The goal of the Individual Fellowships (IF) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors.

Only one proposal per individual researcher per call will be evaluated.

Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships.

European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held.

Direct return to and long-term reintegration of researchers in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there must be direct mobility to the country of the beneficiary in Europe from a third country (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave or due to recent migration, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for a continuous period of at least 12 months within the 18 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission.

Researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector will be supported via a separate multi-disciplinary society and enterprise panel of the European Fellowships. The objective of this panel is to facilitate career moves between the academic and non-academic sectors, to stimulate innovation, and to open attractive career opportunities for researchers outside academia.

Widening Fellowships implemented through Work Programme part 15, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation, provide specific support to researchers to undertake their fellowship in a widening country. This will help spread excellence and close the still apparent research and innovation gap within Europe.

Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase.

Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship. In the Global Fellowships, such a secondment can also take place at the start of the action at the beneficiary or a partner organisation in Europe for a maximum of 3 months, allowing the researcher to spend time there before moving on to a partner organisation in a third country.

A Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the researcher. In addition to research or innovation objectives, this plan comprises the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, teaching, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Researchers participating in the Individual Fellowships may opt to work part-time in order to pursue supplementary activities. These might include creating a company, or engaging in advanced studies not related to the MSCA grant. Any supplementary activities carried out part-time in parallel with the MSCA action must be agreed upon by the researcher and the beneficiary.

Application Pre-conditions

Applicants must be experienced researcher and must comply with the mobility rule (please see below mobility rule of each panel).

Experienced Researcher (ER) must be, at the date of the call deadline, in possession of a doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

 

Duration of Fellowships

  • The duration of Standard, Society & Enterprise and Reintegration European Fellowships is between 12 and 24 months.
  • The duration of Career Restart European Fellowships is between 12 and 36 months.
  • The duration of Global Fellowships is between 24 and 36 months. For the Global Fellowships there is an outgoing phase between 12 and 24 months, and an additional mandatory 12 month return phase.


Fellowships take the form of European Fellowships or Global Fellowships:

A.European Fellowships:

1. Standard European Fellowships (EF-ST): 

  • The Standard European Fellowships are divided into eight scientific areas and provide financial support to individual researchers undertaking international mobility.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located.Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.
    Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • After the call deadline, EF-ST proposals not complying with the EF-ST eligibility conditions but complying with the conditions of another panel will be automatically transferred there.

 

2.Career Restart Panel (EF-CAR):

  • The Career Restart Panel (CAR) is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF which provides financial support to individual researchers who wish to resume research in Europe after a career break (e.g. after parental leave, working outside research, etc.).
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • The experienced researcher must have had a career break in research, i.e. they were not active in research for a continuous period of 12 months within the eighteen months immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals (i.e. between 13 April 2017 and 12 September 2018). ‘Active in research’ means being employed or holding a scholarship in research. Parental leaves and unpaid leaves of absence will not be counted as periods of active engagement in research, even if a formal employment relationship exists during these periods. Publication activities or mere association to a university (i.e. any other link to the university that is not considered as an employment contract or a fellowship agreement) are not taken into account either. (Example of 'mere association': the researcher is allowed to use the facilities of the university; he/she is sent to a conference by or on behalf of the university; or is enrolled in a bachelor's/master's or other non-research related degree at the university.)
  • After the call deadline, EF-CAR proposals not complying with the EF-CAR eligibility conditions but complying with the conditions of another panel (including the maximum duration) will be automatically transferred there.

 

3.Reintegration Panel (EF-RI):

  • The Reintegration Panel is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF dedicated to researchers who wish to return and reintegrate in a longer term research position in Europe.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher must be a national or long-term resident of a MS or AC. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved directly from a TC to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international European interest organisations (IEIO) or international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • After the call deadline, EF-RI proposals not complying with the RI eligibility conditions but complying with the conditions of another panel will be automatically transferred there.

