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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships

MSCA Individual Fellowship

Career Development through mobility

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aims to enhance the career development and training of researchers through international and intersectoral mobility. 

Queen’s University Belfast is very experienced at hosting MSCA fellows and welcomes applications in all areas.

Interest Form   Guide for Applicants  Hear from Previous Fellows


An experienced researcher (fellow) with a minimum of PhD level experience moves to an institution in another country (host), where he or she works with a supervisor to deliver a specific project involving research, innovation, training and networking activities. 

Both parties must collaborate on the application and the supervisor should offer appropriate supervision and support. Regular meetings between the supervisor and the researcher should be the backbone for the planning and implementation of the research and innovation plan.

Proposals should be built around a concrete plan of training-through-research at the host organisation (Career Development Plan). In addition to research activities and objectives, this should address the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Applicants can be of any nationality. There is no upper limit to age or experience.

What the fellowship offers

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowship can enhance your creative and innovative potential. It is highly flexible, pays a generous salary, and provides you with the opportunity to:

  • acquire and transfer new knowledge in your chosen field of research and innovation in Europe
  • expand your professional networks
  • benefit from the experience of working within a new geographical region of Europe
  • develop your chosen area of research by working with our professional and world-leading experts
  • enhance your skills and diversify your individual competences through advanced training

The European Fellowship offers 12-24 months full-time research funding covering:

  • living + mobility allowance
  • family allowance.
  • research, training and networking costs
  • management and indirect costs

The 2020 round of applications will open on 08 April 2020 and will close on 09 September 2020


To be eligible for a MSCA fellowship, researchers must:

  • Have outstanding potential
  • PhD or 4 years full-time research experience.
  • Standard EF: You must not have lived or worked in the UK for more than 12 months within the three-year period, prior to the closing date of the application.

The fellowship start date must be within 12 months from 1st April following call deadline. Fellowships are funded using fixed ‘unit costs’ for the researcher and the institution. These ‘unit costs’ are flat-rate EU contributions to support the researcher, research costs and institutional costs during the project.


Allowance type


Living allowance (gross annually):

€58,560 (€81,866 including coefficient)

Mobility allowance:

€600/month + €500/month family allowance if relevant


€650 per month

Research, Training and Network costs:

€800 per month

Types of fellowship




Incoming Fellowships (IF) Standard panel

Must have spent less than 12 months in the last 3 years in the country where the fellowship is undertaken.

Reintegration of EU nationals back into EU

Have not resided/carried out main activity in Europe for more than 3 years in the last 5, prior to the deadline.

Resuming a career in research

Have not resided/carried out main activity in the country of the host organisation for more than 3 years in the last 5, prior to the deadline.

Global Fellowships

Eligible if you are an EU national or have been in the EU for 5 years or more. 24 – 36 months in total of which 12 – 24 months in third country followed by mandatory reintegration phase in European host institution.

Why choose Queen's?

Queen's is part of an elite UK group of research-intensive universities, known as the Russell Group.

Belfast is a modern capital city, welcoming, easy to get around and an affordable place in which to live and study. As Belfast flourishes as a global food, culture, arts and shopping destination, Queen's is at the social and cultural heart of the city. 


Why Queen's  Life in Belfast


If you are interested in applying to undertake a MSCA fellowship at Queen’s:

  1. You can look for a potential supervisor here
  2. Once you have identified a suitable supervisor please complete the interest form as soon as possible
  3. You and your supervisor will be supported by our dedicated European Development Team who will advise on how to maximise proposal potential