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The first call for applications for TOUCH doctoral fellowships is open

02 Apr 2024
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The TOUCH MSCA-COFUND doctoral training programme, led by UAB and focusing on the field of mental health, has opened its first call for applications, offering 13 doctoral positions. The deadline for applications is 30 June.


With a total budget of €4,838,400, TOUCH (Towards the generation of excellent young doctoral researchers in inter-sectoral & transdisciplinary approach) will be able to bring on board 24 PhD students enrolled in a strategic UAB area: mental health and well-being.

The new programme involves several university departments, the CORE in Mental Health and seven UAB Sphere institutions: Centre for Demographic Studies, Centre for Mathematical Research, Computer Vision Centre, Health and Ageing Foundation, Parc Taulí Institute for Research and Innovation, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Research Institute, and the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute.

The first call will be open from 1 April to 30 June 2024. A total of 13 posts are available. Applicants will be able to choose from more than 30 research project proposals in four areas: Fostering mental health and wellbeing across lifespan, transdisciplinary approach to mental health & wellbeing determinants, multilevel strategies for assessment and intervention in mental health & wellbeing: from genomics to personomics, governance in mental health systems: participation, education, and community.

Recruited fellows will be offered a three-year contract and a gross salary of €2,375 per month, and will be able to conduct research in a multidisciplinary, multicultural and stimulating research training environment, with access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Selected candidates will also participate in a comprehensive training programme, including workshops, hands-on schools, and retreats on transversal and scientific competences, focusing on research and personal and professional development.

All the information regarding the programme, application and evaluation process, eligibility criteria and research projects available in this Call can be found in the project’s webpage: https://webs.uab.cat/touch/call/