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Which RIS countries and regions are eligible to participate in the RIS Fellowships Activity Line?
In 2024, countries and regions eligible to take part in the RIS Fellowships are available here.
Who are we looking for?
During the recruitment process, we will look for passionate young people from higher education upon the return to their homes EIT RIS countries, which will spur a wave of entrepreneurial innovations and support the development of the local agri-food ecosystem.
EIT Food RIS Fellowships Activity Line is divided into two complementary programs:
RIS Fellowships is dedicated to MSc students, graduates and young entrepreneurs. Beneficiaries will have the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in practical contexts of work and develop a creative problem-solving competence at hosting organisations to spur a weave of entrepreneurial innovations in their home countries. Candidates will be able to gain hands-on experience in the food industry, strengthening their job-related skills and competencies, including analytical thinking and creative problem-solving. RIS Fellowships interns will be engaged in learning-by-doing activities at their host company – these could be internal projects or day-to-day tasks of each host partner.
RIS Fellowships interns will be provided with 800-1500 € scholarship/per month (depends on a mode).
RIS Talents is dedicated to doctoral students and young post-docs. Applicants will benefit from lessons learned in R&D works, and they will also be encouraged to engage in industrial collaboration or entrepreneurship during their internship. RIS Talents interns will have an opportunity to develop critical thinking competence by participating in innovation projects, R&D projects led by hosting organisations.
RIS Talents interns will be provided with a 950-2000 € scholarship/per month (depends on a mode).
We are looking for candidates who come from one of the EIT RIS countries or regions, who:
Is a student or graduate of MSc (RIS Fellowships); PhD student or post-doc (RIS Talents);
Has an interest in the agri-food sector;
Has a proactive attitude and be passionate about student extracurricular activities;
Is eager to gain new experience, willing to develop his/her competences and self-motivated;
Has analytical skills, is open-minded, goal-oriented and team player;
Actively seeks to improve competencies in communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking;
Is ready to work in an international environment and speaks English very well;
Is available min. 3 months from July 2024;
Is aware of having cross-country mobility allowances and health insurance.
What are the selection criteria for interns?
All candidates will be evaluated, taking into account the following criteria related to the applicant’s attitude, skills, competences and features:
RIS Fellowships – Candidate is a student (min. completed Bachelor) or graduated of Master of Science (up to 2 years after graduation);
RIS Talents – Candidate, is Ph.D. student or postdoc (up to 2 years after graduation);
The candidate is able to work in the English language (min. B2 in CEFR level of English is required);
The candidate has filled out the on-line application form;
The candidate added a 1-minute self-video (only videos with voice recorded are acceptable)
The candidate is available min. 3 months from July 2024;
The candidate is willing to work in the agri-food sector;
Expected skills and competences
Creativity in problem-solving
Active and transparent communication
Great potential for development
Proactive attitude (awards received in student competitions 2021-2024 or participation in student associations)
Motivation to take up learning-by-doing activities
Natural curiosity to learn
Challenge themselves and existing process
Experience as entrepreneurs (confirmed by references will be an asset).
What fields of studies, interests are most in demand?
RIS Fellowships Activity Line is looking for MSc students and graduates with different educational background, for example:
Marketing area, project management, data analysis, market research, sales, IT, programming or similar
Biology, chemical engineering, food science, food technology, process engineering, pharmaceutical technology or similar
What are the benefits of the internship?
RIS Fellowships candidates will benefit from a professional recruitment process with a corporate background as well as an on-line recruitment workshop with HR advisors, which stimulate competencies of clear communication, effective critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Fellows will supplement traditional higher education curricula, offering competence development as well as developing entrepreneurial talents who will act as role models upon return to their home countries.
RIS Talents interns will strengthen the international networking of young academics with leading agri-food players, transfer advanced knowledge to EIT RIS countries, foster industrial orientation of academic research, and attract talents from other disciplines than the food science agri-food sector.
Benefits of the internship
Benefit from precise matching candidates to the internship areas
Gain hands-on experiences by solving real cases of the organisation
Develop your competencies: communication, creative problem solving and critical thinking
Get up to 1,500€ (Fellowships) – 2,000€ (Talents) gross grant/month
Get mentorship from a high-profile expert in their field
Improve your CV and gain networking
Enrich yourself knowing another country and experience a different culture
Benefit from greater international exposure of students and researchers
How can I apply (Stage 1 of the recruitment process)?
Read all the information about the project and contact us if you have any doubt: email@example.com
Choose one of two available application form, whether you are an MSc student/graduate RIS Fellowships or Ph.D. student/postdoc RIS Talents
Answer ALL the questions of the on-line application form.
Create and share a 1-minute self-video via a link to Wetransfer, Dropbox or YouTube, in which the candidates will introduce themselves and answer briefly the open question about their motivation, e.g. “Tell us why you are the most suitable person for an internship.
NOTE: only videos with voice recording are acceptable.
RIS FELLOWSHIPS APPLY HERE (MSc students/graduates)
RIS TALENTS APPLY HERE (Ph.D. students/post-docs)
What are the RIS Fellowships (MSc) recruitment stages?
Stage 1 – on-line self-application APPLY HERE
Stage 2 – group on-line Assessment Center (only for candidates who met the selection criteria)
Stage 3 – individual on-line interviews (only with candidates chosen by Host Companies representatives)
What are the RIS Talents (PhD) recruitment stages?
Stage 1 – on-line self-application APPLY HERE
Stage 2 – individual on-line interviews (only with candidates chosen by Host Companies representatives)
What documents will be needed to start and during the internship?
