16/06/2021

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF) - Incoming/Outgoing


The 2021 call is open and will close on 12 October 2021.

Note that under the new EU programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, the MSCA Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) is renamed to MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF). For an introduction to the novelties of MSCA under Horizon Europe, watch our info session in English at bit.ly/MSCAinfosessionLAC2021.

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 Fellowshipsand 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.

2021 call open! Check it here

Interested in applying? The first step is to read the guide for applicants. You can also check a step by step made by 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!

FIND HOSTING OFFERS FOR THE 2021 CALL HERE

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.

Additional resources

I want to go to Europe with an MSCA PF European Fellowship. How do I find a host?

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.