Postdoctoral Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility.

The fellows carry out their own research project in collaboration with a host institution, which is indicated at the time of their application. Researchers of all ages, nationalities and scientific disciplines can apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) provide an extremely enriching experience, that enhance the career perspectives for researchers by developing new scientific competences and gaining international and collaborative research experience.

Complutense as a Host Institution


The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1499).

The UCM enrols over 80,000 students, almost 6,000 faculties and more than 3,000 administration and service staff and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain. 

Research Groups

There are more than 200 UCM research groups interested in hosting researchers through MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

They are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious researchers who meet the MSCA-PF eligibility criteria.

If you are ready to take the next step in your research career look into our university's host offers.

European Office

The Complutense University of Madrid as host institution, through a dedicated European Research Office, supports MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates both in the application process and in managing the grant.

We offer, among other specific support services, an in-depth review of the proposal by experienced advisors: internal deadline to send the draft proposal to office is August 31, 2021.

Expressions of Interest

The next section include information about several UCM supervisors that have expressed their interests to host MSCA experienced researchers in their research group. If you are interested in one of them, you should contact the corresponding Scientific Supervisor directly.

The web search application will help you find the offer that best suits your interests. Just enable and use the filters (click on the filter icon). You can search by faculty, research area, and research topic to be proposed / description of the research group (by means of keywords). Visit the links provided in the search results (table below) to display further information.

Some offers the supervisors ask for particular documents. If you are required to submit a project proposal or you do not know exactly what send to present your candidature, you can use our template 'One Page Proposal'. 

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ERC group
MSCA Group
Scientific Supervisor
Emanuela Lombardo
Contact email
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Research group
Gender and Politics
Political Science and Administration
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Political and Social Science
Group description
Gender and Politics is a group that develops research on political science from gender and intersectionality perspectives and on gender equality policies. Prof Emanuela Lombardo and Prof María Bustelo direct the group in the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of Madrid Complutense University. The group's research lines include: gender equality policies in Europe; gender mainstreaming; political intersectionality; political representation and gender; policy implementation and gender; evaluation and gender; Europeanization of gender equality policies; feminist political analysis; resistances/opposition to gender equality policies; populism and feminist politics; democratic backsliding and gender in Europe; gender equality policies in university settings. The group has been evaluated as ‘excellent’ by the Ministry of Research. It has directed and participated in several European Union and Spanish research projects on gender and politics, and organizes periodical research seminars (see

The group’s PIs at UCM currently coordinate the following research projects:

UNIGUAL (Gender Equality Policies in the Spanish University Setting) Project Ref: Fem2017-86004- Funding: Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities web:

UNISAFE (Ending Gender-based violence) Grant agreement no. 101006261 Funding: European Commission H2020 web:

SUPERA (Supporting the promotion of Equality in Research and Academia) Grant agreement No. 787829 Funding: European Commission H2020 web:
Research topic
-Processes of democratic backsliding in the European Union from gender perspectives in intersection with inequalities of class, race, ethnicity and sexuality
- Populism and feminist politics in the European Union
- Opposition to gender equality in Europe and anti-gender political parties
- Feminist political responses to anti-gender opposition and democratic backsliding
- Feminist politics and gender equality policies and at the European Union level
- Feminist politics and gender equality policies at the local and regional levels
- European integration and disintegration from gender perspectives
- Implementation of gender equality policies in university: resistances against it and feminist counter-resistances
- Gender and science / knowledge /research policies
- Evaluation of gender equality policies
- Qualitative methods (discursive analysis/frame analysis, interviews, focus groups, ethnographic methods)
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
- Political science or sociology PhD
- Excellent English skills
- Letter of motivation; CV; one piece of research work authored by the researcher (article, paper, or chapter) that they consider representative of their work
Candidatures: deadline
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Tenure-Track Position for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowships?

The "Plan de Actuaciones en Profesorado 2020-23 (ES)" of the Complutense University includes among its calls several options for further hiring of researchers with a PhD. All options require an excellent CV and being granted National Accreditation.

Among the requirements for the stabilization of a Researcher to Assistant Professor, it is required that the researcher has spent at least 3 years as a researcher hired by the UCM in a competitive public call.

Global Fellowships are open to researchers currently within or outside Europe who want to move to a Third Country for 1-2 years and then come back to the Complutense University for an additional year. Therefore, researchers who have been awarded a three-year Global Fellowship would be, after the end of the project and with the current regulatory framework, in a position to meet this condition.

In certain situations, it has been possible for a researcher with at least 2 years working at UCM to opt for a position as a junior Associate Professor.

Complutense University of Madrid
European Office