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Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants to cover salary costs and mobility allowances for researchers seeking to advance their careers by conducting a research stay abroad. The MSCA are open to all subject areas and there are no thematic limitations; the only prerequisite is mobility. Below is an overview of the various funding opportunities and information about how to apply.

If you are seeking to pursue doctoral studies abroad, you may do so via one of the many Innovative Training Networks funded by the MSCA. These networks are established by institutions that have received EU funding to collaborate on projects and they include doctoral student positions. These doctoral student positions are advertised on an ongoing basis on the EURAXESS Researchers in Motion portal under Jobs. Type “ITN” into the search field.

The EURAXESS portal also provides a lot of useful and practical information about moving abroad as a researcher.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are designed to promote innovation and cooperation between the business sector and universities. Companies and public institutions may participate in the MSCA on an equal footing with universities and research institutes.

Fellowship-holders are encouraged to conduct a stay at a non-academic organisation during the fellowship period. ITN project proposals may take the form of European Industrial Doctorates, in which the fellowship-holder spends at least 50 per cent of the fellowship period at a partner outside of academia.


Overview of funding opportunities under Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions programme:

3–36-month paid research stay abroad as part of ITN projects (Ph.D. level)
1–2-year paid research stay abroad in connection with Individual Fellowships (IF) (post-doctoral level) – see calls for proposals
MSCA COFUND (Ph.D. and post-doctoral levels) – calls for proposals may also be found via the above link.

More information may be found on the MSCA webpage at the European Commission:

Feel free to contact one of the Research Council’s National Contact Points (NCP) for MSCA if you have any questions.


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