The application consists of 2 steps:

Step 1

Declaration of interest (to be completed by the candidate)

The candidate is the initiator of the process by submitting a declaration of interest via a Lime Survey questionnaire.

The declaration of interest includes:

  • applicant’s credentials (fields in Lime Survey),
  • a 2-page description of the project proposal (please download the template – mandatory),
  • a 1-page motivation letter (free format) and
  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV) (please download the template – mandatory).


Step 2

Submission of the full application (to be completed by the candidate)

The candidate submits the full project proposal (mandatory template available on the website) following the different sections of the template, together with a letter of recommendation signed by both supervisors.

A preliminary Career Development Plan (CDP) must be part of the application. The CDP will be further developed after the project starts in collaboration with the supervisor and co-supervisor.

Candidates must complete the Ethics Self-Assessment available in the Application Form document, following the Horizon Europe guidelines. The full project proposal must also contain a preliminary Plan for Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication (PDEC) explaining scientific, societal and economic impacts of the project, taking the Open Science and FAIR principles into account.

Candidates must include a secondment in their project application. Secondments should add an intersectoral and/or interdisciplinary and, as far as possible, an international dimension, be relevant, feasible, and beneficial for the researcher and the project. They may be undertaken with academic and non-academic partners (outside of UL).

The candidate must provide the following documents:

  • the application form (please download the template – mandatory) and
  • a copy of the PhD degree.

The supervisors must provide the following document:

  • a max 2-pages recommendation letter signed by both supervisors.
The candidate submits all required documents to to finalize the application.

The CV, Project Proposal and Application Form templates are available online under the Downloads & Links webpage. There is no template for the motivation letter and the recommendation letter, but the content must respect the following format: number of pages, minimum font size 11, single line spacing and 1.5 cm top/bottom/left/right margins.

The supervisor or the Research Facilitator must submit an electronic Project Announcement Sheet (ePAS) in the UL ePAS system before the full submission of the application (step 2).

Step 1

Declaration of Interest
  1. Lime Survey
  2. Project Proposal
  3. Motivation letter
  4. CV
Step 2

Full application submission
  1. Application Form
  2. Copy of the PhD degree
  3. Letter of recommendation by 2 supervisors

Please download the guidelines and the different templates required for the application by clicking on the links under the page Downloads & Links.


Make sure the following documents are ready before you apply to a YIA call:
  • STEP 1
    • Lime Survey questionnaire (the 17 fields must be answered)
    • Project Proposal document
    • Curriculum Vitae document
    • Letter of motivation from the candidate
  • ePAS submitted.
  • STEP 2
    • Application Form document (including Gantt Chart)
    • Copy of the PhD degree
    • Letter of recommendation signed by both UL supervisors

All documents must be completed in English.