The 2021 call for the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) is now open - and many European institutions have cast their nets to catch the best international research talent!
Over 360 European institutions have already published calls on the EURAXESS portal for Expressions of Interest inviting candidates to apply for an MSCA-PF with the support of their institution.
MSCA training resources:
Q&A on how to apply for an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Facebook Live)
Note that under the new EU programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, the MSCA Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) is renamed to MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF).
What is the MSCA PF?
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth and investment by equipping researchers with the new knowledge, skills and international and intersectoral exposure to fill the top positions of tomorrow and solve current and future societal challenges.
MSCA PF aims at supporting the international mobility of researchers within Europe (European Fellowships) and beyond Europe (Global Fellowships) as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the EU. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.
Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) are for experienced researchers to undertake their own research project at a host organisation in another country, thus gaining new skills through advanced training and possibly, intersectoral mobility.
European Fellowships vs Global Fellowships
There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships.
- Researchers based in ASEAN willing to move to Europe for their fellowship can apply for a European fellowship. The research projects are carried out in the EU or associated countries (the list of countries associated to Horizon Europe will soon be made available) and last for one to two years. There are no more panels in the Postdoctoral Fellowship call (Novelty).
- Individual researchers based in Europe can also apply to a European fellowship for mobility within the EU or associated countries.
- Researchers based in Europe can apply for a Global fellowship to carry out research of up to 2 years in a third country - such as any of the ASEAN countries - and return to Europe for 1 year. This is an excellent opportunity for ASEAN higher education institutions/research institutes/private sector firms to host a high-level Europe-based researcher, fully funded by the European Commission.
Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period of up to 1/3 of the standard fellowship duration in another organisation worldwide. (Novelty).
An optional additional placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic host in Europe (member states or countries associated to Horizon Europe is now possible at the end of the fellowship (Novelty).
Which scientific areas are eligible?
All research areas can be funded, from physics to linguistics, and from health-sciences to mathematical modelling.
Who can apply?
Experienced researchers of any nationality, i.e. researchers holding a doctoral degree with no more than 8 years of experience after the completion of their PhD (Novelty)
Mobility rule: The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host organisation's country for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline. Make sure you check all specific requirements in the guide for applicants.
Individual researchers submit proposals for funding written in liaison with their planned host organisation in Europe. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation.
When is the deadline?
The 2021 call is open and will close on 12 October 2021.
Where do I find the call details?
- Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Work Programme 2021-2022 New
- About the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe New
- MSCA 2021-2027 Factsheet (2.74 MB) New
- MSCA PF Guide for applicants New
- MSCA PF Project proposal New
- MSCA specific evaluation forms used by the expert evaluators (this is for the evaluators, not the applicants, but it is useful to understand the evaluation process) New
- How to look for EU funded projects, including successful approved MSCA IF projects?
- Marie Curie Alumni Association ASEAN Chapter
- MSCA IF - Find a Host Organisation in Europe (also useful for MSCA PF)
- Step by step on how to submit a proposal.
- MSCA-Individual Fellowship Handbook 2020, by Net4Mobility+
- MSCA work programme 2018-2020
- MSCA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://mariecurieactions.blogspot.de/
I want to go to Europe with an MSCA PF European Fellowship. How do I find a host?
- Search the EURAXESS Database of Hosting Offers.
- Search the Net4Mobility+ Database of Expressions of Interest.
- Be proactive! Contact your network of European collaborators, and ask for assistance from your supervisor, research colleagues or International Relations Office.
I want to host a researcher with an MSCA PF Global Fellowship at my institution in ASEAN. How do I find a fellow?
- Post your hosting offers on the EURAXESS portal. Follow this step-by-step guide.
- Do inform your research network and colleagues based in Europe of your institution’s hosting offer.
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