Frequently Asked Questions

List of frequently asked questions by category.

  • Regarding the research proposal: If one section is shorter than the stipulated, would it be possible to add that extra text to other sections?
 No, every section must not exceed the extension assigned to each section.
  • Which candidates are elegible to apply?
Candidates must be PhD holders at call deadline
Candidates who meet the mobility criteria: not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Spain for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • How i have to prepare my probe of mobility?
You have to fill the mobility declaration. If you are a successful candidate you will need to provide a probe of mobility ( your visa residence or workcontract) to probe that you have not  lived/worked in Spain  for  more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to the call deadline.
  • How can i apply for a position?
to be an elegible candidate you have to submit your application through P-sphere website: You have to fill the application form following the instructions given.
  • Who can help me to formulate my research Project?
It is recommended that the research project is developed in cooperation with the relevant research department or institution and the potential supervisor of each research line offered.
  • How many fellows are available?
The P-SPHERE program will offer 48 fellowships in two calls. The second call offer 24 felloships.
  • Can I apply if I work at UAB or in Spain?
If you have lived or worked at UAB or in Spain for less than 12 months during the last three years immediately prior the call deadline, you will be eligible for a fellowship.
  • Is it possible to update my application or to submit additional material after call deadline?
No. It will be not possible to submit additional material or information once the Management time has received your application.
  • When I will receive information on whether or not I will be offered a fellowship?
The decision it is expected to be made at the beginning of March. Offers will be made by e-mail . It is therefore important that you have access to and regularly check your e-mail at this time.
  • Can I apply if I am not a UE resident?
Yes. This program is open for experienced researchers of all over the world.
  • How many applications can be submitted?
Only one application can be submitted per call per person.
  • What is the duration of the fellowship?
The P-SPHERE program is a 3 years fellowship.
  • Is it possible to update my application after the submission, e.g. if a paper has been accepted?
No, modifications will not be accepted after the submission deadline.
  • What type of research can I propose?
P-SPHERE is a fellowship programme for Experienced Researchers in the broad fields of food, cultural heritatge, health, smart and sustainable cities and Material & Energy. You can check the research lines offered in each area in the program area section.
  • How many position are available in the second call
24 fellowships are available in the second call, one vacancy for each research line.

  • Where I can find practical information about working and living in Spain?
The international Welcome point at UAB can provide you valuable assistance regarding a number of issues related to living and working in Spain. They can help you with the housing, insurances, work and residence-permits and can be your contact when communicating with the bank or Spanish authorities.
  • Which languages are spoken at UAB?
UAB is an international university with 43.000 students, almost 3.510 researchers and teaching staff, and it hosts more than 3100 foreign students. The majority of researchers, students and employees speak English. As in all Catalonia, the language of the UAB is the Catalan, which shares official status with the Spanish language.

  • Medical Inssurance
The contract implies entry into the Spain's Civil Service Pension Fund. Social security and health insurance are covered by the salary
  •  where to live?
The University Village (Vila Universitària) is strategically located, offering comfortable accommodation for students or staff who come from outside the local area. The 860 residential units vary in size, providing accommodation for a total of 2,300 people with a wide variety of available services and benefits.
It is a real on-campus city, with parks, leisure areas and all the basic services for residents (laundry, bakery, supermarket, etc.) There are good road links and regular trains to Barcelona, Sabadell, Cerdanyola del Vallès and Sant Cugat del Vallès.
Vila2 is a new phase made up of by Q-type apartments exclusively for teaching and research staff, administration and services staff, and postgraduate students.

If you visit the Vila Universitària website at:
you will find the reservation form for apartments/rooms in the Campus hall of residence or a flat/room in any of the towns close to the Bellaterra Campus.

More information:
Tel.: +34 93 581 70 04
Fax: +34 93 580 9186

You can also contact the following accommodation services:

Departament d’Habitatge de la Generalitat de Catalunya
(normativa, guía, consejo, recursos...)

The UAB facilitates links to websites that offer housing for students, but it is not involved either in the management of the mentioned websites or in the signing of rental contracts and, consequently, takes no responsibility for any possible disagreements that could arise as a result of the relationship between tenants and landlords.
  • Practical transport Information
Get to the campus Bellaterra UAB:
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) – 2 zones
Station: “Barcelona-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona”
Check for prices in:

RENFE Local trains– 2 zones
Station: Renfe: “Barcelona-Cerdanyola Universitat”
Check for prices in:

Transportes metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB):
Check for prices and zone map in:

Club entrance: 10 - 30€
Music Show or Concert: 20 - 80€
Football match: 20 - 100€
Museum entrance: 5 - 15€
Cinema entrance: 7 -10€
Theatre entrance: 2 - 50€

Generally speaking, monthly expenses are approximately the following:

Food: 250 - 350€
Personal expenses: 160 - 220€
Transport: 60 - 80€
Accommodation: 250 - 500€
TOTAL: 720 - 1.200€
  • Cost of living
You will need to bear in mind the basic expenses you will incur while studying at UAB. In order to adapt your budget accordingly, we have included a list of the main items and  their approximate cost:


