Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Are you an experienced researcher thinking about your next career move?

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad.

The Individual Fellowships scheme is open to both external applicants who wish to come to UAL and UAL staff interested in conducting research abroad. The next call for proposal closes on 14 September 2017.

The aim of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA IF) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers. They provide the means to new skills through advanced training, and mobility between countries and sectors.


Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation within and outside Europe. The scheme also supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked in the EU.

Types of Individual Fellowships
There are two types:

European Fellowships (EF)

  • Held in the EU or associated countries.
  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

Global Fellowships (GF)

  1. Fund research secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  2. There is a mandatory one-year return period. European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this can boost the impact of the fellowship.

Who can apply?

Individual Fellowships are meant to support the best and most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.
Applicants must be experienced researchers with a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.
An Individual Fellowship must involve mobility across borders. Researchers shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior the call deadline.

What can be funded?

Individual Fellowships are open to proposals from any research field, including the humanities. Inter/multi-disciplinary research-training projects are preferred.

Funded Activities
Typical fellowship activities include:

  • Training through research under the direct supervision of a supervisor at the host organisation; 
  • Hands-on training activities (such as learning new techniques) 
  • Transferable skills training (such as entrepreneurship, proposal writing, supervising and monitoring, communication of research results);
  • Inter-sectoral or interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge (such as secondments outside academia);
  • Organisation of scientific/training/dissemination events, including public engagement;
  • Taking part in the research and financial management of the project.

What does the funding cover?

The funding provides an allowance to cover the living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to the host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported.
European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years.


Proposals are developed and submitted jointly by a supervisor at UAL in liaison with the external applicant. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the EU Participant Portal Submission System – see the 2017 Call page.
Please contact UAL’s Research Management and Administration Department to discuss your idea. The EU Team will provide assistance for the development of a proposal.


14 September 2017 17:00:00 (Brussels time) – The programme is implemented via annual call for proposals. For further details and schedule see the Horizon 2020 MSCA Work-programme.