MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships develop the creative and innovative potential of PhD-level researchers who want to learn new skills through advanced training and international, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral mobility. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will be available to outstanding researchers of any nationality.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA)

The European Union/European Commission established the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) program to support European Research Area (ERA) research. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions are among Europe’s most prestigious and competitive research and innovation fellowships.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Details

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding researchers who are pursuing international mobility within or between the EU Member States, Horizon Europe Associated Countries, and non-associated Third Countries. The researcher and a beneficiary from the academic or non-academic sectors will apply together.

The scheme also encourages researchers to work on non-academic research and innovation projects. It is open to researchers who want to reintegrate into Europe, those who have been displaced by conflict, and researchers with high potential who want to restart their careers in research.

Postdoctoral Fellowships can be held in Europe (either in an EU Member State or in a Horizon Europe Associated Country) or in a Third Country that is not a member of Horizon Europe.

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European Postdoctoral Fellowships

European Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to researchers of any nationality who wish to participate in R&I projects by either moving to Europe from anywhere in the world or coming to Europe from anywhere in the world. These fellowships must typically last between 12 and 24 months.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to European nationals or long-term residents who want to work on research and innovation projects with organizations outside of EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. These fellowships require a 12-month outgoing phase in a non-associated Third Country and a 12-month return phase to a host organization in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Financial Coverage

The EU provides financial assistance to the recruited researcher in the form of:

  • a living allowance
  • a mobility allowance
  • if applicable, family, long-term leave, and special needs allowances

In addition, funding is provided for

  • research, training, and networking activities
  • management and indirect costs

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Eligibility Criteria for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

The candidates who have to apply for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Candidates must hold a PhD at the time of the application deadline. Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but have not yet been formally awarded the doctorate degree are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must have at least eight years of research experience as of the date their PhD is awarded.
  • Years of experience outside of research and career breaks will not be counted towards the above maximum, nor will years of experience in research in third countries for nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries wishing to reintegrate into Europe.
  • should follow mobility rules: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the beneficiary’s country (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships) or the host organization for the incoming phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the call deadline.

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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Timeline

  • 12 April 2023: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 13 September 2023: Deadline for submitting proposals

How to Apply

  • Interested researchers apply with a host organization, which can be a university, research institution, business, SME, or other organization based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.
  • Apply to an open funding call posted on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.
  • Offers are frequently in very specific areas of research proposed by the host organization. Many times, you will work with a supervisor to develop your application. You must carefully review the requirements to ensure eligibility to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in all disciplines, including those covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

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