80+ funding opportunities from EU & European countries for your mobility & cooperative projects -- Feb.2018

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This list is adapted from a flagship publication of our EURAXESS CELAC colleagues. The jobs, grants and fellowships announced here are funded by the European Commission, EU member states or associated countries as well as private institutions and are open to Japan-based researchers and institutions. This list is published on a regular basis. This edition is valid for February.

To find more opportunities, we invite you to consult the EURAXESS Portal, and more specifically the:

  •  EURAXESS Job database that lists thousands of vacancies from more than 40 European countries and other regions in the world.
  •  Funding database allowing you to search for the funding programme you need for your mobility or research cooperation project.

Please note that individual researchers can upload their CVs on the portal, register their searches and create alerts to be informed when a vacancy matching their profile has been published. Funding organisations can publish their funding opportunities and scholarships on the EURAXESS website to increase their visibility and reach the best candidates worldwide.

We hope this list will help you turn your interest in research mobility into reality and remain at your disposal to discuss your projects.


Newly open calls

European Union

Horizon 2020 – Work programme 2018-2020 and calls targeting Japan

Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports scientifically-excellent research, innovation, and technological development, through collaborative research projects as well as grants and fellowships to individuals.

The final Work Programme for Horizon 2020 covers the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020, representing an investment of around €30 billion.

The vast majority of this funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls open to applications from researchers, businesses and other interested organisations located in any of the EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. It is also open to the world, so Japan-based researchers and institutions are very welcome to get involved.

Access all open calls on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal.

See HERE for Horizon 2020 calls specifically targeting Japan-based researchers and instituitions. (list maintained by NCP Japan).


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Programme (MSCA RISE) call

This Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme aims at promoting international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges. It also encourages knowledge sharing and bringing ideas from research to market.

RISE enables international and intersectoral collaboration, based on short-term staff exchanges between organisations worldwide. RISE projects are research and innovation projects that can last up to four years.

Who can apply?

Partners organisations get together and propose a joint project. Proposals should highlight networking opportunities, sharing of knowledge and the skills development of staff members.

Proposals should include at least three partners, which can be universities, research institutions, or non-academic organisations. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate. Partner organisations should be from three different countries. At least two of these should be from the EU or Associated Countries.

Japanese research institutions can join a consortium as partner but cannot receive direct funding from the European Commission for the secondment of their researchers.

Research staff of any nationality and any career level (postgraduates to experienced researchers) can undertake a secondment. Staff members working in managerial, technical or administrative roles can also be seconded.

Which research topics are supported?

Any research field may qualify for MSCA-RISE funding, apart from areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty.

How do I prepare myself?

  • Familiarise yourself with the most important documents (Guide for Applicants and Work Programme).
  • Watch a recent webinar with application advice held by the Irish Universities Association here
  • Contact the MSCA contact point of your destination country here
  • Read aditional information and tips on EURAXESS Japan website here.

Deadline: 21 March 2018


MSCA calls - calendar 2018

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.

Within the new Horizon Work Programme 2018-2020, all forthcoming calls for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions have been announced. Next upcoming calls are:

Call name

Launch date


Budget €


Research and Innovation Staff Exchange



€ 80 million


Individual Fellowships



€ 273



Co-Funding of regional, national and international programmes



€ 80 million

ITN (2019)

Innovative Training Networks



€ 470 million



EU – Erasmus + Jean Monnet Call for proposals 2017

Jean Monnet Activities are designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies in various disciplines.

Jean Monnet Activities take place worldwide, including in Japan.

Japanese students/researchers: Individuals cannot apply for a grant.

Japanese HEIs can submit their proposal directly to EACEA. Under the  Teaching and Research activity, 3 different modalities can be supported :

  • Jean Monnet Module: Short teaching programme (or course of a minimum of 40 teaching hours per academic year) with a duration of three years.
  • Jean Monnet Chair: A teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors or senior lecturers.
  • Centres of Excellence: A focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. Centres of Excellence have a project duration of three years.

Deadline: 22 February 2018


European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prize: Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid

The European Commission has launched the first of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.

The Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid will reward the best, proven, cost-effective, tech-based solutions for Humanitarian Aid and will amount to €5m.

