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
Eduardo Romanos
Contact email
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Research group
Evolution of Spanish Contention (ECOPOL)
Applied Sociology
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Political and Social Science
Group description
The Evolution of Spanish Contention: A Longitudinal Analysis of Social Movements and Protest, 2000-2020’ (ECOPOL) brings together a dozen researchers devoted to the study of social movements and protest in 21st century Spain. ECOPOL is a research project funded by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación.

ECOPOL aims to contribute to filling a gap in the literature on social movements through a longitudinal analysis of contention in contemporary Spain that helps us to clarify the contrasts and identify medium- and long-term dynamics and geographical differences that tend to be overlooked in case studies. The main goal of the proposal is to achieve a better understanding of the evolution of contentious politics in Spain between 2000 and 2020. This objective is broken down into other, more specific goals focused on the analysis of protest cycles and their phases, the interaction between social movement activists and political authorities, the relationship between social movements and the political economy, the realms and scales of protest, the movement/contramovement dynamics and the spatial distribution of protest.

The achievement of these research goals is approached from the methodological triangulation between different techniques, mainly protest event analysis (PEA), which includes both longitudinal and spatial analysis; the in-depth analysis of qualitative interviews; and the analysis of secondary data.

ECOPOL will run for four years, between 2020 and 2024.
Research group website
Research topic
ECOPOL invites proposals that seek to broaden research perspectives to overcome a still excessively compartmentalized approach in the field of social movements, providing new evidence and generating new evidence-based knowledge on the evolution of contention. Proposals including longitudinal and/or comparative analyses and employing methodological triangulation are especially welcome.
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
Applicants must submit an updated curriculum vitae, a brief letter of motivation and an overview of the research line to be developed in the project.
Candidatures: deadline
Campus de Somosaguas; 28223 - POZUELO DE ALARCÓN

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