Candidates for the fith (2017) edition of the programme must apply before 8 January 2017. In February, after the first selection stage, a list of selected applicants who are eligible for admission will be compiled, with whom (skype) interviews will be held. Based on the selection criteria and scores, a main list of PhD candidates and a reserve list of PhD candidates will be prepared by the Steering Board, which consists of representatives of the partner institutes. The European Commission will formally approve the student-selection by May/June 2017, following which the final selected PhD candidates will be notified and Doctoral Candidate Agreements will be signed. Thereafter the admitted candidates have until the end of August for the final preparations (visa, accommodation, registration etc.), with the programme starting in September 2017.