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Cultural heritage outreach in romance languages (CHORAL) project

Cofund Doctoral Programme in Cultural Heritage

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Published on Thursday, February 01, 2024


Coordinated by the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, CHORAL (Cultural Heritage Outreach in RomAnce Languages) is a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie programme co-funded by the European Union. It is tied to the Cultural Heritage Hub, an international research network within the Unita Alliance, which structures its research ecosystem facing cultural related challenges. CHORAL aims to train high-quality international researchers and to encourage the development of interdisciplinary, international and inter-sectoral research that addresses any aspect of Cultural Heritage. The successful candidates will enrol in PhD programs under joint supervision that will require an international mobility. Choral students will benefit from dedicated events and a tailored doctoral training programme.



CHORAL (Cultural Heritage Outreach in RomAnce Languages) is a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie pro- gramme co-funded by the European Union. It is tied to the Cultural Heritage Hub, an international research network within the Alliance, which structures its research ecosystem facing cultural related challenges.

CHORAL aims to train high-quality international researchers and to nurture the development of interdisciplinary, international and inter-sectoral research that addresses any aspect of Cultural Heritage. The successful candidates will enroll in PhD programs under joint supervision that will require an international mobility. Choral students will benefit from dedicated events and a tailored doctoral training programme.

Applications are open until March 22nd, 2024 for 14 grants on multiple PhD research topics in 7 Universities of the UNITA Alliance for fully funded 3-years PhDs, starting on fall 2024.

Why undertake a CHORAL PhD?

  • Get high quality training and research guaranteed by the expertise of the UNITA Alliance Research Laboratories within the dedicated Cultural Heritage Hub.
  • Collaborate with partners and international leaders in Cultural Heritage. Enjoy dedicated support: from reception to professional integration.
  • To be a player in the social, economic and cultural transformation of rural and cross-border mountain territories. Benefit from dedicated mobility and travel allowances and research costs support.
  • Graduated with a double degree from 2 different European Universities

CHORAL’s goals inbrief

  • Train at the highest level a total of 42 international and high potential researchers in the domains of Cultural Heritage Outreach in RomAnce Languages
  • Give young scientists the opportunity to become part o f a very strong academic-industrial network in order to consolidate collaboration between sectors
  • Promote high-quality training with a triple approach (international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary)

Timeline of the call, deadlines for submission, and results

In alignment with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of the Researchers and the evaluation procedures set out by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, CHORAL will establish 3 successive calls – in January 2024, 2025 and 2026. The schedule for CALL#1 is detailed below (Dates may however be subject to some variations).

  • Opening of CALL#1:22/01/2024
  • Ending of CALL#1 (Deadline for submission and deposit on the application platform): 22/03/2024

  • Start of the evaluation process by the different com- mittees (Eligibility, Ethics Committee): 25/03/2024
  • Experts evaluation of the candidates’ application:01/04/2024 to 26/04/2024
  • Interviews: 06/05/2024 to 24/05/2024
  • Final Decision: June 2024
  • Publication of the results: Before the end of June 2024
  • Start of the PhD (if selected): September 2024

At the end of CALL#1, 14 PhD candidates will be recruited for a duration of 36 months. The best ranked proposals will be short-listed for interviews, and applicants will be informed of the output of this step via a dedicated online platform.

Information about PhD topics

Candidates cannot propose their own subjects nor write a proposal. Research topics have been proposed by habilited supervisors from the Doctoral Schools of UPPA and the implementing partners after a call launched towards the aca- demic community of the programme. Candidates must choose among the subjects posted on the CHORAL interface.

CHORAL places cultural heritage and the cultural and creative industries at the very heart of the research programme. It is designed to train the future generations of Cultural Heritage experts in Europe, with the scope of covering all aspects of cultural heritage, with a special focus on remote or endangered areas.

