The aim of the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (also called Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)Postdoctoral Fellowships) is to support the careers of researchers and promote excellence in research. The Postdoctoral Fellowships event is aimed at Ph.D. students who want to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills, and develop their careers. Postdoctoral Fellowships help researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines, and non-academic sectors.
|Host Country||Varies depending on the type of fellowship and research program|
|Eligible Nationality||International or EU Member State or Euratom Associated depending on the type of fellowship|
|Experience||Fresh or maximum 8-year experience|
|Discipline||All disciplines are eligible|
|Application opening date||April 2023|
|Closing Date||13 September 2023|
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are a set of major research grants created by the European Union/European Commission to support research in the European Research Area (ERA). Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are among the most competitive and prestigious European research and innovation scholarships. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are the reference program of the European Union for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.
Founded in 1996 as Marie Curie Actions and known as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions since 2014, they aim to support the career development and further education of researchers at all career stages. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships promote interdisciplinary research and international cooperation and support scientists not only from Europe but also from all over the world. Wikipedia
Types of MSCA/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships
There are 2 types of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions postdoctoral fellowships:
1. European Postdoctoral Fellowships
European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research careers. These scholarships take place in an EU member state or a country associated with the Horizon Europe program and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.
2. Global Postdoctoral Fellowships
They finance the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts 2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 to 2 years will be spent in a non-affiliated third country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to an organization based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe affiliate. Only nationals or long-term residents of EU member states or countries associated with Horizon Europe can apply.
For postdoctoral fellowships in research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme, researchers must be nationals or long-term residents of an EU Member State or Euratom Associated Country. The host organization employing the researcher must also be established in an EU Member State or Euratom Associated Country.
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Requirements
Researchers interested in MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of the application deadline.
- Applicants who have successfully defended their Ph.D. thesis but have not yet been formally awarded a Ph.D. will also be considered eligible to apply.
- Candidates having a maximum of eight years of experience in research, from the date of the award of the Ph.D. degree can also apply. The years of experience outside research, and career breaks do not count towards the above maximum, nor do years of experience in research in third countries, e.g. nationals or long-term residents of EU member states or countries associated with the Horizon Europe program who wish to reintegrate into Europe.
- Applicants should meet the mobility rules: they must not reside or carry out their main activity (work, study, etc.) in the recipient country (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships) or the host organization for the exit phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months within a 36-month period immediately before the call deadline.
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Funding Coverage
The EU provides support for 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
Researchers can receive additional support to carry out an internship of up to 6 months in a non-academic organization based in an EU Member State or a country associated with the Horizon Europe program. This placement must take place at the end of their friendship.
How to apply?
Interested researchers apply together with the host organization, which can be a university, research institution, enterprise, SME, or other organization based in an EU member state or a Horizon Europe-associated country. All disciplines are eligible for postdoctoral fellowships, including research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme.