Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions -MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023/23

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level ResearchPostDoc
  • Number of Opportunity: 12000
  • Eligible Region/Countries

    Countries Listed in the Description

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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Various Fields
  • Opportunity ID 71222
  • Funding Type Partially Funded

Opportunity Description

The 2023 call for the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions- MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is open now for international researchers.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships offer a budget of € 260.47 million for the academic year 2023. These grants will improve the innovative and creative skills of Ph.D. researchers interested in gaining new skills through advanced training and interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, and international mobility.

This year’s call is open to any scientific field applications, including Euratom research. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships include:

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  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers from any country to carry out a personalised project in the EU or countries associated with Horizon Europe.
  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: This fellowship is open to European citizens or long-term residents wishing to work with organizations in third countries before returning to Europe.

Researchers can apply together with a host organization. Their host organizations include research institutions, universities, businesses, small or medium-sized enterprises, or organizations based in a Horizon Europe-associated country or an EU Member State.

The fellowship also provides that researchers gain experience beyond academia by undertaking a placement in a non-academic European organization. Candidates can request this additional six-month opportunity at the end of their fellowship.

The following groups of researchers can apply for this fellowship:

  • Those wishing to reintegrate into Europe,
  • Who are displaced by conflict,
  • Researchers with high potential are seeking to restart their careers.

About MSCA:

The MSCA is the European Union’s flagship funding program for Ph.D. or doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers. MSCA is part of Horizon Europe with a primary objective to fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all levels of their careers. MSCA provides the recipients with new skills and updated knowledge through mobility across borders—the program also exposures the researchers to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA helps to build Europe’s research capacity and innovation by investing in the long-term professions of excellent researchers.

Indicative timeline

Reference: HORIZON-MSCA-2023-PF-01-01

Proposals Submission Deadline: 13 September 2023 (17:00:00 Brussels time)

Call Results Notification (TBC): February 2024

Successful Projects Grant Agreement Signature (TBC): June 2024

First EU-funded projects start (TBC): June 2024

Location: Europe

Study Level: Postdoctoral Research

Number of Opportunity: 12000 Projects

Eligible Countries: All Countries

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship Value

MSCA offers EUR 260.47 million expected to fund 12000 Projects via different application windows, including applications for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Who Can Apply for MSCA?

To apply for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship, legal entities must be eligible for funding as follows:

  • Any legal entity, regardless of establishment place, including legal entities from international organizations or non-associated third countries, is eligible to participate
  • Beneficiaries and affiliated entities should register in the Participant Register before applying. To get a PIC – Participant Identification Code and the Central Validation Service validity before signing the grant agreement, upload the necessary documents showing legal status and origin during the grant preparation stage.
  • Applicants must be in one of the following countries:
  1. The Member States of the EU, including their outermost regions:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.

  1. The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) with connections to the Member States:

Aruba (NL), Bonaire (NL), Curação (NL), French Polynesia (FR), French Southern and Antarctic Territories (FR), Greenland (DK), New Caledonia (FR), Saba (NL), Saint Barthélemy (FR), Sint Eustatius (NL), Sint Maarten (NL), St. Pierre and Miquelon (FR), Wallis and Futuna Islands (FR)

  1. Countries associated with Horizon Europe:

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo14, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

  1. The following low- and middle-income countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (Republic), Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt (Arab Republic), El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic), Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao (People’s Democratic Republic), Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine16, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic), Vietnam, Yemen Republic, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Note: Legal entities not established in countries other than those listed above will be eligible for funding provided for in the specific call conditions. Also, they will be eligible if their participation is considered essential for implementing the action by the granting authority.

How to Apply for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship?

Experienced researchers interested in developing their research projects can apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships. Researchers should develop an application jointly with their chosen host organization and submit it to the call for Postdoctoral Fellowships by entering the link below. Please find out the Sample Application Form before applying online.


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Find the basic steps that an applicant should follow throughout the fellowship process:

  1. Find out which kind of Postdoctoral Fellowships is suitable for the proposed project: European Postdoctoral Fellowships or Global Postdoctoral Fellowships
  2. Check the requirements carefully to make sure eligibility. Check all required guidelines for each Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal call.
  3. Find a host organization. Euraxess publishes hosting offers from research institutions interested in supporting the researchers’ application to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships calls. Mostly, the offers are in very concrete research fields that the host organization proposes. In many cases, applicants can contact a supervisor to develop their application.
  4. Read deeply about the application process, required documents, and forms. Hosting organizations and their research offices will often offer applicants training and guidance to prepare and submit a research proposal. Also, some online portals and regular webinars offer specific instructions on preparing and submitting a proposal.
  5. Get further guidance on participation through the National Contact Point (NCP) in the applicant’s home country. Enter the here to contact the MSCA NCPs.

Important Admissibility Notes:

  • All candidates should submit their applications before the call deadline.
  • Submit the applications electronically through the Funding and Tenders Portal electronic submission system linked above.
  • Do not submit a paper application, as paper submissions are NOT possible.
  • Incomplete applications are unacceptable and should contain all parts, mandatory Annexes, and supporting documents.
  • Please submit readable, accessible, and printable applications.
  • Applications should contain a plan for disseminating and exploiting results, including communication activities.
  • Follow page limits to parts of applications guided in the application templates linked above. If not provided, the limit for a complete application is 45 pages, and the limit for a first-stage application is ten pages.


Please visit the official link of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 or read the General Annex found in the official link.


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