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Researchers in motion

A Guide For
Outgoing Researchers

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What are the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct
for their Recruitment?

The European Charter for Researchers (Charter) spells out a set of general principles and requirements which specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as those of employers and funders of researchers. It provides a framework for the career management of researchers, addressing all researchers, employers and funders who would like to benefit from, develop and maintain a supportive research environment and working culture.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Code) consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements ensure transparency of the recruitment and selection process with equal treatment of all applicants, and the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.

Together the Charter and Code are one of the cornerstones of EURAXESS Rights.

Who is invited to endorse the Charter & Code?

Employers and funders of researchers from all countries are invited to endorse the Charter & Code. Endorsements from organisations representing researchers are equally invited. More than 1,000 research institutions, research funders and organisations representing researchers have already expressed their endorsement either directly or via their umbrella organisations.

Why should research employers or funders endorse the Charter & Code?

If you are a research employer or funder, endorsing the Charter & Code will imply the following:

  1. You support a change in working culture
  2. You join a truly pan-European network consisting of researchers and research organisations
  3. You stand for a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers
  4. You show that you care about your researchers/employees
  5. You benefit from international visibility by being listed on the EURAXESS Rights website
Why should researchers choose employers or funders that have endorsed
the Charter & Code?

If your employer or funder has endorsed the Charter & Code you can be confident of the following:

  1. Your rights as a professional are recognised and enhanced
  2. Your mobility experience is valued
  3. Your work-life balance is respected
  4. Your recruitment will follow a transparent process
  5. You join a truly pan-European network consisting of research organisations and researchers
How can my organisation endorse the Charter & Code?

If your organisation would like to endorse the Charter & Code, a scanned letter to this effect should be sent to Your organisations will then be listed here and the letter published next to the name of your organisation. The letter should be signed by the highest authority of your organisation.

Declarations of endorsements by employers and funders should ideally be followed by a concrete action plan for the implementation of the Charter & Code principles within the framework of the "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code". However, this is not mandatory.

Where can my organisation find guidance for the implementation of the Charter & Code?

Please view the following section on the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Who has already endorsed the Charter & Code?

The list of organisations that have already endorsed the Charter & Code, listed by country, is available here.

Where can I find more information?

Information about the Charter & Code can be found here. Brochures in different languages are available for download or can be requested from the European Commission. If you have further questions please contact the EURAXESS team at the European Commission or one of the 200 EURAXESS Services Centres.

Last modified: 23.05.2011. 10:04
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