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The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

Schemes and programmes 

MSCA grants cover all stages of the research career spectrum, from PhD candidates through to highly experienced researchers.

Beneficiaries of MSCA grants can develop:

  • research expertise,
  • innovation skills,
  • entrepreneurism, through the involvement of industry and other non-academic institutions.

All of the schemes solicit "bottom-up" research projects, leaving complete freedom to develop proposals that best suit the trainees and their host organisations.

Go to the Participant Portal to check the calls available or get informed on how to apply.



Individual fellowships through MSCA Horizon 2020 supports experienced researchers (who must have a doctoral degree, with at least 4 years of full time research experience included in their doctorate).

Mobility is the key eligibility factor, training-through-research another important aspect, with the possibility for secondments to other organisations in Europe.


Some practical considerations:

- The applicant is free to choose the research field.
- The application is made jointly by the researcher and the host organisation in the academic or non-academic sectors in an EU Member State or Associated Country.
- It is the host organisation that signs the grant agreement and who is the beneficiary of the grant. The host organisation then recruits researchers.
- The grant usually covers salary as well as a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.


Types of Individual Fellowships:

1. European Fellowships (Australian/New Zealand researchers can apply)

These are hosted in an EU Member State or Associated Country and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe with funding for one to two years. The potential Australian/ New Zealand Fellow needs to find a host organisation in an EU Member State or Associated Country.


2. Global Fellowships (long-term residents in Europe visit an Australian/New Zealand institution)

These fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or Associated Countries provide funding for two to three years, with a mandatory one-year return period.
The partner institution receiving the fellow does not sign the Grant Agreement. But the Australian/New Zealand partner has to supply an up-to-date letter of commitment to demonstrate their real and active participation in the proposed action as well as a half page form on the organisation’s capacity.