Eligibility to a secondment

Who is eligible to a secondment?

Secondments are meant for staff members of participating institutions of GEOCEP. A staff member is an active researcher at his/her home institution. To be seconded, the researcher must have a formal affiliation with the institution (for example, having an employment contract or being enrolled as a PhD student).


To be eligible to receive a research allowance for a secondment, a staff member must meet these criteria: 

(1) Be an early-stage researcher or an experienced researcher. 

  • An early-stage researcher is someone who is enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • An experienced researcher has a doctoral degree or at least four years full-time equivalent research experience in a research career.
  • Bachelor and Master students are not eligible.

(2) Full-time employment before and full-time dedication and exclusively working on the project during the secondment.

  • Full-time commitment means that no additional work can be undertaken during the secondment for the home institution or another organisation.
  • Experienced researchers can submit a recent version of their employment contract.
  • Doctoral candidates can submit proof of enrolment with the mention 'full-time'. 

(3) Affiliation of one-month full-time equivalent before the start date of the secondment.

  • For example, two months of part-time work correspond to one month of full-time work.
  • You have the obligation to inform us if your affiliation with the sending institution changes during a secondment. 

(4) No cumulation of funds from other European Commission (EC) projects than GEOCEP.

  • It is not possible to cumulate other EC funding sources for the same expense.
  • A secondee can receive additional financial support from sources other than GEOCEP, as long as the expenditure is not financed twice.

The Coordinator reserves the right to refuse a staff member whose profile does not met the eligibility criteria. 

Outgoing secondments 

These secondments are for staff members from beneficiary institutions in Europe to go to partner institutions outside Europe. The secondee must be affiliated with one of these beneficiary institutions:

The researcher can be seconded to one of the partner institutions of GEOCEP. 

Incoming secondments

These secondments are for staff members coming from selected partner institutions outside Europe to one of the beneficiary institutions in Europe. The secondee must be affiliated with one of these partner institutions: 

  • The University of Cape Town (South Africa);
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile).

The staff member can be seconded to one of the beneficiary institutions of GEOCEP.