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The 2020 call will open on 8 April 2020 and close on 9 September 2020.
The information below refers to the 2019 call and is meant for reference only.


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.

IF aims at supporting the international mobility of researchers within (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.

Individual Fellowships (IF) 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 and Global Fellowships

There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships:

  • Researchers based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico or any other Latin American and Caribbean country 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 and last for one to two years. Depending on their situation, candidates choose to apply either for a standard fellowship (scientific panels), a re-integration grant, a career restart grant or a society & entreprise grant in the non-academic sector.

    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 Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico or any other LAC country - and return to Europe for 1 year.

    This is an excellent opportunity for LAC 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 three or six months in another organisation in Europe.

All research areas can be funded, from physics to linguistics, and from health-sciences to mathematical modelling.

WHO? experienced researchers of any nationality, i.e. reserchers holding a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

Mobility rule: In most IF modalities, 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 2020 (to be published at the call opening.).

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.

Find the call here


Interested in applying? The first step is to read the guide for applicants. You can read the guide for applicants 2019 until the guide 2020 is released at the call opening. You can also check a step by step made by EURAXESS Worldwide team on how to submit a proposal.

Direct links:

MSCA-IF-2020 Call for proposals

Guide for applicants (2019) here.


Additional resources


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


I want to host a researcher with an MSCA IF Global Fellowship at my institution in Latin America and the Caribbean. 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.