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
Fernando J. Bouza
Contact email
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Research group
Departamento de Historia Moderna e Historia Contemporánea
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Geography and History
Group description
The research group “Virtuosa Pars. Politics and Culture of the Iberian Elites in the Early Modern Period (Spain and Portugal, XVI-XVII centuries)” is part of the Department of Early Modern and Modern History of the Faculty of Geography and History of the University Complutense of Madrid. The group was created in July 2016 and was positively evaluated in 2018 by the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI). The group has numerous research lines with common and cohesive objectives substantiated in several competitive projects about the culture of Iberian elites in Early Modern times. Its primary purpose is to form educational groups and researchers in the study of the Iberian elites (nobility and clergy, with particular emphasis on the regular clergy) of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries within the framework of the Hispanic Monarchy and Restauration Portugal and its overseas Empire. For additional information, see the Department’s website: It is one of the largest departments of History in Spain and therefore gathers favourable conditions to generate synergies. Twice a year, the Area of Early Modern History also publishes the journal Cuadernos de Historia Moderna, accredited by FECYT and indexed in ESCI and DOAJ. (See
Research group website
Research topic
The research group promotes the analysis of practices, models and cultural uses of aristocrats and ecclesiastics, both privileged groups, which were fully aware of their identity as the “Virtuosa Pars” of the political and cultural communities of their time. As most recent historiographical debates examine, the studies focus on events related to the political struggle, the culture of violence at court, the processes of Inquisition and the missionary expansion in the metropolitan and imperial spaces. This Expression of Interest proposes to create a project which analyzes the specific aspect of the transnational noble cosmopolitanism as being an agent of transmission of practices, material objects and knowledge throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Research area
Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Candidatures: requirements
The research group “Virtuosa Pars” is looking for a candidate interested in examining transnational aristocracy (XVI-XVII centuries) from a cultural and material perspective. The candidates are kindly requested to submit a CV (no more than five pages), a cover letter stating their Research interest (no more than two pages) and a letter of recommendation from their last Research institution.
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