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Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Are you a postdoctoral researcher thinking about your next career move?

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships may be just right for you. These fellowships fund excellent researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad. University of Limerick, one of Ireland’s leading universities, allows you to work in a first-class research environment and enjoy an attractive remuneration package with a typical fellowship budget of ~ €90,000 per annum. All areas of research are eligible.


Types of Fellowships

  • European Fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in research projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe.
  • Global Fellowships are open to European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in research projects with organisations outside the EU Horizon and Associated Countries. Fellows complete an outgoing phase of maximum 2 years outside Europe followed by a mandatory one-year return phase back to Europe. Funding will cover three years.
  • Mobility rule: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The researcher must be, at the date of the MSCA-PF call deadline (tentative 15.9.2021) in possession of a doctoral degree.
  • At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account.
  • For nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to pursue their research career in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, years of experience in research in third countries will not be considered in the above maximum. 

The MSCA grant will support two years' salary, mobility (and family) allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their supervisor at the host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the supports offered by the host organisation. All disciplines are eligible for funding.

  • Marie Curie Fellows’ publications are more-often cited than equivalent peers and are more frequently published on influential scientific journals.
  • Fellows are more successful in applying for European Research Council (ERC)’s competitive grants for high-quality research.
  • Fellows achieve professorship titles more frequently than others and are more likely to hold principal investigator position.
  • The opportunity to work with our leading researchers, using the most advanced scientific approaches and facilities.
  • University services and staff supporting international scholars.
  • A wide range of skills training designed to meet the specific needs of researchers. 
  • Career coaching, mentoring and guidance. 
  • An attractive remuneration package.