Vila Universitària de la UAB – Vila2
Shared apartment / Non-shared apartment*

Vila Universitària – External shared apartament Shared apartment*
*Check the web prices

Accommodation in Barcelona
Shared apartament: 260 - 400€
Non-shared apartament: 700 - 1200€

Accommodation in Cerdanyola del Vallès
Shared apartament: 180 - 270€
Non-shared apartament: 500 - 800€

Accommodation in Sabadell
Shared apartament: 210 - 300
Non-shared apartament: 600 - 800€


The amount of monthly food expenses ranges from  250 to 350

A hamburger: 5€
A Sandwich: 4€
Breakfast at the University Bar: 4€
Lunch at a cheap restaurant: 7 - 12€
Lunch at the University Bar: 5 - 7€
Go out for dinner: 20 - 30€

  • How to get Barcelona
As an important international city, Barcelona has extensive transport links with the whole of Europe and the rest of the world.

Barcelona has a major international airport just 12km from the centre of the city, with flights from Europe, America and the rest of the world. There are also airports in Girona and Reus with bus links to Barcelona. Over the past few years, a number of budget airline have begun flying to these three destinations from across Europe.
For a list of all budget airlines that fly to Barcelona, Girona and Reus, go to
There are buses from all three airports to the centre of Barcelona. Barcelona airport also has a train link.
Check the timetables for transport to the centre of Barcelona from Barcelona, Girona or Reus Airports.

More information:
Tel.: 90 240 47 04

Many trains travel from Spain and the rest of Europe (via France, Italy or Switzerland) to Barcelona’s two main stations, Estació de Sants and Estació de França.

More information:
RENFE – Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles
Tel.: 902 320 320 / 902 243 402

Eurolines and several other companies run coaches from across Europe and North Africa to Barcelona. Because of the city’s geographical location, nearly all coach services from the rest of Europe to Spain and Portugal stop here.

More information:
Estació d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord
Tel.: 90 226 06 06

Barcelona also has good road links.
The AP-7/E-15 comes from France (via Perpignan) in the north and from the eastern and southern Spain (via Valencia and Tarragona) in the south. The UAB is right next to this
motorway and is signposted.
  • How to get UAB Campus
There are different ways of getting t the UAB campus.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)
Line S2: Barcelona-Sabadell, station: Universitat Autònoma. In Barcelona, these trains stop at Catalunya, Provença, Gràcia, Muntaner and Sarrià. You can also take these trains from Sant  Cugat, Sant Quirze and Sabadell, among other places. At Sant Cugat station, there is a connection with line S1 (Terrassa and Rubí). All trains to Sabadell, UAB or Barcelona stop at  the University. The journey time to Barcelona is 30 minutes, and trains depart approximately every 10 minutes.
You need to buy a ticket for 2 zones for this journey.

More information:
Tel.: +34 93 205 15 15
FGC website (
RENFE (Spanish National Railway Network)
Line C4 – Cer danyola Universitat station. From Barcelona you can take the train from Sants, Plaça Catalunya, Arc del Triomf and Sant Andreu Arenal. The journey takes around 30 minutes
from the centre of Barcelona, with trains leaving every 30 minutes. A ten-journey ticket, which can be used by more than one person if travelling together, offers 40% discount.

More information:
Tel.: +34 902 240 202 / 902 243 402
RENFE website ( ).
Free bus service
A free bus service connects the RENFE station to the different buildings across the campus. You can check the UAB-Renfe station shuttle service on the:

Barcelona SARBUS provides a bus service from Barcelona (St. Andreu Arenal/Fabra i Puig) to the UAB, with a bus leaving every 30 minutes. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

More information:
Tel.: + 34 93 580 67 00
SARBUS website (

Other towns
There are daily bus services from many towns, including Cerdanyola, Igualada, Badalona, Montcada i Reixac, Sabadell and Mataró. You can find information on timetables for these
services on the following link:

The easiest way to get to the UAB by road is to take the motorway. You can check the motorway exits on the following map:
AP-7: direction Tarragona-Lleida, if travelling from the north; direction Girona, if travelling from Barcelona or the south. C-58 Barcelona-Sabadell-Terrassa-Manresa.
Several other roads connect Bellaterra with the surrounding towns and villages.

Car sharing
The Student Services Office organises the Shared Transport Service, with the aim of enabling members of the university community to offer their vehicle or find a vehicle to share when  they travel to the UAB. By sharing your car with other students, you help to preserve the environment and reduce your own costs.
If you are still not sure how to get to the campus using public transport, you can check the website and find out further information on the most comfortable, economical
and environmentally friendly ways of travelling to the UAB
  • Useful addresses

International Welcome Point (IWP)
Campus de Bellaterra-Plaza Cívica
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Tel.: +34 93 581 22 10
Fax: +34 93 586 80 25
Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3 pm except
Thursday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Information desk
General information about the UAB
Campus de Bellaterra-Plaza Cívica
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Tel.: +34 93 581 11 11
Fax: +34 93 581 25 95




Citizen Advice Office (OAC) Barcelona

City Hall Sabadell
City Hall Cerdanyola





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