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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action- MSCA- Doctoral Networks

The EU flagship programme for networks training doctoral candidates


MSCA- Doctoral Networks (MSCA-DN) are the main strand of funding available to train highly skilled doctoral candidates through  partnerships of organisations from different sectors across Europe and beyond, stimulate their creativity, enhance their innovation capacities and boost their employability in the long-term.
The MSCA-DN scheme supports doctoral programmes implemented through partnerships of universities, research institutions, research infrastructures, businesses, SME and other non-academic organisations.

Are you looking for a chance to bring in PhD candidates to your project, Research team, institute or faculty? Are you interested in joining other Universities, Research Institutions, Companies, non-academic organisations and be part of a high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia? Then the MSCAs Doctoral Networks (MSCA DN) is the right choice. It brings together universities, research centres, companies and non-academic organisations from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers.

The funding boosts scientific excellence and business innovation, and enhances researchers’ career prospects through developing their skills in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

There are three different schemes to apply for under the MSCA Doctoral Network programme:

  • Standard Doctorates 

  • Industrial Doctorates: They train PhD candidates who wish develop their skills and step outside academia, in particular in industry and business. Individual participants must be enrolled in a doctoral programme and jointly supervised by the academic and non-academic partners.

  • Joint Doctorates: They provide a highly integrated type of international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration in doctoral training leading to a joint doctoral degree or multiple doctoral degrees awarded by the participating institutions. PhD candidates must be enrolled in a joint programme and be jointly supervised.

Watch the MSCA Doctoral Neyworks 2023 webinar

Link to the MSCA-DN Handbook 2023 (prepared by MSCA-Net project with useful information on "How to write a successful MSCA-DN application)

Open calls

Call: H2022 – MSCA – DN - 2024

Features of the MSCA-DN 2023 - 2025 Work program

Types of action:

  • MSCA-DN - Standard Doctorates
  • MSCA-DN - Joint Doctorates
  • MSCA-DN - Industrial Doctorates

    Submission deadline: 27 November 2024

This page is updated by Emmanuel Babatunde