OPEN SESAME Training Fellowships, 2018 ̶ Call


The European Union is supporting the training needs of the SESAME Light Source through a Horizon2020 project funded under the H2020-INFRASUPP-2016-1 call. The project, OPEN SESAME, it started on 1 January 2017. OPEN SESAME is coordinated by ESRF with the participation of ten additional organisations: SESAME, SOLEIL, CERN, CELLS-ALBA, CNRS-Ipanema, Instruct, INFN, ELETTRA, DESY and CYI. These eleven organisations are referred hereafter as the ‘OPEN SESAME facilities’.

The overall objective of OPEN SESAME is to support the training needs of SESAME Light Source and to ensure its efficient exploitation by researchers across the eight SESAME Members: Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, and Turkey.

To this end, OPEN SESAME is composed of four work packages: WP1 “Management and dissemination”, WP2 “SESAME staff training and exchange programme”, WP3 “Building user capacity in the local science and technology landscape” and WP4 “Integration of SESAME into public and social-economic landscapes”. 

In this context, Task 3.2.2 of WP3 is “Building light source know-how in young researchers”. This task, led by CELLS-ALBA synchrotron, includes a short term Fellowship Programme for young researchers at OPEN SESAME European Facilities. A minimum of 18 Fellowships, ranging between 4 to 12 weeks, will be funded in two calls. This document triggers the process for the second call. 

Therefore, and in the context of this capacity building initiative, Fellowships will be available for young scientists from SESAME Members to allow them to develop skills in European OPEN SESAME laboratories for projects related to the aforementioned seven beamlines. Priority will be given to applications with training projects related to the first four beamlines: IR, XAFS/XRF, MS and MX.

All applications received for this second call will be reviewed by an OPEN SESAME Committee.

Scope of this action

To fund a minimum of 9 Fellowships, with duration ranging between 4 to 12 weeks, at OPEN SESAME European Facilities for nationals of SESAME Members.

Applicants / beneficiaries

The applicants/beneficiaries of the present Call must be nationals of SESAME Members (Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey) enrolled in a Master or PhD programme in a SESAME Member organisation. The enrolment must be proven to be in place on the date of submission of the application.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English.
  • Highly motivated and willingness to travel abroad.

More information and how to submit can be found here.