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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Scientific Supervisor
Alicia Castillo Mena
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Research group
Gestión del Patrimonio Cultural
Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Geography and History
Group description

We are a team of professionals, mainly, but not only, linked to Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Our team includes specialists from different fields (heritage, archaeology, sociology, architecture, law and economy) and we work together to try bringing up something useful. Our motto is "Innovating in Cultural Heritage Management" and that is the basis of our work. We try to find innovative solutions for the management of cultural heritage, delving into new processes of engagement and participation, risk management, conservation, sustainability, etc. All these lines are tightly linked and our experience in archaeological heritage management has led us to research into conflict, participation, World Heritage, sustainability, economic impact, legislation, tourism and a long etcetera. We have been involved in heritage management since the early 80s with several activities and publications, starting to teach archaeological heritage management in the Prehistory Department at UCM as soon as the course of 1991/1992 and becoming a norm ever since, being now a compulsory subjet in the new Archaeology degree. Museology, Legislation or even Public Archaeology lately, have been other spearheads within our group, that got enriched with the participation of Sociology and Economy professionals once it was formalized.

2016 is our latest milestone with the approval of an official Masters Degree in Cultural Heritage Management where 32 Departments of 2 universities are involved
Research group website
Research topic
All our projects adopt a comprehensive approach combining the following three lines:

1. International Dimension
- World Heritage and its management through geographical, administrative, law and social perspectives
- Cultural Heritage (CH) Management models
- Comparative studies on responsible administrations for CH
- European and Latin American case studies

2. Land approach
- Land planning and protection of CH
-Environmental assessment, Natural and Cultural Heritage
- Preventive Archaeology
- Comprehensive approaches to intangible heritage
- Urban studies

3. Social interaction
- Social perception studies
- Conflict resolution and analysis
-Urban image and identity
-Macro- and micro-economics of CH
-Studies on social and economic impact on CH
-Sustainable development and landscape
-Employment and tourism
-Law studies: archaeological looting
- CH dissemination
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
- Curriculum vitae
- Project proposal
- Motivation letter
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