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
Elena Conde Pérez
Contact email
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Research group
Complutense Institute of International Studies
Complutense Institute of International Studies
Faculty / Institute
Institute of International Studies (ICEI)
Group description
ICEI is an academic and interdisciplinary hub whose main aims are the contribution to the international analisys and debate and to promote the international Spanish projection.
The focus of interest of every Professor/group associated to the Institute can be different, but, I have recently done expertise and reserch on topics as Arctic issues, EU security and I'm currently working on drugs' legalization and new forms of diplomacy.

I'm part of a H2020 proposal focused on the Arctic región and the exploitation of its resoruces from a sustainable and fair way.
Research group website
Research topic
Given my expertise and interest in the mentioned subjects, I would propose the following topics:

- Arctic issues: understanding and describing the practice and policy gaps between existing economic activities and the ideal conditions of Arctic economic development through ethical and justice criteria.

- Drgs´legalization with particular interest in cannabis and the particular pratice of States parties to drug treaties in order to circumvent their provisions without legally denounce them.

- New forms of diplomacy: this área of investigation tackles the limits of one of the most classic matters of International Law, which is diplomacy, and the way in which it is changing its ce due to new actors involved in it, new technologies and the practice by which some of the most relevant immunities are being nowadays contested.
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
I would like candidates to provide with their CV, letter of motivation, letter from a referee from the sending institution and a summary of their Project research and objectives
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