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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF): Call for expressions of interest

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    15/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Kristiansand
    The University of Agder
    Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, Norway invites expressions of interest from excellent post-doctoral researchers to apply for Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) scheme with the University of Agder as the host organization. We encourage expressions of interest within the following fields of research:


Suggested topics

Information Systems:

CIEM - Centre for Integrated Emergency Management

Emergency management, technology adoption, collaboration technologies, information management, International relations, disaster studies, migration studies, climate change and security, security, privacy, resilience

Information Systems

CeDiT: Centre for digital transformation

ICT4D, Digitalization, digital transformation, digital government/governance, sustainability & digitalization, Digital transformation of education, co-creation, SMEs Enterprise systems, KM, business analytics, digital inclusion

Political Science and Management

European integration, international organization, public administration, public governance, global governance, organization studies, organizational change and reform, public policy, leadership, resilience, hybridity, higher education governance & management

Global Development and Planning

Digitalization, higher education, political economy & sustainable development, political communication, digital learning, race & class

Information Systems


Digitalization, digital transformation, data governance, design research, implementation research

Sociology (CeDiT)

Environmental Sociology, Sustainability & Digitalization, Expertise & Think Tanks, Climate Politics


Eligibility criteria

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships provide living allowance covering one to two years' salary, a mobility allowance, as well as research, training and networking costs and overheads for the host institution. The applicants submit proposals for funding jointly with the host organisation (UiA). The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals are evaluated on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding.

Formal requirements1 for the applicants at the date of the call deadline:

  • A doctoral degree
  • All nationalities
  • At the call deadline (September 2021), the applicant must have a maximum of 6 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the applicant was in a possession of a doctoral degree
  • The applicant cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately before the call deadline
  • Only one proposal per individual researcher may be submitted to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call

1Formal requirements are subject to change pending the acceptance of the final MSCA work programme

About the host institute

The University of Agder (UiA) is a major education and research institution located in the south of Norway, divided between two campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively. The university enrols more than 13 000 students and employs more than 1300 administrative and academic staff. Research conducted is distributed broadly across both the natural and social sciences, with separate faculties dedicated to engineering and basic sciences, health and sports, fine arts, business and law, humanities and education and social sciences. The faculty of Social Science has a wide range of research communities and invites expression of interests within various fields.

The Department of Global Development and Planning at UiA is Norway´s oldest research community within development studies. Our researchers have teaching and research experience in poverty issues, globalisation and political economy, state and welfare politics in the South, rural/urban migration, natural disasters and crisis management, climate and environmental issues, social movements, gender, integration and mobility, city and regional planning, local development and participation processes. The department has, since the start, focused strongly on building international networks. Within the development field, we have had wide-ranging co-operation with university and research communities in Africa, Asia and South America. The social planning and communications field has collaborated equivalently with European and North American communities.

The Department of Political Science and Management is an academic community consisting of around 400 students, 20 staff and two research groups. It has recently been a awarded a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence supported by the European Commission. The department’s research in political science and public management is characterized by two specializations: one in European Union politics, with emphasis on the dynamics of its multi-level administrative system, and the other in leadership of public institutions, and their interaction with non-public institutions. The key research topics are politics, organizational theory and management, and the department offers a special expertise in multilevel governance and European integration. The research is conducted in two research groups, both having expertise on selected policies and sectors such as higher education and health care. The researchers in the department have been acknowledged by leading international journals, and participate in various conferences

The Department of Information Systems represents one of Norway's largest professional environments within information systems. The department has approx. 40 academic staff including 12 professors and 12 PhD Fellows. The department has an open and active research environment and an extensive project portfolio.

Centre for Digital Transformation (CEDIT) is conducting advanced social science on the impact of digital transformation on societies, organisations and individuals. The centre currently involves around 50 faculty and PhD students from anthropology, arts, information systems, history, political science sociology and urban planning. Since CeDiT was formally established in 2018, it has generated substantial research activity related to digital transformation and education, sustainability and governance. CeDiT aims to influence international scientific discourse by publishing high quality research in leading international journals and conferences.

Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) is a multidisciplinary research centre conducting research on how technology innovation can improve emergency preparedness and management. Bringing together researchers within information systems, computer science and social science; the centre explores how to effectively collect and integrate information from different sources to support decision-making in different stages of an emergency. CIEM is active as coordinator and partner in several FP7 and Horizon 2020 research projects funded by the European Union (such as iTrack and Smart Mature Resilience) and national funding agencies, involving research in areas such as cybersecurity, community resilience, situational awareness, social media analytics, humanitarian logistics, augmented reality and sensor technologies. The CIEM researchers contribute to the forefront in technology-supported emergency management, presenting their work in leading academic journal and conferences.


The Centre for eHealth conducts cross-disciplinary and user-oriented research on utilization of digital healthcare technologies. A diverse group of researchers, comprising 10 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students bring in competence from the health sciences, technology research, information systems, media and communication studies, medical anthropology, health law and ethics. The Centre has an active collaboration with local healthcare providers and national and international researchers.


For more information on the faculty, its departments and centre, please see


How to apply?

Submit your expression of interest via e-mail kari.n.hanssen[at]uia.no including a single pdf file consisting of:

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 4 pages)
  • Summary of the project idea (max 1 page)

Deadline for submissions 15 April 2021

Candidates for further interactions will be pre-selected following an internal evaluation led by our Principal Investigators. The candidates will be informed of the pre-selection results no more than three weeks after the deadline. All the selected applicants will be supported by the UiA research services in preparing the final proposals.

For more information, please contact kari.n.hanssen[at]uia.no


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