Five prizes of EUR 1 million will be awarded, one in each of the following categories: a) shelter and related assistance; b) water, sanitation and hygiene; c) energy; d) health and medical care; and e) open category.

Technologies include – but are not limited to – nanotechnologies, advanced materials or 3D printing.

The contest is open to all legal entities (i.e. natural or legal persons, including international organisations) or groups of legal entities.

Joint applications by a group of participants are admitted. In this case, the participants must appoint a 'lead participant' to represent them towards the Commission. The participants will be jointly responsible and must all fulfil and respect the conditions set out in these Rules of Contest.

Applications must be submitted by the (lead) participant via the Participant Portal Submission Service.

Deadline for registration of interest: 15 September 2019

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2020


ERCIM – Alain Bensoussan Fellowships

ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, offers fellowships for PhD holders from all over the world. Fellowships are of a 12 month duration, spent in one of the leading European Research Institutes which makes up part of the ERCIM network.

Topics cover most disciplines in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics. (see list of topics covered here)

Deadline: 30 April 2018


European cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) call for proposals

Participants are invited to submit proposals for COST Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks, open to researchers and stakeholders with a duration of four years. They are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself.

COST Actions allow European researchers to jointly develop their own ideas in any science and technology field, including Humanities and Social Sciences. Participation in COST actions is open to International Partner Countries, including Japan, on the basis of ascertained mutual benefit.

Deadline: 20 April 2018



There are currently around 10489 research job positions (all over Europe, but also in other countries, Japan included, and in all disciplines) announced on the EURAXESS Jobs database. Opportunities can be viewed by country, level of seniority, field or research or via free text searches.

Please note that these jobs also include doctoral positions, including those funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA – ITN & Cofund) and by the European Research Council (ERC).


EU Member States and Associated Countries

National EURAXESS Portals

The latest information on open calls for national grants and fellowships in the 40 member countries of the EURAXESS network can be accessed on the respective national EURAXESS portals:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, MaltaMoldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK.


BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) – Incoming and outgoing doctoral and postdoctoral scholarship for Excellence IN.WBI & WBI.World

Two schemes are receiving candidacies under the programme:

The first one is open to foreigners from any nationality wishing to enrol in a post-doctorate programme in a University of Wallonia-Brussels in the following fields:

  • Transport and logistics;
  • Mechanical engineering;
  • Life sciences;
  • Environmental technologies.

Other fields may be considered, including human sciences, and fundamental or applied research.

  • Fellowships are also available for Belgian or resident students in the same fields as mentioned above to follow a doctorate or postdoctorate programme in a university abroad.

Both incoming and outgoing fellowships can be awarded for long term (1 year, renewable) or short term research (1 to 3 months)

Deadline: 1 March 2018 (for long term stays). Three cut-off dates for short-term stays: 1 February 2018; 1 May 2018; 1 October 2018



The AXA Chair scheme intends to make a step change in the development of the field of research through the recruitment of a world-class researcher from another institution for either a long-term appointment (AXA Permanent Chair position) or a series of consecutive short-term appointments (AXA Successional Chair position).

Research Programme: fully compliant with ethics, independence of academic research and strong engagement with society. The AXA Research Fund aims to contribute to solving societal challenges of our times. In this context, funded Chair holders are expected to proactively engage with society.

Eligible countries: Institutions located within countries where the AXA Group has insurance operations (Japan included) are eligible for funding.

Duration:  for an initial period of 5 years with potential renewal up to 5 years upon review and advanced research plans.

Funding: up to €120 000 per year.

Institutions are invited to submit their applications for one of the two campaigns, bearing in mind that an Institution is allowed to submit only one application per year:

Deadline for requesting a slot : 27 April 2018 & deadline for application submission : 13 June 2018 Or Deadline for requesting a slot : 24 October 2018 & deadline for application submission : 22 November 2018


FRANCE - Scholarship for Master in human rights at the Catholic University of Lyon (Incoming)

Université Catholique de Lyon (UCLY) offers a scholarship to candidates from outside the European Union for the M1 Master level at the Institut des Droits de l'Homme de Lyon (IDHL). The scholarship includes a one-year degree in the diploma Droit international des Droits de l'Homme et Droit public and may be extended for a further year to the final specialisation at M2 level, held in partnership with Université Grenoble-Alpes, also in the field of human rights.

