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MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021

Application Deadline: 12 October 2021 17:00:00 Brussels time

The goal of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships will be open to excellent researchers of any nationality. The scheme also encourages researchers to work on research and innovation projects in the non-academic sector and is open to researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, to those who are displaced by conflict, as well as to researchers with high potential who are seeking to restart their careers in research.

Through the implementation of an original and personalised research project, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to foster excellence through training and mobility and to equip researchers with new skills and competencies in order to identify solutions to current and future challenges. Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to reach out to society at large to make the results of their research visible to citizens.


Given the specific nature of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, the following exceptions and
additional eligibility criteria apply. This section also contains eligibility conditions, which
apply during action implementation but cannot be verified at the proposal stage.

  • All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding
    (including areas of research covered by the Euratom Research and Training
    Programme 2021-2025).
  • Proposals involving the same recruiting organisation (and for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships also the associated partner hosting the outgoing phase) and individual researcher submitted to the previous call of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 70% must not be resubmitted the following year.
  • Only one proposal per individual researcher can be submitted. In case of several proposals involving the same individual researcher, only the last submitted one will be considered eligible. If proposals with the same research objectives and work plan are submitted for different researchers, only the first submitted one will be considered eligible.
  • Applications must be submitted by a single independent legal entity, established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. This is a mono-beneficiary action. Applications in the research areas of research covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025 must be submitted by a single independent legal the entity, established in an EU Member State or a country associated to the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025. Nuclear-related proposals submitted by entities established in other countries will be ineligible
  • Affiliated entities are not allowed to participate as they cannot claim costs in MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.
  • International organisations with headquarters in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country will be deemed to be established in this Member State or Associated Country.
  • The beneficiary must employ and supervise the researcher during the action.


The check will normally be done for the coordinator if the requested grant amount is equal to or greater than EUR 500 000, except for:

  • Public bodies (entities established as a public body under national law, including local,
    regional or national authorities) or international organisations; and
  • Cases where the individual requested grant amount is not more than EUR 60 000 (low-value grant).

Application Procedure

  • Proposals must be submitted to only one of eight ‘main evaluation panels’: Chemistry
    (CHE), Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC), Economic Sciences (ECO),
    Information Science and Engineering (ENG), Environment and Geosciences (ENV),
    Life Sciences (LIF), Mathematics (MAT), Physics (PHY). Industrial and joint
    doctorates will be ranked in the scientific panel of submission. Each panel will
    establish a ranked list.
  • The distribution of the indicative budget of the call will be proportional to the number
    of eligible proposals received in each panel. If the budget allocated to any panel
    exceeds the requirements of all proposals positively evaluated in that panel, the
    excess budget will be reallocated to the other panels based on the distribution
    described above. Equally, if the allocated funding to a panel is insufficient to fund the
    highest-ranked proposal in that panel, the necessary budget will be transferred from
    the other panels based on the distribution described above, in order to ensure that the
    highest-ranked proposal can be funded. In order to ensure budget optimisation and an
    equitable success rate across panels, the excess budget remaining after the initial
    allocation of funding to the proposals in the panels may be transferred between panels.

Official Website: MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021



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