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Get ready for the 2023 MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship Call


MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) will be open to excellent researchers of any nationality. The next call is due to open on 12 April 2023 with a deadline of 13 September 2023.


Objective of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF)

The objective of MSCA-PFs is to support researchers’ careers and foster excellence in research. The Postdoctoral Fellowships action targets researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. MSCA-PFs help researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors.

Who can apply for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships?

Interested researchers submit an application together with a host organisation, which can be a university, research institution, business, SME or other organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. All disciplines are eligible for Postdoctoral Fellowships, including research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

Researchers interested in MSCA-PFs

  • should have a PhD degree at the time of the deadline for applications. Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered eligible to apply.

  • must have a maximum of eight years' experience in research, from the date of the award of their PhD degree, years of experience outside research and career breaks will not count towards the above maximum, nor will years of experience in research in third countries, for nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to Europe.

  • should comply with mobility rules: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

As from 2022, resubmission restrictions will apply for applications that received a score below 70% the previous year.

Seals of Excellence will be awarded to applications with a total score equal to or higher than 85%, but which cannot be funded due to lack of budget available under the call.

Types of Postdoctoral Fellowship

There are 2 types of Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  1. European Postdoctoral Fellowships. They are open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.

  2. Global Postdoctoral Fellowships. They fund the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between 2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 to 2 years will be spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.

Both types of fellowships may also include short-term secondments anywhere in the world during the fellowship (except during the return phase of a Global Fellowship).

In an effort to build bridges between the academic and non-academic sector, researchers can receive additional support to carry out a placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. This placement needs to take place at the end of their fellowship.

For Postdoctoral Fellowships in research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme, researchers need to be nationals or long-term residents of an EU Member State or a Euratom Associated Country. The beneficiary organisation recruiting the researcher also needs to be established in an EU Member State or Euratom Associated Country.

What does the funding cover?

The beneficiary receiving EU funding needs to recruit the researcher for the total period of the fellowship.

The EU provides support for the recruited researcher in the form of

  • a living allowance

  • a mobility allowance

  • if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances

In addition, funding is provided for

  • research, training and networking activities

  • management and indirect costs

How do I apply?

Applicants submit a research proposal, including their CV. The proposal is written jointly with the chosen host organisation(s).

I want to go to Europe with an MSCA-PF European Fellowship. How do I find a host?

  • TIP: Start identifying a European host as early as possible!

  • Be proactive! Contact your network of European collaborators and ask for assistance from your local supervisor, research colleagues or International Relations Office to put you in touch with their European colleagues.

  • Many European institutions are looking for the best international research talent to host as MSCA PF at their institutions! Calls for Expressions of Interest inviting candidates to apply for an MSCA-PF with the support of their institution can be found on the EURAXESS portal.

Search the database of MSCA-PF hosting offers

Indicative timeline

  • 12 April 2023: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 13 September 2023: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • February 2024: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • April 2024: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • April 2024: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)

Indicative budget

EUR 260.47 million

How to apply

Learn about the next steps to apply for funding under this call.