Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF) - Incoming/Outgoing
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.
MSCA Postdoctoral fellowships PF aims at supporting the international mobility of researchers within (European Fellowships) and beyond Europe (Global Fellowships). Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 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. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Family and special needs allowances are also available, when applicable.
European Fellowships and Global Fellowships
There are two types of Individual Fellowships:
- European 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 (to Horizon Europe) and last for one to two years. There are no more panels in the Postdoctoral Fellowship call (Horizon Europe novelty).
- Individual researchers based in Europe can also apply for a European fellowship for mobility within the EU or associated countries.
- Global fellowships
- 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 1/3 of the standard fellowship duration in another organisation worldwide. (Horizon Europe novelty).
An optional additional placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic host in Europe (member states or countries associated to Horizon Europe is now possible at the end of the fellowship (Horizon Europe novelty).
All research areas can be funded, from physics to linguistics, and from health sciences to mathematical modelling.
Experienced researchers of any nationality, i.e. researchers holding a doctoral degree with no more than 8 years of experience after the completion of their PhD (Horizon Europe novelty)
Mobility rule: 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.
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.
Resubmissions: please note that as of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022 call, proposals involving the same recruiting organisation (and for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships also the associated partner hosting the outgoing phase) and individual researcher submitted to the previous call of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 70% must not be resubmitted the following year. (2022 novelty).
Interested in applying? The first step is to read the work plan and guide for applicants (find the links below). You can also check a step by step made by the EURAXESS Worldwide team on how to submit a proposal.
Haven't found a host yet? Check out our hosting database with many offers from hosts in Europe!
Webinars about MSCA PF:
EURAXESS LAC organisedtwo webinars, one in Spanish (9 June 2022) and the other one in Portuguese (28 June 2022), about the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships with practical advice, tips, and hints by an MSCA national contact point and current MSCA fellows from the region. The webinar will focus on both modalities: from LAC to Europe (European Fellowship) and from Europe to LAC (Global Fellowship). More and recordings here
- Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Work Programme 2021-2022
- About the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe
- MSCA 2021-2027 Factsheet (2.74 MB)
- MSCA PF Guide for applicants New 2022
- Guidelines on the calculation of 8-years research experience in Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe New 2022 & MSCA-PF Self-assessment tool for the calculation of the 8-years research experience New 2022
- MSCA PF Project proposal (template) New 2022
- MSCA PF Handbook by MSCA NET New 2022
- MSCA specific evaluation forms used by the expert evaluators (this is for the evaluators, not the applicants, but it is useful to understand the evaluation process) New
- MSCA Matchmaking platform New 2022
- MSCA4Ukraine New
- MSCA How to apply, by the European Commission New 2022
- MSCA 2022 calls announcement: €857 million for researchers and organisations in 2022 New
- How to look for EU funded projects, including successful approved MSCA IF projects?
- Marie Curie Alumni Association: Argentina Chapter, Brazil Chapter, Chile chapter
- Find a Host Organisation in Europe
- Step by step on how to submit a proposal (also useful for MSCA PF)
- MSCA - What's in it for Brazilian and other Latin American and Caribbean researchers and institutions? New
- MSCA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://mariesklodowskacurieactions.blogspot.com/ New
- LAC researchers interested in going to Europe (European Fellowships): You can check many interviews we have done with MSCA fellows from LAC here: bit.ly/LACandMSCA, for example Luz Maria from Colombia, Hernán from Mexico or Luis Felipe from Brazil.
- LAC research institutes or universities interested in receiving European based researchers (Global Fellowships): Please read our interview with George Brown, Brazilian researcher from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) Forestry who received a European MSCA Global Fellow in his lab for two years, as well as our interview with Daniele Salerno, Italian MSCA researcher in Argentina.
Did you know? Research organisations (public or private, academic or not) in LAC can host Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global fellows at their own institute. They are encouraged to express their interest by posting a hosting offer on the EURAXESS portal. Check how in our tutorial at http://bit.ly/HowtoPost_HostingOffers
I want to go to Europe with an MSCA PF European Fellowship. How do I find a host?
- Search the EURAXESS Database of Hosting Offers.
- Use the MSCA matchmaking platform here.
- Be proactive! Contact your network of European collaborators, and ask for assistance from your supervisor, research colleagues or International Relations Office.
I want to host a researcher with an MSCA PF Global Fellowship at my institution in Latin America and the Caribbean. How do I find a fellow?