UK Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021

The first Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (MSCA-PF) call under Horizon Europe is expected to open on 27th May 2021 with a deadline of 15th September 2021. 

The Research Development International team will run as a pilot, an intensive bid support event, on July 8th 2021 for potential fellows and their host supervisors planning to apply to the 2021 call. 

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) are prestigious fellowships funded by the European Commission. The goal of the MSCA-PF scheme is to enhance the career of researchers holding a PhD wishing to acquire new skills, through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to excellent researchers of any nationality, including researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, researchers who are displaced by conflict as well as researchers with high potential aiming for a career restart in research. The scheme is open to all domains of research and also encourages researchers to explore research and innovation projects in the non-academic sector.  

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a PhD and at the call deadline must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent research experience, measured from the PhD award date. Years of experience outside of research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not count towards the 8 years maximum experience in research. In order to comply with the mobility rule, applicants who wish to be hosted by the University of Bristol, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. For Global Postdoctoral Fellowships, this rule applies to the host organisation that will host the fellow during the outgoing phase of the fellowship.

Further details will be available here once the call is open. The details below and applications documents on the right are for the last Fellowships call under Horizon 2020 and are just included for reference.


Funding 2020
Allowance typeAllowance
Living allowance (annually): €58,560 (€81,866 including coefficient)
Mobility allowance: €600/mth + €500/mth family allowance if relevant
Management/Indirects: €650 per month
Expenses: €800 per month


The MSCA fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to focus full-time on my research, travel to motivating meetings and workshops, and interact with the leading experts in my field. It's an experience I would recommend to anyone.

Dr Bert Wouters, ex-School of Geographical Sciences

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