All university tuition fees are covered by the scholarship, but it guarantees only part of the student's living expenses (accommodation, meals, etc.).

The tickets to France are not included. UCLY draws attention to the need for the student to finance part of the stay, since the amount of the scholarship is not sufficient for all the subsistence costs incurring during the academic year.

Deadline: 16 February 2018


FRANCE - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) PhD and post-doctoral grants (Incoming)

Those grants are awarded in science fields for engineers (orbital systems, space transport systems) and sciences using space assets (Universe science, Earth science, Microgravity science) to young French and foreign students interested in space activities.


PhD contracts to prepare a PhD in a research laboratory in France:

  • university applicants and college or engineering school graduates holding a master delivered by a university or a diploma which allows them to start a PhD according to the Doctoral School.
  • PhD contracts are necessarily co-financed (half-and-half) by a partner (public organisation, industrialist, region, etc.) thanks to a Uniform Agreement of co-financing.
  • the placing of co-sponsored contracts is dependent on the prior signing of a co-financing agreement with the partner and host laboratory.
  • The duration of those contracts is limited to one year, renewable twice.

Post-doctoral contracts granted for a research job in a laboratory in France:

  • applicants have to hold a doctorate or an equivalent before starting the contract.
  • Post-PhD contracts are entirely financed by CNES (however they may be co-financed) : the duration of those contracts is limited to one year, renewable once ; monthly gross salary for a post-doctoral grant: € 2331; contracts starts in December at the latest.

Deadline: 31 March 2018


FRANCE - Université Paris-Saclay International Master Scholarship Programme 2018-2019 (Incoming)

Université Paris-Saclay aims to promote access to its Master’s programmes for international students, delivered by its member institutions, and to make it easier for highly-qualified international students to join the University, especially for those wishing to develop an academic project through research up to the doctoral level.

The scholarships are aimed at students enrolled in Université Paris-Saclay Master’s programmes and are awarded based on academic achievements.

Scholarships are awarded for 1 year to newly enrolled Master’s students at Université Paris-Saclay (M1 or M2 level).


  • All academic fields are concerned
  • All Master’s programmes for which Université Paris-Saclay is accredited, except for vocational training.


  • Newly arrived international students, aged 30 and under during the course of the selection year.
  • International students living in France for less than a year, enrolled in a student programme that does not lead to a qualification.
  • International students living in France for less than a year, taking language classes (FFL type for example).

Deadline: varying and depending on the Master taken. See details here


FRANCE – Sciences Po Scholarships (Incoming)

  1. The Emile-Boutmy scholarship, that was created to welcome the very best international students from outside the European Union.

Eligibility requirements:

Students must be first time applicants from a non-European Union state, whose household does not file taxes within the European Union, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master's programme.

Students who are not eligible are:

  • Swiss and Norwegian applicants
  • Candidates who have dual citizenship, including an EU citizenship

This scholarship is awarded based on merit and according to the type of profile sought for this programme. Social criteria are also taken into account.

Deadline: 26 April 2018 (Bachelors)


FRANCE - Science Po PhD Scholarship

In an effort to provide the best funding possible for its PhD students Sciences Po's Graduate school has created PhD scholarships of 16 400 € per year for three years.

These scholarships are available for all Sciences Po's PhD programmes.

The Executive committee of the Graduate school awards them primarily on the basis of excellence of the research project.

Deadline: 14 May 2018


FRANCE-GERMANY - Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center (Incoming)

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies invites applications for a doctoral fellowship to be undertaken in Paris, France, under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Andersson or Prof. Olivier Godechot

WHO ? international students with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) who have received training in the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related fields. They should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. No nationality requirement. A firm command of English and working knowledge of French are required.

Deadline: 15 March 2018


GERMANY - Doctoral scholarships from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Incoming)

Scholarships for socially engaged doctoral students provided by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a foundation closely affiliated to Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP). Applications are welcome from doctoral students of any nationality, in all disciplines and of any age.


  • non-German citizenship
  • unconditional university admission
  • full-time PhD in Germany at a state or state-recognised university
  • academic project of considerable relevance to research
  • knowledge of German


Scholarship holders receive a maximum stipend of 1 000 euros per month. In addition, a health insurance subsidy of up to 125 euros per month will be granted.


