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Why should I apply?


The closing date for applications was Friday 10 July 2020. We are no longer accepting applications for this programme. 

Why should I apply to CITI-GENS?

The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving and Networked Societies (CITI-GENS) programme at Queen’s University Belfast is a MSCA COFUND Doctoral Training Programme.  It will recruit and train 20 outstanding international early stage researchers (ESRs) who will be transformed into a professional and skilled cohort addressing global challenges aligned to the themes of the Belfast Region City Deal innovation ecosystem: Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and the Creative Industries.

Here are some reasons why you should apply!

1. Queen's University Belfast is a research intensive University, excellence in research and innovation, and making a positive global impact, are central to what we do. Read more about our research here. 

2. The CITI-GENS programme is hosted by the award winning Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast.  The Graduate School is an intellectual and social hub for all postgraduates that connects students across disciplines to one another, and to mentors, thought leaders, and employers both within the university and beyond.

3. You'll be part of a cohort of research students, creating a community and exciting learning environment.

4. You will benefit from an interdiscplinary supervisory team offering a unique perspective on your project and preparing you for work across disciplinary boundaries in your future career.  You will also have an external partner from a non academic organistion on your project, offering an intersectoral experience, often in the form of secondments/placements. See individual project descriptions for partner information.

5. As an MSCA Fellow you will be in the unique position of being an employee of the University as well as a student, you can read more about the employment contact here.

6. You will benefit from a bespoke training package with your cohort devised to enhance your future employablity. Read more about the training programme here.

7. The project will be led by two leading academics within the University, Professor Margaret Topping, Dean of the Graduate School and Dr Muiris MacCarthaighSenior Lecturer and former Director of Graduate Studies at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

8. Queen's University Belfast already hosts a successful MSCA DTP called SPaRK and you can hear what some of them have to say about the programme  here and also read more about the programme, including their profiles, projects and partners here.

9. MSCA encourages mobility, so you will be part of an international cohort adding to the already vibrant international postgraduate community at Queen's University Belfast.

10. Belfast is a modern capital city, welcoming, easy to get around and an affordable place in which to live and study. Learn about why you need to study/work here.


Contact Us

For any questions relating to the CITI-GENS Programme, please contact the Project Coordinator Adele Ward on or 00 (44) 28 9097 3078