MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to 'blue-sky' science, are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support forms of innovative training that enhances employability and career development.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) are meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.  By means of the MSCA-PF program, scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers. In fact, an additional placement of up to six months at the end of the project can be awarded to researchers who will spend that period in a non-academic organisation established in an EU Member State or Associated Country (MS / AC)

Types of Grants

There are two types of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (previously called Individual Fellowships):

  • Held in the EU - MS / AC

  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.

  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.

  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

  • NEW They can include a secondment period of up to 8 months in another organisation anywhere in the world, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

  • Duration of the projects financed in the EF ranges from 12 to 24 months.
  • Fund secondments in a Third Country (TC) outside Europe for researchers based in MS / AC.

  • There is a mandatory one-year return period.

  • NEW They can include a secondment period of up to 8 months in another organisation anywhere in the world during the outgoing phase, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.
  • Duration of the projects financed in the GF is 24 to 36 months (12 – 24 outgoing phase + 12 months final European phase).

Eligible Researchers

At the time of the deadline of the call, researchers shall have obtained a doctoral degree or defended their doctoral thesis.

NEW - They should have, at the time of the deadline, a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of award of the doctoral degree. 

Also, researchers need to comply with the mobility rules required in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF):

  • Open to postdoctoral researchers of any nationality.

  • The postdoctoral researcher must move or have moved from any country to the Member State (MS) / Horizon Europe Associate Country (AC) where the host institution is located.

  • The postdoctoral researcher has to comply with the general mobility rule: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

  • Special conditions apply to those researchers who have had a break during their career. The years spent outside research and years dedicated to career breaks (for example, parental leave) will not count towards the limit of postdoctoral experience (8 years).

  • Special conditions apply to those researchers wishing to reintegrate from a TC to a MS /AC. For such conditions to apply, the researcher must be a national or long-term resident of MS / AC (long-term: period of full-time research activity in MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years). The researcher must be residing in a TC by the time of the deadline, or have moved directly from a TC to a MS / AC within the last 12 months prior to the deadline

  • Open to postdoctoral researcher nationals or long-term residents of MS / AC (long-term: period of full-time research activity in MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years).

  • The postdoctoral researcher must move or have moved from any country to the TC of the outgoing phase.

  • The postdoctoral researcher has to comply with the mobility rule in the Third Country of the outgoing phase: not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the TC for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

  • The postdoctoral researcher is recruited during the whole duration of the project by the European Host Institution.

Financial Support

The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to a host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe that employs the Experienced Researchers. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported.

The European financial contribution for a Marie Curie Fellowship is a flat-rate for the entire period of the project. The salary conditions of a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow is very competitive in relation to the average cost of living in Madrid (gross salary of over € 50,000). It provides the following entries yearly allocated:

 

1. Researcher unit cost (per month)

 

Living allowance*

Mobility allowance

Family allowance

€ 5,080

€ 600

€ 660

* A country correction coefficient applies to the living allowance

 

2. Institutional unit cost (per month):

 

Research, training and networking costs

Management and indirect costs

€ 1,000

€ 650

Applying for a MSCA-PF

Your supervisor should be a researcher at UCM, who must agree to sponsor your proposal. If you have not contacted anyone yet, you should have a look at our Expressions of Interest service to find groups interested in hosting candidates.

The European Office offers guidance on the preparation of proposal, as well as offering reviewing services.

The deadline for MSCA-PF-2021 is, provisionally, September 15, 2021 at 17:00 (CET). Results are expected to be sent to applicants by early 2022.

Important Dates

Call opening: 18 May 2021 (provisionally)
Application deadline: 15 September 2021 (provisionally)
Evaluation: September – January (approx.)
Results: February 2022 (approx.)

Complutense University of Madrid
European Office
HRS4R
MSCA