Interview Trainings Advanced Grants

The interview is an important part of the ERC evaluation process. Here you can find out how the National Contact Point ERC can support you in this process.

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The ERC National Contact Point supports ERC Advanced Grant candidates in preparing for their online-interviews.

The online interview trainings will take place on six dates between December 11, 2023 and January 9, 2024. There will be no training sessions between Christmas and New Years Eve. Each Advanced Grant candidate will have approximately 30 minutes to simulate their interview. A professional trainer will lead the training and provide personal feedback. In addition to the trainer, colleagues from the NCP ERC and the other candidates present will form the mock panel.

The dates are limited and are primarily intended for at ERC Advanced Grant candidates with a German corresponding host institution who have received an invitation to the interview and do not have the opportunity to take part in a training session at their institution.

The following dates are available:

  • Monday, December 11, 2023, 8:30-12:30 (preferably SH Domain)
  • Monday, December 11, 2023, 8:30-12:30 (preferably PE domain)
  • Thursday, December 14, 2023, 8:30-12:30 (preferably LS domain)
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 09:30-13:30 (domain open)
  • Monday, January 08, 2024, 09:30-13:30 (preferably PE domain)
  • Thursday, January 09, 2024, 09:30-13:30 (preferably LS domain)

Please register from 1.12.2023, 2 p.m. via the following link: Registration. The following two documents must be uploaded for successful registration (possible formats: pdf, ppt, doc, docx, jpg)

  • Your invitation to the interview
  • B1 part of your ERC application and

If you do not have them at hand, you should upload as soon as possible:

  • Annex I*

Your application is only complete and your place bindingly reserved when we have also received Annex I.

*) Annex I: Is part of the invitation to the interview, but is usually only sent after the actual invitation. The annex contains all the panel's specifications regarding the number of slides allowed, the candidate's speaking time in minutes, the total duration of the interview, etc.

The following documents are not mandatory, but helpful for a comprehensive consultation:

  • Slides for the interview (according to the panel's specifications)

Registration will remain open until 5.12.2023 or until it is fully booked. Demand is already high, so we recommend that you register as soon as registration opens and have the necessary documents ready (invitation, B1 and, if possible, Annex I).

The availability of the desired training date is automatically checked during the registration process. The check also includes the completeness of the uploaded documents (B1 and the invitation to the interview). If your registration is successful, you will immediately receive a binding confirmation. If a training is fully booked, a limited waiting list is automatically generated. If you have been placed on the waiting list, you will be informed accordingly. You will only be notified again in case of moving up in the training.

Please note: Each interested candidate can only register for one training date; this includes registration for the waiting list. Interview candidates can only register with a personal e-mail address. A personalized access to the registration will be sent to this personal email address during the registration process. Registration via third parties is no longer possible.

The NCP ERC reserves the right not to admit candidates to the training, if they do not meet the above criteria or have not submitted the documents.

For further questions feel free to contact Katharina Spannhake, Dominik Maas, and Dr. Andrea Hesse.