Guide For Evaluators

I. Description and Scope of A2M2TECH

The aim of A2M2TECH is to deliver an interdisciplinary, inter-sectorial and international excellence doctoral training programme in all aspects of advanced manufacturing and advanced materials, with a major focus on additive manufacturing and related technologies. The programme brings together various strong laboratories and research centers in order to run a collaborative Ph.D. programme in the fields of Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

The programme is led by Gazi University (GU) ( in Turkey and coordinated through the Additive Manufacturing Technologies Application and Research Center (EKTAM), a National Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing. In addition to GU, there are 3 other reputable Turkish universities as Partner Organizations namely; Middle East Technical University, İstanbul Technical University, and İzmir Institute of Technology. We are seeking 22 Ph.D. candidates, called early-stage researchers (ESRs) to work under A2M2TECH project. Recruited ESR fellows under A2M2TECH will be primarily supervised and assessed by the Ph.D. supervisors at their host institutions, who will be responsible for the assessment of their duties with respect to the planned activities. The program, cofounded by European Commission and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), provides excellent career perspectives in the area of additive manufacturing through the integration of multidisciplinary research and training in academia and industry. Recruited 22 ESRs will be provided with the opportunity to carry out secondments in several national & international host institutions with a particular focus on the inter-sectoral University-Industry collaboration. Selected ESRs will receive a high-level training program combining local and program-wide activities that will enhance their research and personal skills, providing them with new career perspectives and opportunities. Recruited 22 ESRs will be distributed among participating institutions as follows; Gazi University (Coordinator) 13 ESRs, Middle East Technical University 4 ESRs, İstanbul Technical University 3 ESRs, and İzmir Institute of Technology 2 ESRs. ESRs will select 22 research topics out of predetermined 36 ones.

Merit-based Evaluation and Interviews

A maximum score of 60 out of 100 points may be obtained from the evaluation of merits as detailed below. In addition to merit based evaluation, there will be interviews with 44 shortlisted candidates to be conducted by 6 evaluators out of which 3 of them will be independent external experts. The rest of the three evaluators will be: one representative of the beneficiary GU/EKTAM, two representatives from other hosting universities (GU, METU, ITU, IZTECH). Interviews will constitute 40 points out of 100 of the overall evaluation.

II. Evaluation Criteria

This “Guide for Evaluators” focuses on “Evaluation of Merits” as detailed below:

STEP CRITERIA SCORING (over 100) THRESHOLD PRIORITY (in case of ex-aequo)
ELIGIBILITY CHECK (STEP 1) Application submitted before the deadline In order to pass to Step 2, applicants must fulfil all these criteria
All necessary documents included
Mobility and ESR rules fulfilled
Academic requirements for PhD studies
EVALUATION OF MERITS (STEP 2) Education: graduate and postgraduate education. 30 15 2
Research and working experience: participation in projects, publications, attendance to conferences and events, patents, research skills and competences. 20 10 3
Others: mobility (research stays), supervision and mentoring, public awareness (dissemination & communication activities), English level, suitability of the profile to the doctoral programme. 10 5 4
INTERVIEWS SHORTLISTED (STEP 3) Interest in the host research group, supervisor and topic; Level of independence; Overall potential as researcher; Identification of strengths and weaknesses 40 20 1

At any stage of the evaluation the following principles will be strictly followed:

Any discrimination based on any ground such as gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, disability, age will not be tolerated throughout the programme’s planning, implementation and evaluation stages. European ethical principles on research are strictly followed.