What are the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships?
Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA-PF) provide support for researcher training and career development, placing the emphasis on their capacity for innovation. MSCA Postdoctoral fellowships support the career development of researchers for enhancing their individual competence diversification in terms of skills at multidisciplinary level and intersectoral experience. The MSCA-PF grant provides a competitive salary plus mobility and family allowances if applicable, as well as research, training and networking costs. This call to interest concerns the European Postdoctoral Fellowships (12 to 24 months of duration in Europe + optional placement in private sector in Europe of 6 months).
What are the eligibility criteria?
- Candidates must hold a PhD at the call deadline (13 Sept. 2023) and have 8 years maximum of full-time research experience after the PhD.
- “Mobility rule”: candidates must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline (exceptions exist for European nationals).
- Candidates can be from any nationality.
- Although not an eligibility criterion, a good track record is recommended.
- An additional layer is at Inria institutional level regarding security procedures in recruitment, which must be approved by our Defence Security Officer.
What is needed to apply?
The MSCA PF programme requires candidates to write their own research project, in synergy with a supervisor at a European host institution. The proposal is a ten pages document describing the scientific idea, its expected impacts and implementation pathway, with an additional 5 pages for the candidate’s CV. At Inria, we provide extensive support to good quality candidates in the form of preliminary meetings, group training to better understand the programme and the grant proposal requirements, and one-to-one review sessions by specialised staff in the late stage.
I’m interested. What should I do?
- Check our list of hosting offers, when a domain fits your profile or seems complimentary to your expertise, go to the research team webpage and look for more info.
- Once you think you have an interesting research project idea that fits the domains described in one of our hosting offers, write it down in 4-5 lines and email the indicated contact persons (even better if you can add a CV or a link to your profile).
What’s in it for me?
Selected candidates will have access to privileged grant writing training sessions and one-to-one proposal review sessions in the last phase with our experienced European Officers.
The sessions will take place on the following dates (all times CEST):
- Introduction to scheme, general considerations & invitation to discuss projects with supervisors, 4 April, 10:00-12:30, online only;
- Grant writing guide (with exercises), 4 May 9:00-16:30, online only;
- Grant writing: details & advice on polishing + joint writing session, 29-30 June in person, Lyon, France (+ online for candidates outside of France).
► Registration link for all training sessions
► Slides are available upon request at email@example.com
- Asia – Wed 15 Feb 2023, 10:30 CET
- Africa, Middle East – Wed 15 Feb 2023, 12:30 CET
- Europe – Wed 22 Feb 2023, 12:30 CET
- Americas – Wed 22 Feb 18:00 CET