. However, four year PhDs may be considered if 100% of the cost of the additional year is provided by an external source other than the institute and EU.

PhD proposals will be judged by expert reviewers in foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats. These reviewers are selected from across the One Health EJP consortium, and use the following criteria to judge applications:

  • Quality of training support available (Institute support, supervisor’s expertise and track record)
  • Quality of the science (a testable hypothesis and likelihood of high-impact outputs)
  • Opportunities for professional development and for integration among partners
  • Strengthen the general objectives of the EJP

The second call is now open.

The application form needs to be completed. The call guidelines should be referred to for guidance and additional information when filling the application form. The application form can be found in the annex of the guidelines

One Health EJP PhD Second Call Guidelines

Application submission deadline is 28 February 2019

Applicants will be informed of the outcome at the end of May 2019

Roberto La Ragione
WP6 Leader
One Health EJP

Wim van der Poel
WP6 Deputy Leader
One Health EJP

Dan Horton
WP6 Collaborator
One Health EJP

Piyali Basu
WP6 Project Manager
One Health EJP

Projects selected for funding in the First Call



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