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 PF 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.
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.
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 (the list of countries associated to Horizon Europe will soon be made available) and last for one to two years. There are no more panels in the Postdoctoral Fellowship call (Novelty).
- 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 1/3 of the standard fellowship duration in another organisation worldwide. (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 (Novelty).
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. researchers holding a doctoral degree with no more than 8 years of experience after the completion of their PhD (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.
Haven't found a host yet? Check out our hosting database with many offers from hosts in Europe!
Webinars about MSCA PF and MSCA in general:
Past webinars from MSCA IF that can also be useful
- Watch the recording of the 3 webinars we held in 2020 for Brazilian researchers and institutions at bit.ly/Webinar_MSCAIFparaBrasileiros
- MSCA IF for Brazilian researchers and institutions held on 14/04/2020
- Testimony of a Brazlian MSCA individual fellow, Juliana Stropp held on 17/04/2020
- Q&A session on proposal writing, held on 10 july 2020
- Watch the one-hour series of Webinars for LAC in Spanish organised by EURAXESS LAC and the Latin American and Caribbean National Contact Network (RedLAC NCP) on MSCA IF for LAC researchers and institutions, including the Webinar with emphasis on global fellowships to bring Europe-based researchers to LAC institutions (28/05/2020) and the one on How to write a successful MSCA IF proposal (in spanish, held on 2 July 2020)
- Recording of the Net4Mobility+ webinar on the MSCA IF call given on the 2 June 2020 is available here.
- Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions - Work Programme 2021-2022 New
- About the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe New
- MSCA 2021-2027 Factsheet (2.74 MB) New
- MSCA PF Guide for applicants New
- Guidelines on the calculation of 8-years research experience in Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe New
- MSCA-PF Self-assessment tool for the calculation of the 8-years research experience New
- MSCA PF Project proposal (template) New
- 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
- How to look for EU funded projects, including successful approved MSCA IF projects?
- Marie Curie Alumni Association Brazil Chapter
- MSCA IF - Find a Host Organisation in Europe (also useful for MSCA PF)
- Step by step on how to submit a proposal (also useful for MSCA PF)
- MSCA - What's in it for Brazilian researchers and institutions?
- MSCA - What's in it for Latin American and Caribbean researchers and institutions?
- MSCA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://mariecurieactions.blogspot.de/
- 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/Meettheresearcher (check the ones with the image "Meet MSCA fellows from LAC"), 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.
- 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.
- Search the Net4Mobility+ Database of Expressions of Interest.
- 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?
- 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.