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Marie Skłodowska-Curie - Postdoctoral Fellowships


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions lie under the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon Europe.

The goal of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly, Individual Fellowships) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD, wishing to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. The scheme supports academic projects but does strongly encourage researchers to include project work in the non-academic sector.

Who can apply?

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to excellent researchers of any nationality, including researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, researchers who are displaced by conflict as well as researchers with high potential aiming for a career restart in research.  Applications will be made jointly by the researcher together with a beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sector.

Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree within 8 years prior to the deadline of the call. Exceptions: career breaks.

Fellowship types:

Postdoctoral Fellowships either can take place in Europe (i.e. in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country like Norway) or in a Third Country not associated to Horizon Europe (e.g. USA):

  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships: Fellows (any nationality) either come to Europe from any country in the world or move within Europe for a project. The standard duration of these fellowships must be between 12 and 24 months.
  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in projects with organisations outside EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. These fellowships require an outgoing phase of minimum 12 and maximum 24 months in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Fellowships may be prolonged up to 6 months through a placement in the non-academic sector at the end of the project.

Streaming of an information event on the MSCA program by the European Commission on 23 March 2021.

More detailed information: MSCA-PF Fact Sheet


MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021, call opens 18 May 2021, deadline 15 Sept. 2021

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022, call opens 13 April 2022, deadline 14 Sept 2022


If you are a UiB employee interested in the scheme, please take contact with your local research advisor for more information.

If you are not employed at UiB and interested to develop a project with UiB as host institution, please take contact with the Local Contact Point.


This page is updated by Corina Guder