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
Julia Sevilla Muñoz
Contact email
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Research group
Research Group UCM 930235 Fraseología y Paremiología
Romance, French and Italian studies and Translation
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Language Studies
Group description
The research group UCM 930235 Fraseología y Paremiología (PAREFRAS), is a national and international group, that was created in 2004 and has its core in the university Complutense of Madrid (UCM, Spain). From the beginning, many researchers of different Spanish and foreign universities participated and collaborated with this group, specially pioneers of phraseology and paremiology of Spain.
Aim of this group is the interlinguistic and interdisciplinary study of the sentenced statements and the paroemias (specially proverbs) and fixed expressions (such as phrases or collocations), oriented to the teaching of languages, the translation and the linguistics. Spanish is the link to the rest of the work languages, 21 so far.
The group started in 1996 with the interuniversity paremiologic research team, after the I International Congress of Paremiology (Córdoba, Spain), organized by the UCM and the journal Paremia (
Led by Jesús Cantera Ortiz de Urbina and his disciple Julia Sevilla Muñoz, this first team led to another team, that grew little by little in researchers. The incorporation of Prof. M.ª I. Teresa Zurdo Ruiz-Ayúcar meant the inclusion of the phraseological research. That is the reason for the current name of the group.
The PAREFRAS Group is positively evaluated by the AEI and included in the Heritage and Culture cluster (CIE, Campus of International Excellence).
Research group website
Research topic
Research lines
o Phraseology and Paroemiology
o Phraseography and Paroemiography
o Applied Linguistics to Phraseology and Pareomiology
o Applied Translation to Phraseology and Paremias
o Phraseological and Paremiological documentary sources
o Phraseologisms and paremias in language teaching and its literature
o History, traditions, folklore and cultural heritage
o Discourse analysis: Phraseologisms and Paremias
o Phraseological units and ICTs

Nowadays, the PAREFRAS Group is working in using the ICTs in language teaching/learning with the phraseological units and their translation.

Most of the research areas developed by the PAREFRAS Group are competitive and enjoy an international projection. The PAREFRAS Group has developed the first coordinated RDI project about paremiology and the first interdepartmental project about phraseology.

Among its projects, the Refranero multilingüe stands out: a database with Spanish proverbs and its correspondence in 21 languages. With Open Access, it can be found in the webpage of the Cervantes Institute ( Because of its linguistic combinations and its content, it is an innovative database.

The PAREFRAS Group takes actively part in the organization of scientific meetings with a wide variety of subjects, as well as in the training of young researchers.
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
oLetter of motivation
oRequired Spanish level C1
Candidatures: deadline
Ciudad Universitaria; 28040 - MADRID

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