25 proposed PhD topics address any aspect of cultural heritage (as defined by UNESCO) and all within one of the fol- lowing themes:

  • Study and preservation of tangible CH: visual arts, monuments and buildings, archaeological sites, palaeontol- ogy, industrial archaeology, places of memory, museums and collections, art conservation and restoration, legis- lation for the protection of cultural and natural heritage
  • Intangible CH and identity narratives: oral traditions, romance languages and literature, performing arts (mu- sic, dance, drama), rituals, travels, cultural identity, religion, collective and individual memory, migrations, vulner- able communities, gender studies, transnational history, values, human rights
  • Enhancement and dissemination of cultural and natural heritage: tourism and valorisation, education, com- munication, heritage management, digitisation/digital tools, storytelling, institutions and heritage
  • Innovation policies for the development of marginalised areas: natural heritage and cultural landscapes, cli- mate impact on mountain/rural areas, flora, agriculture, and landscape, culture and food, fauna, livestock farming and biodiversity sectors to ensure the economic strength of mountain regions and cross-border

The list of proposed PhD research topics is available on CHORAL website : https://www.research.univ-unita.eu/en/choral-project/phd-offers.html

Application procedure

In order to apply to CALL#1, applicants must comply with the following requirements:

Registration on the application platform

First of all, the candidate must go to https://aap.univ-pau.fr, and create an account to have access to 1st Call for appli- cations for HORIZON-MSCA-Cofund CHORAL PhD, and register his/her profile. Once the account created, the applicant can have access to the call and complete the form. To go further in his/her application, he/she must check that his/her application meets the Eligibility criteria described in 5.3.1. If you don’t speak french, don’t forget to change the platform to english.

If the applicant encounters any problem during the application process on the platform, he/she should contact application-helpdesk.choral@univ-pau.fr .

Submission of a complete Application Form on the dedicated platform

When the previous steps are completed, candidates must submit their Application Form and all required documents, on the following dedicated online application and evaluation platform https://aap.univ-pau.fr: each applicant will re- ceive an automatically generated confirmation email when the complete application document is successfully received. A Helpdesk service is available throughout the process at application-helpdesk.choral@univ-pau.fr.

IMPORTANT: The application must be in English and uploaded in PDF format. Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.

The Application Form should contain all the following mandatory documents:

  1. A full CV (Template provided – See 7. Annex I) that includes all personal information, education background, re- search activities (if any) and information about two referees
  2. Two Reference letters (in a single PDF file): each referee will submit a letter concerning the applicant’s previous research activities and the applicant's research capacity and working experience
  3. A personal statement (Template provided – See Annex I - maximum of 3 pages) that includes general motivation letter for participation in CHORAL and the research topic, qualifications and achievements, career development objectives, collaboration requested beyond higher education sector for short stays
  4. An ethics and security issues self-assessment
  5. A copy of the Master’s degree and academic transcripts translated into English; for candidates with a Master’s degree in progress during the academic year of the call, marks and rankings corresponding to the first semester of the Master 2.
  6. Copies of certificates of English language proficiency (for non-English native speaking applicants) : Cambridge First Certificate or equivalent, TOEIC, TOEFL, a certificate of your Master’s university attesting the English
  7. Copies of a valid identity card (for EU citizens) or a valid passport (for visa application if selected)
  8. A declaration on honour (template provided) about the conformity of the mobility information

Successive stages in the selection process

The Research projects and their associated candidates will be selected according to a very rigorous process, taking place in successive stages where different committees will be involved:

  1. An Eligibility committee will first check that all Eligibility criteria mentioned are met.
  2. A Review panel with three external experts will evaluate: CV, personal statement, reference letters, degrees and marks. The best-ranked proposals for each PhD topics will be short-listed for interviews, and applicants will be informed of the output of this step by the PM, via the online
  3. Interview panel: for each applicant, an interview panel will perform remote After all the interviews, a proposal ranking list for each PhD position will be issued, including a principal and a reserve list.
  4. Applicant Selection Committee: the top scoring applications will be presented to the Steering Committee who will endorse the final funding Once the final short and reserve lists issued, applicants will be informed of the output of this step by the PM.

Selections will be made regardless of gender, nationality, religion, ethnicity and cultural background, but aiming for a good balance among the group.