 

4.Society & Enterprise Panel (EF-SE):

  • The Society & Enterprise Panel is a multidisciplinary panel of the EF dedicated to career opportunities for researchers seeking to work on research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector.
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the MS or AC where the beneficiary is located. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline. For beneficiaries that are international organisations located in a MS or an AC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline in the same appointing organisation.
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account. Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • The beneficiary must be an entity from the non-academic sector. (The Non-Academic Sector encompasses socio-economic actors not included in the academic sector, i.e. non-academic organisations, from industry to business (including SMEs), government, civil society organisations (NGOs, trusts, foundations, etc.), cultural institutions, museums, hospitals, and international organisations (e.g. the UN or WHO) fulfilling the requirements of the Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation Regulation .
  • After the call deadline, EF-CAR, EF-RI and EF-ST proposals with beneficiaries that have a non-academic status will be transferred to the EF-SE Panel, if they comply with the conditions of the EF-SE Panel and if this would be in their benefit. EF-SE proposals with beneficiaries having an academic status will be transferred to an EF panel under which the academic status is permitted.
  • The status of the organisation and the decision to transfer proposals is ultimately determined by the legal validation of the beneficiary, which takes place if the beneficiary is invited to start the Grant Agreement Preparation. It is therefore important that beneficiaries considering themselves to be non-academic apply directly for the EF-SE Panel. If the non-academic status of an EF-SE proposal is not confirmed by the validation services at the moment of the Grant Agreement Preparation, the proposal will be transferred to an EF panel under which the academic status is permitted. This might imply that the invitation for the Grant Agreement Preparation is withdrawn, should the proposal consequently not meet the eligibility requirements for this panel or if the scoring cut-off to receive funding is not reached.

 

B.Global Fellowships:

  • Global Fellowships are based on an outgoing phase during which the researcher undertakes mobility to a partner organisation in a TC for a period of between 12 and 24 months, followed by a mandatory 12-month return period to the beneficiary located in a MS or AC. 
  • The researcher must be an experienced researcher. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience.
  • The researcher must be national or long-term resident of a MS or AC. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must move or have moved from any country to the partner organisation located in the TC. Specifically: The researcher cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the TC partner organisation where the outgoing phase takes place for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. For international organisations located in a TC, the experienced researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline at the same partner organisation. 
  • Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.
  • Short stays are characterised by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside nor have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • The beneficiary must be located in an MS or AC, and, the partner organisation for the outgoing phase must be located in a TC and is the entity where the outgoing phase takes place.
  • The partner organisation has to provide an up-to-date letter of commitment which should be included in Part B of the proposal, to confirm their real and active participation in the proposed action. Their precise role should also be clearly described in the proposal. If the letter of commitment of the partner organisation is not provided, the proposal will be considered incomplete and therefore will be declared inadmissible.
  • The mandatory return phase for the experienced researcher in the European host organisation (the beneficiary) is essential for the successful achievement of the objectives of this action. In case of non-fulfilment of this condition, the REA may ask the beneficiary to reimburse the total amount received for the benefit of the researcher under the Grant Agreement.
  • After the call deadline, GF proposals not complying with the GF eligibility conditions but complying with the conditions of another panel will be automatically transferred there.

 

C.Widening Fellowships:

The Widening Fellowships aim at providing support to researchers, regardless of their nationality, to undertake their fellowship in a Widening Country,12 in order to help spread excellence and close the research and innovation gap within Europe. A budget (EUR 5 million) has been earmarked under the Work Programme "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" to fund proposals with a host organisation located in a Widening Country, submitted to the MSCA-IF-2018 call but which failed to receive funding under this call. At submission stage applicants are asked in section 5 (Call Specific Questions) whether or not they wish to be considered for this funding opportunity (see Annex 3).

The normal award criteria, scoring and thresholds for MSCA-IF will apply. EF proposals from all scientific areas which cannot be funded under EF and have a chance to be funded under WF will therefore be ranked in one single list according to the scores and evaluation procedure (including the prioritisation in case of ex aequo) of the MSCA-IF call. The MSCA-IF model Grant Agreement will apply to all Widening Fellowships. The only implementing difference with MSCA-IF is that researchers supported by the Widening Fellowships will not formally be considered as MSCA fellows, and thus will not be entitled to receive the MSCA certificate.

Host organisations from Widening Countries will be informed simultaneously about the results of the evaluation for both MSCA-IF-2018 and the Widening Fellowships call, i.e. all applicants eligible for transfer to the WF call will receive a standard IF evaluation result letter and an attached WF evaluation result letter. The Seal of Excellence will be awarded to all IF proposals eligible to receive it. There is no Seal of Excellence for WF proposals.