The scholarship is initially approved for a one-year period, and can be extended by one further year upon application.

Applications can only be submitted online. Deadlines: 30 April 2018 and 31 October 2018


GERMANY - Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships (postdoctoral, Incoming)

Leibniz-DAAD fellowships offer highly-qualified, international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently completed their doctoral studies, the opportunity to conduct research at the Leibniz institute of their choice in Germany. Leibniz-DAAD research fellows can undertake their research at the 93 Leibniz institutes listed in the following links:

Eligibility: Recent international postdocs who have completed their studies with a PhD or equivalent qualification no more than two years ago. Applicants must neither hold German nationality nor have resided in Germany for the last 6 months before the application deadline.

Deadline: 8 March 2018


GERMANY - Research grant Fraunhofer Attract (Incoming)

The “Fraunhofer Attract” grant is the excellence stipend programme of Fraunhofer, inviting outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer.

The grant offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual application within an optimally equipped Fraunhofer institute operating close to the market. The scientist will be offered a budget of €2,5 Million over 5 years to lead a group of 3-5 co-workers.

Deadlines: 8 March 2018; 2 October 2018


GERMANY – Falling Walls Fellowships for Science Journalists (Incoming)

The Falling Walls Fellowship for Journalists is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years experience and who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.

The Fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture, the Falling Walls Conference as well as an additional programme in Berlin around 8 and 9 November 2017.

The fellowship includes travel expenses (economy class), accommodation for 3 nights (organised by Falling Walls Foundation), conference fees and meals (breakfast at hotel, catering during the Falling Walls events).


Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers can apply. Professionals in fields such as research, teaching, public relations and advertising are not eligible. The applicants must have a minimum of three years professional journalism/blogging experience in which they have written about the subject of sciences.

Deadline : 24 June 2018


GREECE - Onassis Foundation Fellowships for incoming foreigners

The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation announced the 24th annual Programme of Research Grants and Educational Scholarships addressed to non-Greeks, Professors, Postdoctoral Researchers and PhDs. Candidates for research in Greece on topics linked to Greek culture, society or economy. A total of ten scholarships will be awarded from which three scholarships will be allocated to university professors of all academic ranks, three scholarships to post-graduate researchers and four scholarships to PhD candidates.

Deadline: 28 February 2018


HUNGARY – Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarships (Incoming)

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme for bachelor, master, doctoral, and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses) in Hungary.

The call is open to citizens of Japan.

Apart from the tuition-free education, the Programme provides monthly stipend, medical insurance and housing allowance.

Deadline: 16 February 2018.


IRELAND - Career-FIT: Career Development Fellowships in the National Technology Centre Programme (Incoming)

Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part funded by Enterprise Ireland. It offers opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3 year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Successful candidates will carry out research in Ireland and will gain inter-sectorial and interdisciplinary exposure through this programme.


Experienced researchers from outside Ireland (in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience)

Deadline: 30 April 2018


IRELAND – ALECS Fellowship at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre (Incoming)

Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems (ALECS) is an innovative fellowship programme coordinated by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. It offers 26 fellowships for experienced software researchers.

The aim of the programme is to provide training and career development to the next generation of skilled computer science and software engineering researchers through providing international mobility and intersectoral exposure.

All fellowships will be based in Ireland where fellows will be hosted by their ALECS academic supervisor’s university. The two-year fellowship will include an individual research project under the academic supervision of a Lero researcher and a mandatory 3-6 month industry secondment.

Applications are welcome from researchers of any nationality who comply with the programme's eligibility criteria.

Research themes :

  • Methods and standards for high integrity systems
  • Autonomous and adaptive systems
  • Software performance
  • Security and privacy

Please note these are broad research themes. See http://alecs.lero.ie/ for supervisors’ research interests within the aforementioned themes.


Applicants should possess a PhD degree or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry at the call deadline.

Deadline: 22 February 2018


IRELAND – Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Call 2018 (Incoming)

60 Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships will be awarded for the academic year 2018/2019 to high calibre students from non-EU/EEA countries to study full-time in Ireland for a period of one year.  Scholarships may be approved for study across all disciplines.