Description of the evaluation and selection process

For the evaluation of the candidature, 3 steps can be distinguished:

STEP 1: Verification of the Eligibility criteria of the candidates

In order to participate in CHORAL program, the applicants will have to demonstrate they satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Diploma: On the date of application, the candidate must be a doctoral candidate, e not already in posses- sion of a doctoral degree at the deadline of the call, but in possession of a Master’s Degree ena- bling to do a PhD in Social Science, Arts, Architecture and Humanities applied to Cultural Herit- age.
  • Seniority: Any candidate in possession of the required diploma can apply regardless of the year of obten- tion of the diploma.
  • Mobility rule: MSCA rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, et.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years preceding the date of the call deadline. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not considered.
  • Nationality: The call is open to researchers of any nationality.
  • Language: Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to provide proof of proficiency
  • in the language, as CHORAL’s working language is English.:A minimum B2 level in English is required. A variety of English Language tests may be provided, such as TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL Internet-based Test, IELTS, CPE, PTE (Pearson Test of English), CAE. Please check to be sure your test results are still valid (some tests are valid for 2 years, whereas CPE and CAE results are valid for life)
  • Number of applications: Possibility to apply to 3 PhD topics offered within a call for proposals.
  • Formal proposal criteria: Application submitted before the deadline (all required support documents must be submitted online via the call website). Completeness of the application (including potential Supervisor’s letter of support). Application submitted in English. The candidates have to make sure to be in possession of a visa to work in European Union

STEP 2: Evaluation of the Research Proposal and the Applicant's credential

Applications that meet the Eligibility criteria described in 5.2.1 will be sent to three external experts for review, based on the reference letter, the extended CV, and the personal statement (See 4.2) and be scored.

The score will be calculated by the PC and The PM which will result in a ranked list for each doctoral candidates position. The threshold to reach the interview will be 70 out of 100 and the maximum number of applicants invited for interviews will be 4 for each positions offered.

For the evaluation at any of the following steps (eligibility check, application review, and interview), applicants can appeal against the decisions, based on administrative or procedural arguments only. If the request is successful, the application will be re-evaluated, the candidate interviewed or re- interviewed or included (re-included) in a list for funding.

STEP 3: Criteria for interviews

The Management Team of CHORAL (PC and PM) will combine the feedback from the 3 independent reviewers, and calculate the average score which will result in a ranked list for each doctoral candidate’s position. It will determine which applicants will be invited for interview based on the rank order.

At the interview stage, short-listed candidates will be invited to present and discuss their applications during an online interview that will consist in a presentation of their curriculum vitae and motivation followed by questions and answers.

Interviews will consist in a presentation given by the candidate about his/her background, previous and recent research experience and his/her professional project and motivation for the thesis project of his/her choice. During the inter- views, the candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria: general presentation of the project, research capability and leadership potential.

Working conditions of the Fellowship

In each PhD position, the doctoral candidate is enrolled in two universities: the recruiting university and the co-super- vising university. Each doctoral candidate will be hired by the recruiting university for a 36-month Research work con- tract (doctoral contract), governed by the recruiting university national regulations.

In all cases, the employment conditions for doctoral candidates will follow the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Doctoral candidates will be subject to employment conditions and entitlements similar to those of perma- nent researchers regarding working hours, paid annual leave, health care coverage, maternity/paternity leave, pension, and unemployment insurance. They may also be eligible for a family allowance depending on their individual situation. Gender equality will be guaranteed throughout the recruitment process. Support will also be provided to researchers with disabilities and researchers holding refugee status. Applicants having taken a career break may be eligible for the project, as long as they apply within three years from obtaining their Master’s degree.

The monthly gross salary will depend on the recruiting country. The following list presents an indicative gross salary after employers' taxation, provided as guidance.

CHORAL Fellows will benefit from the following advantages:

  • A mobility allowance of 4500€ to undertake research-related mobility such as travel and
  • A travel allowance of 3500€ over the 3 years to enable fellows to attend international
  • Personalized training, individual support: doctoral students will design a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP) at the start of their thesis and have access to a wide variety of trainings and


For any question, please contact application-helpdesk.choral@univ-pau.fr or the Management Team of CHORAL:

  • Carole HARITCHABALET, Project Coordinator - PC: choral@univ-pau.fr
  • Flavie DESCHAMPS, Project Manager - PM: choral@univ-pau.fr

For any question, consult the FAQ of CHORAL website: https://www.research.univ-unita.eu/en/choral-project.html


  • Friday, March 22, 2024


  • cultural, heritage, Phd


  • Flavie Deschamps
    courriel : flavie [dot] deschamps [at] univ-pau [dot] fr

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  • Flavie Deschamps
    courriel : flavie [dot] deschamps [at] univ-pau [dot] fr


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