Postdoctoral fellowships in all fields of research at European universities' alliance - CIVIS3i 2nd call (MSCA COFUND)

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The CIVIS3i program is rooted in the concept of a cross-border environment for research that offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. CIVIS3i offers a comprehensive training and networking program, integrating interdisciplinarity and intersectorality in research, as well as skills to work on an international environment. CIVIS3i is devoted to increase the career perspectives of fellows, by offering talented researchers an attractive environment for research and by training a future generation of employable, mobile, first-class researchers.

Since 2021, the CIVIS3i Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme has offered 16 fellowships and contributed to the development of human resources in all fields of science worldwide, through the training of experienced researchers with international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral projects.

The Second Call of CIVIS3i is now open and offering 16 fellowships in all fields of science to experienced researchers (postdoc level) from any age and nationality.  

Fellowships are for a period of two years and are tenable at any of the CIVIS3i Recruiting Universities: Aix Marseille University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Sapienza Universitat di Roma and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Fellows will benefit from mobility and countless training and networking opportunities offered by the CIVIS Alliance of 10 universities across Europe, along with intersectoral exchanges with the socio-economic world, for instance via the CIVIS3i non-academic partners.

Secondment provisions and co-supervision should be included at the proposal stage if possible; however, if such elements are not fully defined in the proposal, the laureates will be accompanied on these dimensions once selected. Fellows are expected to participate in outreach activities related to their research. The competitive fellowships are designed to further the education and training of the fellows with primary emphasis placed on the individual's research promise, and to boost their future career inside or outside academia. The call is open to all fields of research, organised into the five CIVIS thematic hubs listed below, aligned with major societal challenges. The hubs integrate multiple topics, giving the fellows the freedom to conduct research on a wide range of subjects, for instance:

  • Health: Nutrition and food - Ageing; Well-being; Epidemiology; Immunology; Public Health; Medical Studies; Neurosciences; Pharmacology; Sport and movement science
  • Climate, Environment, Energy - Geology; Oceanography; Biodiversity; Migrations and settlements; Sustainable energy; Climatology; Pollution; Astronomy.
  • Society, Culture and Heritage - History; Literature; Sociology; Archaeology; Arts; Migrations; Religions; Philosophy; Political science; Languages.
  • Cities, Territories and Mobilities - Smart cities; Urbanism; Geography; Architecture; Transports; Logistics; Migrations; Governance.
  • Digital and Technological Transformations - Artificial Intelligence; New Media; Technologies & Engineering; Processes; Music; Learning; Sciences; Digitalization.


Applicants must comply with the programme's eligibility criteria and Guide for Applicants. The summarized criteria are:

In order to be eligible for a CIVIS3i postdoctoral fellowship, candidates must fulfil these two cumulative obligations:

  • Candidates must be in possession of a doctoral degree or at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. There is no age or nationality restriction. As a condition of the fellowship, successful candidates with a PhD must be able to present their diploma, a certified copy of their diploma, or optionally a certified letter from the appropriate university or research institute official stating that they have completed all of the requirements for their degree including the completion of their final thesis and viva/defense, and candidates without a PhD must be able to present proof of minimum four years of full-time equivalent research by the call deadline (work contracts, employer certificate, scholarships, certificates, a career description), by the call deadline. In addition, researchers without a doctorate at the Call deadline must clearly explain how the full-time equivalent research experience is calculated, including in their application the Full-time equivalent research experience table (template available on the Guide for applicants section).
  • Candidates must be recruited by a CIVIS3i recruiting University (AMU, ULB, UAM, SUR) in a country where they have not resided or carried out their main activity for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

To be admissible, the proposal must be submitted via the electronic submission system of CIVIS3i before the call deadline, be readable and printable, be complete (i.e. include the requested administrative data and any obligatory document requested in the call). Proposals which do not fulfil these requirements will not be considered for evaluation. Please read the Eligibility section of the Guide for Applicants for more details.

In September a series of events to assist applicants with the preparation of their research projects will be announced in the CIVIS3i website: Weekly Q&A sessions and a comprehensive Info Day.

more information here

Deadline: 27 October 2022.