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What are the MSCA Individual Fellowships?

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to 'blue-sky' science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support forms of innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

By means of the MSCA Individual Fellowships scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. These actions are meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.

There are two types of MSCA Individual Fellowships:

European Fellowships

  • Held in the EU or associated countries.
  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

Global Fellowships

  • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  • There is a mandatory one-year return period.
  • European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

What does the funding cover?

The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to a host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe that employs the Experienced Researchers. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported.

European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years.

How to apply?

For applying it is necessary to submit a research proposal, including the fellow´s CV. The proposal is written jointly with your chosen host organisation(s) (a university, a research centre or a company).

Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal.

Who can apply?

All candidates interested in applying for an individual fellowship IF 2016 need to be Experienced Researchers (ER), this means to be in the possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of the call deadline(14/09/16).

The IF proposal has be prepared between the ER and the supervisor of the Host Institution who will recruit him/her.

Eligibility criteria

1. European Fellowships

Allowing mobility between European countries and from Third Countries to Europe. Duration of the projects: 12 to 24 months

Standard European Fellowship

  • Open to ER of any nationality.
  • The ER must move or have moved from any country to the Member State (MS) / Horizon 2020 Associate Country (AC) where the host institution is located.
  • The ER has to comply with the mobility rule: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline (14/09/2016).

Career Restart Panel (CAR)

  • Supports researchers who want to resume research in Europe after a break in research
  • Open to ER of any nationality.
  • The ER must move or have moved from any country to the MS / AC where the host institution is located.
  • Break in research: not active in research for at least 12 months prior to the call deadline.
  • The ER has to comply with the mobility rule: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution for more than 36 months in the 5 years immediately before the call deadline (14/09/2016).

Reintegration panel (RI)

  • Supports researchers who want to return and reintegrate in a longer term research position in Europe
  • Open to ER nationals or long-term residents of MS / AC (period of full-time research activity in MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years)
  • The ER must move or have moved from a Third Country to the MS / AC where the host institution is located.
  • The ER has to comply with the mobility rule: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution for more than 36 months in the 5 years immediately before the call deadline (14/09/2016).

2. Global Fellowships

Allowing an initial outgoing phase to a Third Country (TC) and a final returning phase to Europe. Duration of the projects: 24 to 36 months (12 – 24 outgoing phase + 12 months final European phase).

Standard European Fellowship

  • Open to ER nationals or long-term residents of MS / AC (period of full-time research activity in MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years).
  • The ER must move or have moved from any country to the TC of the outgoing phase.
  • The ER has to comply with the mobility rule in the Third Country of the outgoing phase: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the TC for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline (14/09/2016).
  • The ER is recruited during the whole duration of the project by the European Host Institution.

Medios

Participant Portal
Euraxess España
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
eshorizonte2020