After approval by the host company and arranging the details of the internship (duration and internship mode), inform us about it by e-mail.
We will prepare a Consent Form for you, which is a document specifying all terms & conditions.
Your Mentor will prepare an Internship Agenda so you will be fully familiar with tasks you will be given.
You will also be asked to issue the Tax Residency Certificate from your Tax Office.
Both documents you have to send by email (scan) and a hard copy by post/courier.
During the internship, YOUR MENTOR will send us MONTHLY REPORTS as a confirmation that the internship goes according to a plan (Internship Agenda).
At the end of the internship, we will ask you and your Mentor to prepare an Internship Feedback as a document that will sum up all tasks and activities that you were responsible for. This is one fixed document that should be filled by Mentor and Fellow together.
What is the TAX RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE (TRC), and why should I issue it?
Tax Residency Certificate (TRC) is a confirmation of the tax payer’s residency. This must be issued by the competent tax authorities of the associate’s country of your residence. Particularly, the tax certificate should state that the named natural or legal person is resident in said country for the purposes of The Double Taxation Convention that predicts preference conditions to pay withholding tax (lower withholding tax or exemption from this tax) by the taxpayer.
If you do not provide the certificate of residence, it shall be assumed that you failed to establish your residence in a way allowing the EIT Food Partner to apply the provisions of the relevant agreement on avoidance of double taxation or tax relieves. As a result, your remuneration, specified in the Intern Consent Form, is going to be deducted from the whole amount of the withholding tax that must be paid by the company. Submitting the certificate of tax residency to us may lead to the deduction of your remuneration only from a part of the withholding tax or avoidance of its deduction.
To sum up: If you provide us with a TRC, you will avoid double taxation. You will not pay any tax in Poland. We (our Partner CLC Nort-East Sp. z o.o., Poland) will transfer the full amount of your financial support to your bank account. After completing the internship, you will receive an IFT-1 document which is a “tax statement”, and you will settle tax only in your country.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is 8th March 2024 (23:59 CET)
Will I be notified of the decision concerning my application?
Yes, you will receive an email after each stage of the recruitment process.
How will I know if I was qualified for the workshops?
Information about shortlisted candidates who met the selection criteria and qualified for workshops will be placed on the project website. Each candidate will also receive information on provided e-mail.
When will the RIS Fellowships AL online workshops take place?
The list of available on-line workshops will be available in April on our website. Candidates will take part in 3 hours exciting on-line networking workshops where they will solve group case-study. They will also get a chance to strengthen their job-related skills, including analytical thinking and creative problem solving. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. All participants need to take care of:
good Internet connection
good camera resolution and speakers quality
a quiet and peaceful place to enable themselves and other participants focus on tasks
How will I know if I was qualified for the on-line interview?
The list of best workshop participants who met the selection criteria will be placed on the project website. Not all workshop participants will be invited for an online interview with a host company. Only candidates who host companies will choose will be individually informed about on-line interviews on his/her email.
When will the on-line interviews take place?
The on-line interviews with host companies will take place at the third stage of the recruitment process in May/June 2024 (PhD) and from July 2024 (MSc). Candidates who met the selection criteria will be matched to the internship areas offered by host companies. Candidates will be individually invited via email for the on-line interview with particular host companies.
How do I receive financial support?
Each student selected during the recruitment process will receive financial support depending on the mode and length of his internship.
EIT Food RIS Fellowships Activity Line offers 3 possible internship modes:
3) hybrid (stationary & on-line).
Financial support will be provided:
In case of the stationary mode of internship – to cover travel and accommodation expenses;
In case of on-line internship – to customise the internship workplace at their homes using all that is needed to use electronic means of communication during remote work, i.e. quality computer equipment (like a computer, keyboard, mouse, headphones, speakers, etc. – adequate to the tasks during the internship, in-line with the safety and security regulations), to cover costs related to its installation, service, operation and maintenance, technical support and all necessary training to it, equipment insurance, improving or securing fast internet connection or all necessary software and applications or on-line services/subscriptions, financial support should enable the proper organisation of a workplace meeting the hygiene & ergonomics requirements (like an ergonomic chair, footrest, desk, workplace lighting, etc.)
Due to the fact that the costs in each mode are different, EIT Food RIS Fellowships Activity Line offers the following division of financial support.
Fellowships (master/bachelor students):
Stationary mode – 1500,00 EUR per month
On-line – 800,00 EUR per month
Talents (doctoral students):
Stationary mode – 2000,00 EUR per month
On-line mode – 950,00 EUR per month
In hybrid mode, financial support would be given pro-rata according to the time spent on each form of an internship. We allow the possibility of changing the internship mode during the internship.
In this case, the costs will be calculated accordingly (part of the month in on-line mode, the rest in stationary mode). The financial support will be paid in monthly instalments after the host company representative will confirm that the internship goes according to plan. The financial support will be paid after each of the completed internship months. The financial support might be a subject of taxation depending on the legal requirements applying to the sides of the grant agreements. Worth to highlight is that the payment for the internship is made monthly in arrears.
When do I receive financial support?
The payment for the internship is made monthly in arrears. After you finish the first full month of internship your Mentor will inform us that you filled your obligations. After that it will take up to 30 days for the money to come on your account.
REMEMBER: IT IS UP TO 30 DAYS AFTER EACH FULL MONTH TO RECEIVE MONEY, BE PREPARED FINANCIALLY FOR THAT PERIOD
What documents will I receive from participation in the RIS Fellowships Activity Line?
All workshop participants will receive a proof of workshop attendance. If necessary for external arrangements (leave of absence at the University), interns may receive a letter of intentions from the project’s team and hosting company.