Are you interested in a two-year postdoc stay in Europe with EU funding to work on your dream project? Then the highly prestigious MSCA Individual Fellowships should be on your radar.
The 2020 call has opened on 8 April with a deadline of 9 September 2020. Now is the time to identify a host in Europe and to start developing your proposal. The EURAXESS hosting database already lists more than 340 offers from universities and research agencies across Europe wishing to host candidates for the 2020 MSCA-IF Call.
Note: Many hosting offers include the option of attending a master class to support candidates in the proposal preparation!
WHAT IS THIS?
The Marie Skłodowska-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.
The MSCA thrive by being open to all domains of research and innovation, chosen freely by the applicants in a fully bottom-up manner. They are based on the principle of mobility, and researchers can receive funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to acquire new knowledge and develop their research career.
There are two types of Individual Fellowships: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships.
- European Fellowships are open to research of any nationality moving to Europe for their fellowship. These fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one or two years. Read the interview with the Chairman of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) Indian Chapter, Dr. Praveen Kumar.
- Global Fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality who are based in the EU or associated countries moving to the world (Including India) for their fellowship. These Fellowships last between two and three years. The researchers has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries.
Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period of up to three or six months in another organisation in Europe.
WHO CAN APPLY?
MSCA Individual Fellowships are open to experienced researchers from across the world.
Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.
All research areas can be funded. MSCA Fellows come from a wide variety of disciplines – from physics to linguistics, and from health-sciences to mathematical modelling.
WHAT IS FUNDED?
The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. The grant is awarded to the host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applicants submit a research proposal, including their CV. The proposal is written jointly with the chosen host organisation(s).
WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION?
- MSCA-IF+WF 2020_FLYER.pdf (669.39 KB)
- MSCA Website
- Application Guide
- Net4Mobility+ Website
- Webinar slides, 'How to write a successful MSCA-IF proposal‘ (German Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (NCP MSCA)
- Marie Curie Alumni Association Indian Chapter
- Advice on proposal preparation by MSCA Fellow Judit Chamorro-Servent
I want to go to Europe with an MSCA-IF 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 local supervisor, research colleagues or International Relations Office to put you in touch with their European colleagues.
- TIP: Start identifying a European host as early as possible!
I want to host a researcher with an MSCA-IF Global Fellowship at my institution in India. 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.