ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program

The ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program supports excellent young researchers across Europe by connecting them to leading researchers and offering a variety of networking and training activities, including boot camps, summer schools and workshops of the ELLIS programs. ELLIS PhDs and postdocs conduct cutting-edge curiosity-driven research in machine learning or a related research area with the goal of publishing in top-tier conferences in the field. 


There are two tracks within the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program: the academic track and the industry track. These tracks have separate requirements for admission and criteria for activity during the appointment, but otherwise offer the same benefits, network and resources to the applicant. 

Academic track

PhD students and postdocs in the academic track strive for international collaboration as they partner with two European academic institutions in their research. These candidates are supervised by one ELLIS fellow/scholar and one ELLIS fellow/scholar/member from different countries, and they visit the exchange institution for min. 6 months (the partitioning of this time is flexible). Normally, the exchange is partially sponsored by the exchange institution. There are two ways to become an ELLIS PhD Student or Postdoc:

  1. via our central application process (if you want to apply for a PhD position with one of the ELLIS fellows/scholars);
  2. via a nomination process (if you’re already working with one of the ELLIS fellows/scholars as a PhD or postdoc).

Further details and requirements can be found below.

Industry track

The industry track is open to PhD and postdoc candidates that will be part of a collaboration between an academic institution and an industry partner, and will spend time conducting research at the industry partner during their PhD or postdoc.

Find out more on the ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program website.