 

Optional Secondments

During the implementation of the action the experienced researcher may be seconded outside their host organisation to an organisation in a MS or AC. Secondments of the researcher to partner organisations are encouraged, but they should be relevant, feasible, and beneficial for the researcher and in line with the project objectives. Applicants should therefore consider carefully whether the research would be advanced by a secondment, and whether it should take place in the academic or non-academic sector. Any secondment must be clearly specified in Section 5 of Part B of the proposal and justified where relevant in the other sections of Part B. However, no letter of commitment is required. If the partner organisation where the secondment takes place is not identified at the proposal stage, it is essential that Part B of the proposal contains as much information as possible on the sector, place, timing and duration, and its overall purpose. The maximum duration of secondments is defined according to the total duration of the fellowship. If the fellowship lasts more than 18 monts, secondment can be max. 6 months; if the fellowship lasts less than 18 monts, secondment can be max. 3 months.

The secondment phase can be a single period or can be divided into shorter mobility periods. It can take place at one or more organisations, which can be located in the same country as the beneficiary. A secondment is allowed during any phase of the project to any entity located in a MS/AC. While secondments can take place within the same sector, inter-sectoral secondments are highly encouraged. Entities with a capital or legal link with the host organisation cannot host secondments.

For Global Fellowships, such an optional secondment can also take place at the start of the action at the beneficiary or its entity with a capital or legal link and/or a partner organisation in a MS or AC for a maximum of 3 months, allowing the researcher to spend time there before moving on to a partner organisation in a Third country. In such cases, the initial secondment will be considered as part of the outgoing phase. The quality and degree of involvement of partner organisations and the impact of the secondments will be assessed by the expert evaluators according to the evaluation criteria. In all cases the secondment must be meaningful and appropriate to the type of fellowship and research field.

It is essential for the applicants to clearly distinguish "secondments" from short visits (for example for field work) since they have a different nature and pursue different objectives. A short visit is not a "secondment", and therefore the country where a short visit takes place can be chosen freely. Secondments are planned in advance, and are an integral part of the research proposal. Secondments imply mobility to a partner organisation in a MS or AC with specific supervision arrangements. Short visits imply mobility to another location outside the physical premises of the beneficiary. However, the work done is supervised directly by the beneficiary. Short visits can only represent a small part of the action. When a short visit to a TC takes place, the beneficiary shall ensure compliance with the applicable Horizon 2020 ethical framework and the corresponding provisions of the Grant Agreement.

 

Financial Aspects

The financial support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF takes the form of a grant covering 100% of the action’s eligible costs. These are not related to the real costs of the action, but are calculated exclusively based on the fixed units set out in the Work Programme.

What types of monthly expenses are covered?
The European Union contribution and rates under this action are set out in Part 3 of the Work Programme 2018-2020 and cover:
• Living, mobility and family allowances for the researcher
• Research, training and networking costs
• Management and indirect costs

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Information

  • 2018 call for Individual Fellowships will close on 12 September 2018 by European Commission. Please click for European Commission page of 2018 Call.
  • You can find many institutions’s posts willing to host prospective MSCA-IF postdoctoral candidates as long as funding is obtained from the European Commission through the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS Call for Applications 2018.
  • Please click to reach "How to submit your MSCA-IF 2018 Proposal?" document preapred by Marie S. Curie National Contact Point for Turkey.
  • Please click on the document name to reach "Evaluation Summary Reports (ESR) Analysis" for "ST-CAR-RI-GF Panels" and "SE - Society and Enterprise Panel". Those documents were prepared by 7 different countries' national Contact Points cooperating under Net4Mobility+ Project funde by European Commission.
  • If you are willing to visit one of the research performing organizations (academiz or non-academic) in Turkish Research Area, you can make use of MSCA Individual Fellowships. Please check EURAXESS Jobs Portal available positions and EURAXESS Turkey Portal to get practical information concerning professional and daily life, as well as information on research jobs and funding opportunities in TURKEY.
  • If you are applying to MSCA-IF call with an institution from Turkish Research Area, do not forget to apply Marie curie Pre-evaluation support of TÜBİTAK. MSCA IF Pre-Evaluation Support is for the researchers who have made their project proposals ready to present to the European Commission. Researchers who will apply to MSCA IF Fellowship and undertake in their project proposal to perform 1 year of their project in Turkey can benefit from the support. In other words, the applicants leading out of Europe and coming back to Turkey for at least 12 months (Global Fellowship) and the applicants coming to Turkey from abroad for the duration of 12-24 month are considered for evaluation. Please click for further information.