Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions | Individual Fellowships 2018

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions | Individual Fellowships 2018

The goal of the MSCA Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential. 

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.


Individual Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships, whereas:

European Fellowships

  • are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world.
  • can restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave.
  • can help researchers coming back to Europe find a new position.

These Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one to two years.

Global Fellowships

  • fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  • last between two and three years.
  • the researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries.

Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period of up to three or six months in another organisation in Europe.


An additional € 5M is foreseen in 2018 for individual, trans-national fellowships where the host organisation is located in an eligible widening country (Widening Fellowships)


Cross-cutting issues:

  • Gender
  • Socioeconomic science and humanities
  • International cooperation


Deadline: 12 SEP 2018