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The primary guidelines and prerequisites for Postdoctoral Fellowships (PFs), as well as the eligibility criteria, are outlined on this page.

  • The following call will begin on April 9, 2024.
  • Check out the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024 call that is coming shortly.
  • The Postdoctoral Fellowship’s Goal
  • PFs aim to promote research quality and assist the careers of researchers. The Postdoctoral Fellowships initiative aims to support PhD holders who want to advance their careers, learn new skills, and conduct research overseas. PFs facilitate researchers’ experience abroad, across disciplines, and in non-academic fields.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Types

Two categories of postdoctoral fellowships exist:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships in Europe. They welcome researchers to relocate within Europe or to pursue their research careers by traveling to Europe from other continents. These fellowships, which can last one or two years, are offered in EU Member States or Countries Associated with Horizon Europe. Any nationality of researcher may apply.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Worldwide. They provide funding for researchers to travel outside of Europe. The fellowship has a duration of two to three years, with the first one to two years to be spent in a non-affiliated third country and the second, which is a mandatory one-year return phase to an organization located in a member state of the European Union or a country linked with Horizon Europe. Applications are only open to citizens or permanent residents of EU member states and countries associated with Horizon Europe.
  • Short-term secondments anywhere in the globe may also be a part of both kinds of fellowships, provided that they do not occur during a global fellowship’s return phase.

Researchers can get additional funding to complete a placement of up to six months at a non-academic organization based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country, with the goal of bridging the gap between the academic and non-academic sectors. This placement must occur at the conclusion of their fellowship.

Researchers must be citizens of an EU Member State or a Euratom Associated Country in order to be eligible for Postdoctoral Fellowships in fields of study covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme. In addition, the beneficiary organization that is hiring the researcher must be based in an EU Member State or an Associated Country of Euratom.

For whom are Postdoctoral Fellowships open?

Together with a host organization—which could be a university, research facility, company, SME, or any organization headquartered in an EU member state or a country associated with Horizon Europe—interested researchers submit an application. Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in all fields of study, including those covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme.

Scholars with a focus on PFs

should, at the time of the application deadline, hold a PhD. A maximum of eight years of experience in research from the date of the award of their PhD degree is required. Years of experience outside of research and career breaks, as well as years of experience in research in third countries, will not count toward this maximum. Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but have not yet received their doctorate will also be considered eligible to apply. Reintegrating into Europe requires countries to adhere to mobility rules: they cannot have lived or engaged in their primary activity (job, study, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 36 months prior to the call deadline in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships) or the host organization for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships).
Resubmission limitations will be in place starting in 2022 for applicants that scored less than 70% in the prior year.

Awards of Seals of Excellence will be given to proposals that receive a total score of at least 85% but are not eligible for funding because the call did not provide enough funds.

What is covered by the funding?

The researcher must be hired by the recipient of EU money for the duration of the fellowship.

The selected researcher receives support from the EU in the form of

  • A livable salary
  • a family allowance, long-term leave, mobility allowance (if applicable), and special needs allowance

Furthermore, financial support is given for

  • investigation, instruction, and networking initiatives
  • administration and indirect expenses
  • How do you apply?
  • Scholars: get ready to submit an application to the host organization of your preference.
  • You can apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships if you’re an accomplished researcher who wants to start your own study.

The application procedure

You’ll have to

Create an application in collaboration with the host organization of your choice.
Apply for a funding opportunity through one of the open calls listed on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal.


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