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Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral fellowship 2021-27

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral fellowships are a great opportunity to boost researchers’ career through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral mobility.

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


An experienced researcher (Fellow), of any nationality, develops a research project with a new supervisor based in Europe (host). The Fellow comes from any country in the world or moves within Europe. Moving country is compulsory. The application will address the fellow's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences. Placements or secondments in non-academic environments is strongly encouraged.

The application is prepared by the fellow and supervisor who offers appropriate mentoring and support. Regular exchanges between the supervisor and the fellow are the backbone of a competitive application.

Indicative 2024 timeline:

  • 10 April 2024: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 11 September 2024: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • February 2025: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • April 2025: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • April 2025: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)


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What the fellowship offers

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship can enhance researchers' creative and innovative potential. It provides the fellows with the opportunity to:

  • acquire and transfer new knowledge in their field of research and innovation in Europe
  • enhance their skills and diversify their individual competences through advanced training
  • expand their professional networks
  • benefit from the experience of working within a new geographical region of Europe
  • develop their research by working with our professional and world-leading experts
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To be eligible for a Marie S. Curie Postdoctoral fellowship, the fellow must:

  • have an excellent CV
  • have a PhD and a maximum of 8 years full-time research experience
  • For European Fellowship: 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 European Fellowship offers 12-24 months full-time research funding covering:


Allowance type


Living allowance (gross annually):


Mobility allowance:

€600/month + €660/month family allowance if relevant

Research, Training and Network costs:


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Why choose Queen's?

Queen's is part of an elite UK group of research-intensive universities, known as the Russell Group. 99% of our research environment was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our vibrant Postdoctoral Development Centre offers a wide range of resources dedicated to the career development of early career researchers.

We host new Marie Curie fellows every year. Find out more about their experience.

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.

Visit our pages: Research at Queen's & Living in Northern Ireland


If you are interested in applying with Queen's, please look at our Researcher Portal to identify a suitable supervisor and send this person your CV.

A Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship call closes in September every year.

In order to have sufficient time to prepare a competitive application, we recommend to contact supervisors in March/April.