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Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowships are now open for application!

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are individual grants aimed at researchers of any nationality who wish to carry out a research project as part of an international mobility programme, in order to acquire new skills and develop their careers.



Types of grants


There are two types of fellowship:

  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships: these are awarded to project leaders for a period of 12 to 24 months within a beneficiary organisation located in a Member State of the European Union (EU) or in a Horizon Europe Associated Country. Applicants may be of any nationality.

  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: fellowships for project leaders for a total duration of 24 to 36 months, consisting of two phases:

    • an outgoing phase, lasting between 12 and 24 months, within an institution located in a third country (outside the EU and the Associated Countries),

    • a compulsory return phase of 12 months in an establishment located in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country. Applicants must be natives or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries.


Indicative timeline


  • 23 April 2024: Launch of the call for proposals

  • 11 September 2024: Deadline for submitting proposals

  • February 2025: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)

  • April 2025: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)

  • April 2025: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)


Eligible themes

 

All research themes are eligible.

 

To be eligible, applicants must, on the closing date of the call for projects:

 

  • Hold a doctorate (or have defended a doctoral thesis);

  • Have less than 8 years' research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining their (first) doctoral degree;

  • Respect the mobility rule: not have resided or carried out their main activity (employment, studies, etc.) in the application country (Beneficiary country for European FPs and country of the Associate Partner of the first phase for Global FPs) for more than 12 months during the 3 years preceding the closing date of the call for projects.

 

Eligible institutions

 

Any autonomous legal entity based in an EU Member State or in a Horizon Europe Associated Country may be a beneficiary of an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship (a university, a research centre, a company, a SME, a NGO, a museum, etc.). The participation of establishments based in third countries as Associate Partners is compulsory for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships and possible for European Postdoctoral Fellowships in the context of "secondments" (research stays).


Duration

 

  • 12 to 24 months for European Postdoctoral Fellowships,

  • 24 to 36 months for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships (including a compulsory 12-month return phase in an establishment based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country).

 

Financing

 

The funding, in the form of unit costs, covers :

  • the grant holder's remuneration for the duration of the project,

  • research, training and network costs,

  • management and indirect costs.

 

Optional terms and conditions

 

During these scholarships, it will be possible for candidates to carry out :

 

  • a secondment (Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: not possible during the return phase of the project):

    • duration: up to one third of the project (EPF) / up to one third of the outgoing phase (GPF)

    • objective: to develop a skill, gain access to cutting-edge technology, apply results, etc. There must be real added value for the project

    • implementation: a single mobility or several shorter stays

    • where: any country in the world

  • a placement:

    • duration: up to 6 additional months at the end of the project

    • objective: to carry out research and innovation work in a non-academic organisation

    • implementation: mobility in a non-academic sector organisation

    • where: EU Member State or Associated Country

 

How do I submit a proposal?

 

To obtain this funding, applicants must submit a proposal in response to the call for Postdoctoral Fellowships on the European Commission's Funding & Tenders Portal, together with their future host institution (beneficiary organisation) and with the help of their future supervisor. Proposals will then be evaluated by independent experts.


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