The following are the terms and conditions that will apply:

  • The HEA will award a scholarship fund to the student (through the HEI that the student is attending) amounting to €10 000 for one study year.This fund is directed at covering student costs and living expenses.
  • The scholarship may be for:
    • the final year of an undergraduate programme;
    • one year of a taught master degree programme or;
    • one year of a research programme (i.e. one year of a 2 year research masters or a 3-4 year PhD programme).

The HEI will be required to give a FULL fee waiver to the student for the scholarship year (i.e. tuition fee and registration charge are waived).

Deadline: 23 March 2018


ITALY - Calls for the Admission to 2018/19 PhD Programmes - Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies

The Ph.D. Programmes at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna are designed for talented graduates from around the world.

For the academic year 2018/2019, there are 65 positions for Ph.D. students covered with a corresponding number of scholarships, funded by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), and by external public and private bodies:

  • PhD in Biorobotics
  • PhD in Law
  • PhD in Human Rights and Global Politics
  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Agrobiosciences
  • PhD in Agrobiodiversity
  • PhD in EDT

If you are not an Italian resident and wish to take part in the competitive selection, you must already have, or achieve by 31 October, a MSc degree that has been declared as being equivalent by the Italian authorities or recognised as being equivalent in terms of duration and content to the Italian degree. 

The Ph.D. courses will begin on 1 October 2018.

Deadlines : varying depending on the topics.(see the “attachments” link on the right-hand column).


NETHERLANDS - NIAS Individual Fellowship – non-Dutch (Incoming)

Individual fellowships for scholars with a non-Dutch affiliation, who wish to work on an individual project for 5 or 10 months. NIAS individual Fellowships are awarded to scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Fellows must have already made a considerable contribution to their field.


At least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience. Open to all Latin American and Caribbean researchers.

Applicants must have an affiliation with a university or research institute during the period of the fellowship. The NIAS Fellowship does not constitute an employment relationship: the fellow is and remains an employee of his or her own university or research institute.

Deadline: 15 April 2018


NETHERLANDS – NWA Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici (Incoming)

Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme giving senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.

Science areas:

Exact and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Applied and Engineering Sciences, WOTRO Science for Global Development Health Research and Development


Vici is targeted at outstanding senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 15 years can apply for a Vici grant.

Funding: The maximum grant is 1,5 million euros.

Deadline: 27 March 2018


POLAND – HOMING incoming postdoctoral fellowships for Young Researchers

This fellowship targets young post-docs from all over the world (regardless of nationality), with a special focus on the return to Poland of outstanding scientists of Polish descent, at research units or companies in Poland.

Field: subject related to the most innovative areas or that show significant application potential or importance for solving a major socio-economic problem.

Funding: The project budget is recommended not to exceed PLN 800 000 (approx. 185 000 euros).

Duration: up to 24 months


Young doctors (regardless of nationality) who have had a doctoral degree for not longer than 5 years,  Participation of at least one scientific partner from Poland or another country is mandatory.

Deadline : 5 March 2018


SPAIN - Ikerbasque Research Fellows 2018

Ikerbasque - the Basque Foundation for Science, has launched in 2018 a call offering 20 positions for postdoctoral researchers. These positions are financed by the Basque Government, the European Commission and the host institution where the researcher will develop his/her research: therefore the acceptance letter of the host institution is mandatory.

These five year fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role.

The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1/1/2007 and 31/12/2015.

Deadline: 15 March 2018


SPAIN - Attracting Talent Scholarships for Master's Degrees, University of Jaén (incoming)

30 scholarships for international students of excellence who wish to be enrolled in a Master programme at the University of Jaén .


Japanese students who have the corresponding BA or BSc degree to access the requested master’s programme. The general criteria for eligibility for admission are set out in Annex II.


  • Students will be exempt from tuition fees related to the credits required to carry out the chosen program (between 60-120 ECTS in case of master’s studies).
  • Health insurance
  • Students are entitled for an annual amount of € 3,000 per beneficiary for the coverage of accommodation and/or living expenses
  • Free Spanish courses in the case of non-Spanish speakers.

