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Malta: Call for Proposals for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme (PF2MT) - 2023 MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

MSCA PF Call 23 -Malta

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT) supports travel and accommodation expenses for experienced researchers willing to submit a proposal with Maltese entity host for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship call with the deadline of 13 September 2023 (MSCA-PF-2023).

The support will be in the form of a lump sum grant and it is for the participation of the researchers in the one-day MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship training that will be held on 12 July 2023 in Malta. Researchers, from any nationality and any age, that meet the eligibility and mobility conditions, may apply through this scheme.

The training is funded and organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology hosting all Horizon Europe and MSCA NCPs in Malta. The training will enhance the proposal writing skills of the researchers and increase their chance of success! Supervisors from MT host entities are welcome to join the training too.

Find out more about the Maltese research landscape from this video.

PF2MT call will close at noon on 31 May 2023 (CET).

Eligibility criteria

In order to be considered eligible, the applicant has to comply with the Postdoctoral Fellowship eligibility and mobility rules of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions of the Horizon Europe programme.  It is the sole responsibility of the applicants to check and keep updated with the latest version of the MSCA Work Programme.

  • The researcher must be, at the date of the MSCA PF call deadline (13th September 2023), in possession of a doctoral degree and should not have more than 8 years full time research experience since the Phd has been awarded.
  • Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered as postdoctoral researchers and will be considered eligible to apply.
  • At the call deadline (13/09/2023), the postdoctoral researchers must have a maximum of 8 years fulltime equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of award of the doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not count towards the amount of research experience. For nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to pursue their research career in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, years of experience in research in third countries will not be considered in the above maximum.
  • The selected beneficiary/host organisation must be a legal entity established in Malta and must employ and supervise the researcher during the action.
  • Only applicants with already identified supervisor from a Maltese entity host (with whom they have already established contact and agreed to work together for the MSCA PF 2023 call) will be considered eligible.
  • Applicants that have applied for the MSCA PF call 2022 and received a score of less than 70% will be not eligible to resubmit in the 2023 call and thus ineligible to apply for this scheme.
  • Applicants that have already attended the PF2MT masterclass organised in Malta in July 2022 will be not eligible to apply again.

Mobility rule: applicants cannot apply for a fellowship in a country where they have lived or carried out their main activity for >12 months in the 3 years preceding the call deadline (13/09/2023).

Application Process

The application form and further information can be found here.

Applicants are advised to check the following links and read the relevant information and documentation:

Link to the PF call

Link to the MSCA website

Link to the MSCA work programme

Research & Innovation landscape of Malta (video)

Scanned signed and dated application form, as well as an updated CV of the applicant, are to be submitted by email to and cc with “PF2MT 2023” as a subject heading by not later than noon (CET) of 31 May 2023.

MCST will be performing an administrative check in order to select the eligible applicants based on the following:

  • Proposed project idea (project’s brief);
  • Applicant’s full updated CV;
  • Details of the host entity/beneficiary and the supervisor;
  • Priority will be given to well-defined proposals which demonstrate increased odds of success for securing funding from the Postdoctoral Fellowship action of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA – PF).

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis until funds are exhausted. Applicants are invited to submit their application by latest noon (CET) on 31st May 2023. Applicants that require a visa for Malta should apply for the PF2MT call and for the visa as earliest as possible. Applicants are to apply for VISA 45 days in advance. More information about the VISA procedure can be found here.

An application will only be considered eligible if it complies with the eligibility conditions set out in this document.

The applicants will be informed by email if they have been selected for funding within maximum 2 weeks following the submission of the application.


Successful applicants are required to attend the one-day training on 12 July 2023 and sign the attendance sheet. Furthermore, the participants are also required to provide a copy of their boarding passes. Participants may provide their boarding passes to MCST either during the training or via email as scanned copies on the following email address: and .

Once the PF proposal is submitted to the European Commission, the applicants are also required to forward the confirmation email.

For further information on the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Scheme for Incoming Postdocs to Malta (PF2MT), kindly contact Lili Kankaya as per details below:

  • Lili Kankaya
    • Senior Executive
    • Framework Programme Unit
    • Malta Council for Science and Technology


Master Class
Application-Form-PF2MT - 2023_0.pdf
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