Opening of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call 2022

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is open for applications! Individual researchers holding a PhD can enhance their creative and innovative potential. Acquire new skills through advanced training, and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility in order to further develop their careers and identify solutions to current and future challenges. Interested researchers can submit an application together with a host organisation, which can be a university, research institution, business, SME or other organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. The deadline for submission is the 14th of September, 2022.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is the leading program in developing talent and advancing research. The program is aimed at improving ‘human research potential’ by offering postdoctoral training and funding for excellent researchers at any career stage. The MSCA program is divided in several actions, including the Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Requirements for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Researchers interested in the Postdoctoral Fellowships should have a PhD degree at the time of the deadline for applications. Besides, they must have a maximum of eight years’ experience in research, from the date of the award of their PhD degree. Experience outside research and years of experience in research in third countries will not count towards the above maximum. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Types of Postdoctoral Fellowships

European Postdoctoral Fellowships. This program is open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships. This program funds the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between 2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 to 2 years will be spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.

In both fellowships secondments in non-academic sector at the end of the fellowship are encouraged and provide up to 6 months additional funding.   

Expected impact

Proposals should enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD and wishing to diversify their individual competences and skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility while implementing excellent research projects across all sectors of research. Besides, implementation of proposals should strengthen Europe’s human capital base in R&I with better trained, innovative and entrepreneurial researchers and contribute to Europe’s attractiveness as a leading destination for excellent researchers.


The following aspects will be especially taken into account during the evaluation of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships applications:

Excellence Impact Implementation
Quality and pertinence of the project’s research and innovation objectives (the extent to which they are ambitious and go beyond the state of the art) Credibility of the measures to enhance the career perspectives and employability of the researcher and contribution to skills development Quality and effectiveness of the work plan, assessment of risks and appropriateness of the effort assigned to work packages
Soundness of the proposed methodology (including interdisciplinary approaches, consideration of the gender dimension and other diversity aspects, and quality of open science practices) Suitability and quality of the measures to maximize expected outcomes and impacts Quality and capacity of the host institutions and participating organisations, including hosting arrangements
Quality of the supervision, training and of the two-way transfer of knowledge between the researcher and the host The magnitude and importance of the project’s contribution to the expected scientific, societal and economic impacts
Quality and appropriateness of the researcher’s professional experience, competences and skills

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