It should be noted that we encourage strong applicants who have been able to obtain their own funding (for instance from a national scholarship or a company) to contact the supervisor of a project they are interested in. You can contact them at any time, regardless of national eligibility for the project. If you are ineligible for the project as advertised but have your own funding, then you may still be able to do research in this area, either because it does not get a student through INSPIRE or else because the supervisor is able to devise a similar project that does not overlap.
Recruitment for Sep 2020 start has finished. Projects for Sep 2021 start will be advertised in October.