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With over 130 years of history, the University of Deusto (DEUSTO) is firmly grounded in research and education excellence, innovation, social responsibility and impact. Over the last few decades DEUSTO has built up a dynamic, innovative and attractive research ecosystem, designed and implemented in co-creation with both local and international stakeholders: DIRS-COFUND.

 DIRS-COFUND aims at attracting qualified international Early Stage Researchers for highly quality doctoral training. Through its two Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND projects (DIRS and 6i-DIRS), DEUSTO will provide up to 35 fellowships between 2016 and 2024 and attract excellent doctoral candidates from all over the world. The objective is to help outstanding Early Stage Researchers to generate interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral projects  and dissertations, supporting and broadening their career prospects and promoting the social impact of their contributions.

DIRS-COFUND offers a robust, dynamic and innovative research training ecosystem, involving 7 doctoral programmes and 24 research teams, working on the Global, European and Regional challenges through:

DEUSTO is the only university in Spain, and one of the four institutions in Europe, that is running two COFUND projects within the European Horizon 2020 programme. DIRS and 6i-DIRS are developed together with more than 65 partner organisations, ensuring international and intersectoral mobility to broaden researchers’ skills and employability.

You can meet our fellows hereThe first call for applications of the 6i-DIRS project is now closed. The second call is planned to open at the beginning of 2021. Please check this webpage regularly for updates.

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DIRS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement Nº665959.

6i-DIRS project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curiegrant agreement Nº847624.