Check the list of master's degrees eligible for these scholarships in the following link: http://www.ujaen.es/serv/vicint/home/page/64

Deadline:30 April 2018



UK - Newton International Fellowships (incoming)

The Newton International Fellowships are available through the Newton Fund which is part of the UK’s official development assistance.

WHAT ? Incoming fellowships to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme covers a broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities

WHO ? Open to early career post-doctoral researchers from all over the world (with a PhD and no more than seven years’ active full time postdoctoral experience). Applicants need to have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

Deadline: 27 March 2018


UK (University of Nottingham) - Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence

WHAT? 50 full tuition fees scholarships in Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences


Overseas students/researchers holding an offer to start a full-time research degree programme, PhD or MPhil, at Nottingham campus with a start date that falls between 1 October 2018 and 1 February 2019 (inclusive), in any subject area excluding Engineering.

Engineering research students should apply for the Faculty of Engineering Research Excellence PhD Scholarship.

DURATION: 3 years of a research programme, subject to satisfactory progress.

Deadline: 9 March 2018


UK –

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

WHAT ? the fellowship offers fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position for a maximum of £24,000 per annum during three years, the remaining part being paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

WHO ? candidates with a PhD or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals, or research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university.

Deadline : 1 March 2018


UK (University of Leicester) - International Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarship

The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities offers eight International Excellence Scholarships to the value of £15 000* for September 2018 entry, to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes. Applicants must be an international (non-EU) fee paying applicant.

Awards will be granted to the strongest applicants based on an assessment of their:

  • research proposal
  • academic record and
  • supporting references.

Deadline : 28 May 2018



HFSP Frontier Research Grants

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Research Grants are awarded for novel, ground-breaking collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. Two types of grants are available: Young Investigators Grants and Program Grants.

WHO? The Principal Applicant representing the international team must be located in one of the member countries (Japan is part of the member countries), but participants can be located in any country. Young scientists from anywhere in the world may apply for a fellowship to work in a laboratory in one of the supporting countries. A scientist from one of the member countries can apply to work anywhere in the world.

Application deadline: 19 March 2018



Calls still open

European Union

ERC Consolidator Grants:  For researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years experience since completion of PhD; designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Up to €2.75 millions are available for projects of up to 5 years duration.Deadline: 15 February 2018

European University institute (EUI) - Fernand Braudel Incoming Senior Fellowships ; up to ten months in one of the EUI's four Departments which invite fellows to participate in departmental activities (seminars, workshops, colloquia, etc.). Deadlines:30 March 2018 (Law, Economics); 30 September 2018 (Economics, History and Civilisation, Political & Social sciences)

European Respiratory Society (ERS) - Short-Term Research Training Fellowships (Incoming): allow young scientists and clinicians to visit a host institution in Europe. Short term stays of 1-3 months are supported. All nationalities. Next deadline: 1 April 2018

Erasmus+ Joint Master Degrees (JMD) are offered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Students from anywhere in the world at master's level can apply for these degrees and one of the approx. 15 student and 4 guest lecturers scholarships. Deadlines: various (depending on each consortium’s rules for application. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.)

EMBO Long-Term Fellowships.  Long- term fellowships for up to 2 years to support post-doctoral research visits to laboratories throughout Europe and the world. Deadline: now accepted throughout the year.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA Postdoctoral Research programme offers up to 2 years positions. Applications are accepted continually. Next deadline: 1 April 2018.


EU Member States and Associated Countries


AUSTRIA – Ernst Mach Grant (Incoming): for postgraduates, PhDs, postdocs and lecturers from all over the world to conduct studies in Austria for one to 9 months in: Natural Sciences; Technical Sciences; Medicine; Agriculture; social Sciences; Humanities; Arts. Deadline:1 March 2018

AUSTRIA – Richard Plaschka Fellowship (Incoming) : for visiting university lecturers (Postgraduates, PhD holders, researchers) in humanities (History, Archaeology, Linguistics and Literature, Arts), primarily occupied with Austria-related topics. Deadline: 1 March 2018

AUSTRIA – Marietta Blau PhD Grant (Outgoing): 6-12 months of a doctoral programme at Austrian universities in Natural Sciences.

Monthly grants of 1500 Euros; Next application deadlines: 1 September 2018.


