Career Stage(s): PhD Candidate (with Masters), Established Researcher, Leading Researcher,

Funding Type(s): Staff funding only,

Deadline: 20-10-2021 14:00 CET (full proposal) - postponed from original deadline of 8 October


PRIDE is the FNR’s main programme for funding doctoral research in Luxembourg. It aims to support the development of critical mass in key research areas, by attracting excellent PhD candidates to Luxembourg and offering them high quality research training. Under this programme, a block of PhD grants is awarded to a consortium of excellent researchers united around a coherent research and training programme. PRIDE is open to all domains of research and technological development.

In the 2015 PRIDE call, 135 PhD positions were awarded in blocks to 11 successful Doctoral Training Units (DTUs). These 135 PhD positions were complemented by 20 PhD and 2 institutionally funded Postdoc positions.

In 2017 PRIDE call, 75 PhD positions were awarded in blocks to 6 successful DTUs. These 75 PhD positions are complemented by 15 PhD and 3 institutionally funded Postdoc positions.

In the 2019, PRIDE call, 61 PhD grants were awarded to 5 DTUs, an FNR commitment of 12.4 MEUR.

Compared to the AFR individual grant scheme for PhDs, PRIDE provides greater advantage to institutions and PhD candidates, as institutions are able to immediately offer a full PhD grant to promising candidates, without having to undergo a separate application and selection procedure at the FNR.

What’s new in the PRIDE Call 2021?

In December 2019, the Luxembourg Government has adopted the National Research and Innovation Strategy for Luxembourg with the National Research Priorities (NRP). Proposals submitted under the PRIDE programme need to align with the National Research Priorities.

The FNR has introduced a new narrative-style CV in its funding programmes, which, in conjunction with an updated ORCiD profile, allows the full picture of a researcher to be evaluated. The goal is to allow an applicant to be more fairly evaluated on their scientific vision, appropriate experience, and broader contributions to science and society, beyond the limited focus of metrics and quantitative criteria.


The duration of a PRIDE project is up to 6.5 years.

The funding offered through PRIDE comprises:

  • A specified number of PhD grants (each grant comprising the equivalent of a 4-year PhD employment contract + a training & mobility allowance of 6.500 EUR).
  • A lump sum of 10.000 EUR per PhD grant paid to the DTU in order to pay for training and other DTU direct costs.
  • The FNR requires co-funding for each DTU funded under PRIDE


  • The Doctoral Training Unit (DTU), under the lead of the DTU coordinator, is the applying entity
  • Prospective PhD candidates apply directly to the successful DTUs for a PhD position.

Download the A3 poster or the flyer with descriptions.


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