Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA - PF)

Call opening on: June 22, 2021

Deadline for application: October 12, 2021

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA - PF) are provided by the European Commission to financially support international mobility and training of researchers holding a PhD. MSC fellows carry out their own research project in collaboration with a host institution based in a European Member State or Associated Country, which is indicated at the time of their application. Researchers of all ages, nationalities and scientific disciplines can apply.

MSCA - PF offer researchers the chance to boost their career by developing and diversifying their competences and gaining international and collaborative research experience. The MSC grant consists in an allowance covering living, travel and, if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs expenses. Research, networking and training costs as well as management and indirect costs faced by the host organization are also recognized.

  About the Action: European and Global Fellowships

Two types of Postdoctoral Fellowships are available.

  • European Fellowships are spent in European or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe for a period of one to two years.
  • Global Fellowships are open to European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in research projects, which provide an outgoing phase of one to two years in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organization based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Both types of fellowships may also include short-term secondments anywhere in the world during the fellowship (except during the return phase of a Global Fellowship).

In an effort to build bridges between the academic and non-academic sector, researchers can receive additional support to carry out a placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. This placement needs to take place at the end of their fellowship.

  Who can apply: general eligibility conditions

Eligibility conditions are defined in the Work Programme, which is available on the European Commission Funding & Tenders Portal. The annual call usually opens in mid-April and closes in mid-September. As per 2021, the MSCA-PF call opening is exceptionally expected on 22 June, whereas the call deadline is expected on 15 October 2021.

The International Research Office at the University of Padua will support your application if, at the date of the relevant deadline for the submission of PF proposals:

  • you choose the University of Padua as your Host Institution;
  • you hold a PhD;
  • you have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that you obtained your doctoral degree;
  • you comply with the mobility rule of the MSCA.

Researchers already working at the University of Padua can apply for a MSCA Global Fellowship, spending 12 to 24  months in a Third Country Partner Organization and then coming back to the University of Padua.

Researchers from all over the world applying for a MSCA-PF are welcome to choose Padua as their Host Institution within a European or Global fellowship, depending on their eligibility.

  Choosing Padua as your Host Institution

The University of Padua is ranked among the top three Italian universities for the quality of research. We offer a great working and environment, good research facilities, performing laboratory equipment as well as the possibility to work with world-class research groups.

We subscribe to the Statement of Commitment for the implementation of the ‘European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C)’ and are rewarded by the European Commission with the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ seal. We also act as a Euraxess Contact Point and provide personalized assistance to researchers and their families. 

  What the University of Padua can do for potential MSCA-PF applicants

The University of Padua aims at supporting excellent research to be conducted within its premises and works to attract young researchers carrying out high quality, innovative and ambitious research. The University of Padua has a large community of fellows and ranks second place at national level for number of Individual Fellowships in Horizon 2020. Through a dedicated International Research Office we support Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow candidates both in the application process and in managing the grant.

  Support services before the proposal submission

If you are a MSCA-PF candidate and are interested in working with us, send us a draft of your project (use the template of the European Commission – Part B) by the end of July. The International Research Office – Individual Grants Team (individual.grants@unipd.it) will review your proposal and provide you with a step by step guide on how to submit a successful project with the University of Padua.

You are also welcome to participate in the MSCA MaRaThoN@Unipd: Master your Research and Training Needs, an intensive training programme specifically dedicated to researchers willing to apply for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call in collaboration with a supervisor of the University of Padua.

  MSCA potential supervisors at the University of Padua

Several researchers at our University are willing to act as supervisors in MSCA-PF applications. In order to find a potential supervisor, have a look at the expressions of interest listed below, or search our University database of researchers for possible contacts based on your research interest.

See the full list of Unipd departments as a further reference.
Professors at Unipd wishing to act as supervisors are invited to fill in and submit the Supervisor Form.

 

 

  After the award of the Postdoctoral Fellowship

We offer MSC fellows a variety of training opportunities to develop their soft and transferable skills:

  • International careers chances for young researchers;
  • How to communicate research: dissemination strategies, importance of the data management plan and of publishing in Open Access;
  • The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment;
  • Cross cutting issues: responsible research and innovation, ethical aspects and gender equality;
  • Intellectual property rights.

  Alternative funding for MSCA Seal of Excellence Projects

In case you choose the University of Padua as your Host Institution and your project is not selected for funding, but the European Commission awards you the “Seal of Excellence – MSC Actions”, our University offers you an alternative funding under the MSCA Seal of Excellence @ University of Padua programme.

You have the possibility to apply for a grant of 50.000 Euros per project year (covering an employment contract and a 10.000 Euros budget for research, networking and training activities).  

International Research Office

via Martiri della libertà 8, 35137 Padova, Italy
tel. +39 049.827 1947 / 1945
fax +39 049.827 1911
international.research@unipd.it