AUSTRIA - Institute of Science and Technology call for professors for internationally accomplished scientists in all areas. Deadlines: On-going for Professor applications. 

AUSTRIA - Lise Meitner Programme for Scientists from Abroad. WHO: Highly qualified scientists of any discipline with an invitation from an Austrian research institution. Applications accepted continuously, no application deadlines.

AUSTRIA – Erwin Schrödinger Outgoing Fellowship (Outgoing) including a return phase. Post-doctoral fellowships at leading foreign research institutions for young and especially highly qualified post-doc scientists of any discipline. Applications accepted continuously, no application deadlines.

BELGIUM – FWO outgoing mobility opportunities. Grants supporting  international contacts between research groups.

  • Travel Grants for Long Stays Abroad (31 days to 12 months) for researchers affiliated with a university in the Flemish community or belong to the scientific staff (of the Dutch-speaking community) of a federal or Flemish scientific institute.

Deadline for all grants: no later than 3 months prior to the departure date.

BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) - Ulysse incoming Mobility (Incoming) For a highly qualified researcher to lead a research team at Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation (WBF) university. Employment contract for 3 years. Deadline: rolling basis.

BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) - F.R.S.-FNRS Post-doctoral temporary incoming fellowship* (up to 3 years) for a non-Belgian PhD holder (with maximum 6 years of experience). Deadline: rolling basis

DENMARK - H.C. Ørsted postdoc programme (Incoming) for postdoc (12 to 24 months) and assistant/associate professor (3 to 12 months) in mathematics, physics, space research and informatics; Chemistry, biotechnology and chemical engineering ; Electronics and communication; Construction, production, buildings and transportation; Life science. Deadline : 23 February 2018

ESTONIA - Mobilitas Pluss Support for study visits and training abroad      for 100 researchers to attend international training events of both ETAg and its partners abroad. Deadline: Continuous

ESTONIA – Dora Plus programme (incoming / outgoing). Outgoing: Support to short-term study mobility for Master’s students and doctoral students from higher education institutions in Estonia. Incoming: Foreign Master’s students and doctoral students for short-term teaching and research work in Estonia (1-10 months). Applications: On-going

FINLAND - CIMO Fellowships. WHO? Young doctoral level students and researchers from all countries and from all academic fields. No application deadline.

FRANCE – INRIA The "Internships" Programme (Incoming): Research training experience for students from all over the world; Undergraduate, masters or PhD students come and spend a few months in an Inria research team; 2-6 months with fixed remuneration around 500€ per month. Deadline: check on website

FRANCE – 15 Postdoctoral Fellowships on Biology and Information Technologies open to all nationalities at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). No specific application deadline: The positions are open until they are filled by appropriate candidates.



FRANCE - PRESTIGE Postdoc programme. Three mobility schemes aimed at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers complying with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules. Call open all year long with four cut-off dates. The next ones are: 31 March 2018, 30 June 2018, 30 September 2018

GERMANY -          PhD at Berlin Mathematical School (Incoming): doctoral programme. BMS offers a broad range of courses, pure and applied mathematics, Scholarships. Late application deadline (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2018.

GERMANY – DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme; For highly-qualified foreign doctoral, postdoctoral students and senior scientists in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation, Energy; 1 – 36 months. Deadline: Usually once position filled or depending on current fellowships conditions, more details available here

GERMANY - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of EUR 45 000 and up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany by the Humboldt Foundation. Rolling call for applications with two reviews panels per year. In spring and autumn.

GERMANY – Incoming Emmy Noether Programme*. WHO? Outstanding postdocs/junior researchers with 2 to 4 years postdoctoral experience. No application deadlines.

GERMANY – Gerda Henkel Foundation post-doctoral 1 to 24 months Research Scholarships in humanities to carry out an independent research project alone. Applications are welcome at any time.

GERMANY- DAAD Reintegration of German scientists* with the goal of reintegrating into the German scientific community after having spent at least 1 year abroad. Deadline depends on current offers

GERMANY - DLR-DAAD Research Incoming Fellowships* in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research open to foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists. Deadlines depend on the current offers.

GERMANY - Humboldt INCOMING Fellowships* for researchers at different stages in their careers: - Humboldt Incoming Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (6-24 months) for researchers from abroad who have completed their doctorate in the last four years; - Humboldt INCOMING Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (6-18 months research projects) for Assistant Professors or Junior Research Group Leaders from abroad who completed their doctorate less than twelve years ago; Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (6−24 months research project) for postdoctoral or experienced researchers from developing or transition countries who have completed their doctorate in the last 4 (post-doc)/12 years (experienced researchers). Deadline: any time during the year.

IRELAND – SFI incoming Research Professorship* open to researchers in academia or industry. Applications on a rolling basis.

ISRAEL - Dan David Prize (Three prizes of one million US dollars each) and Scholarships (Incoming) of EUR 12 000 for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in History of science; Bioethics ; Personalised medicine (ten scholarships to students at universities throughout the world and ten scholarships at Tel Aviv University). Deadline: 10 March 2018

ISRAEL - Global Health Summer Programme at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Incoming) : Scholarships are available for outstanding students (third year of bachelor’s degree and students for Masters degree) in the fields of Health sciences, and Social Sciences with interest in public policy and health economy. Deadline: 25 February 2018

NETHERLANDS - Holland Scholarships for Bachelor and Masters candidates (Incoming): For international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor or master’s in the Netherlands. Deadline: 1 May 2017 (depending on the host institution)

NETHERLANDS (KNAW) - Evert Willem Beth Foundation: funding for research and symposiums: Research and symposiums in: modern logic, philosophy of science, history of logic, history of the philosophy of science and scientific philosophy in general. Students as well as researchers can apply. Continuous application.

NETHERLANDS – NWO ASPASIA Programme linked to Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi and Vici. Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competitive grant scheme. The highest performing female candidates in the NOW’s Vidi and Vici rounds will be approached by NWO after the round if they are not yet an associate professor (in case of Vidi) or full professor (in case of Vici). No deadline nor application form.

NETHERLANDS – NWO visitor’s travel grant* for foreign senior researchers to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 4 months. Continuous application.

NORWAY – The Research Council of Norway: Personal Visiting Researcher Grant for international researchers with qualifications at the professor level. Deadline: on-going.

POLAND (Foundation for Polish Science) - IDEAS FOR POLAND for Winners of the “ERC Starting Grants” competition who intend to pursue scientific research in Poland. Rolling basis.

PORTUGAL - Grants for Sabbatical Leave (outgoing) for PhD holders to carrying out research at foreign universities. All research fields and nationalities are eligible. The call is permanently open.

SPAIN - Extensive list of national, regional and private sector recruitment and funding opportunities: Looking for a research job or funding to carry out research in Spain? Check the list of opportunities compiled by FECYT here.

SWITZERLAND – ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships. Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich; Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor of the fellow; two years. Next deadline: 1 March 2018

SWITZERLAND (Swiss National Science Foundation - SNSF) – outgoing fellowships for Swiss nationals or permanent residents: International Short Visits, fund incoming / outgoing short term mobility and small joint research project. Continuous application

TURKEY - TÜBİTAK ‟2221” Fellowships for Visiting Scientists and Scientists on Sabbatical Leave who would like to give workshops/conferences/lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey. Three types of visits are granted within this programme: Short-term (up to 1 month), Long-term (up to 12 months) and Sabbatical Leave (from 3 months to 12 months). All types of grants cover monthly stipend and travel costs. Deadline : rolling basis.

UK - Wellcome Investigator Award (Incoming): Funding for world-class researchers and clinicians with a compelling long-term vision for their research. Awards: typically up to £3 million, and lasting up to seven years. Applications three times a year. Next deadline : 12 March 2018

UK - Imperial College President’s PhD Scholarships (Incoming): full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London for up to 50 research students (no restrictions on nationality) within their chosen research field; Up to 3.5 years. Next deadlines: 23 March 2018

UK - Wellcome Trust Doctoral studentships (Incoming): Humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health. Applicants must have sponsorship from an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low,  middle-income or upper-middle- income country and hold, or expect to hold, a relevant Master's degree. Deadline : 29 March 2018

UK - Wellcome Trust Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science : Small, one-time grants - of up to £100,000 for up to two years - to help researchers develop original and innovative ideas on the theme of sexuality and health. Next Deadline: 12 March 2018