Marie Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships

Individual Fellowships (IFs) are fellowships for experienced researchers (ERs).

ERs are researchers who at the IF call deadline, either have a PhD or 4 years research experience. Research experience is counted from the date the ER obtained the degree that would let them start work on a doctorate (e.g. master’s degree). 

The aims of the fellowship are to:  

  • enhance the creative and innovative potential of ERs
  • add to/diversify ERs’ knowledge and skills
  • provide ERs with a period of international mobility
  • provide both research and transferable skills training
  • facilitate a two way exchange of knowledge between the ER and their host organisation(s).

The application can be based on any area of research apart from some atomic energy research that is covered by the Euratom Treaty. 

The last IF call deadline was on 11th September 2019. (The next IF call is expected to open in April 2020)

Annual calls are anticipated until 2020.  

There are 2 types of MSCA IF that can be applied for: European Fellowship (EF) and global Fellowship (GF). 

European Fellowship (EF)

EFs last for between 12 and 24 months (up to 36 months for Career Restart). They are hosted by a research organisation in an EU Member State or Associated Country. The host organisation provides the ER with a contract of employment for the duration of the project and a supervisor.  

There are 3 types of EFs that can be applied for:  

Standard Panel 

  • ER of any nationality can apply.
  • ER must move, or have recently moved to, an EU Member State or Associated Country.
  • At the call deadline the ER cannot have spent more than 12 months in the previous 3 years in the country that will host the fellowship.
  • Applications are evaluated by one of eight research field specific panels.

Career Restart Panel

  • ER of any nationality can apply.
  • The ER must have taken a career break of at least 12 months within the 18 months prior to the call deadline.
  • The ER must move, or have moved to, an EU Member State or Associated Country.
  • At the call deadline the ER cannot have spent more than 36 months in the previous 5 years in the country that will host the fellowship.
  • Applications are evaluated by one of eight research field specific panels. Once evaluated they are ranked on a list solely for Career Restart Panel applicants. This ensures the ERs are not disadvantaged by competing against researchers who have not had a career break and therefore whose track record may be stronger.

Reintegration Panel

  • ERs must be a national of an EU Member State or Associated Country, or have been a long term resident of an EU Member State or Associated Country. (A long term resident is a researcher who has spent a period of at least 5 consecutive years in one or more EU Member States or Associated Countries).
  • The ER must move, or have moved from, a Third country to, an EU Member State or Associated Country.  A Third Country is any country that is not an EU Member State or Associated Country.
  • At the call deadline the ER cannot have spent more than 36 months in the previous 5 years in the country that will host the fellowship.
  • Applications are evaluated by one of eight research field specific panels. Once evaluated they are ranked on a separate Reintegration Panel list.

Global Fellowship (GF)

GFs have an outgoing phase in a Third country. A Third Country is any country that is not an EU Member State or Associated Country. The outgoing phase lasts between 12 and 24 months. It is followed by a mandatory 12 month return phase in an EU Member State or Associated Country. The return phase hosts provides the ER with a contract of employment for the duration of the project. The return host supervisor has overall responsibility for the project. A supervisor is also required at the outgoing host organisation. 

  • ERs must be a national of an EU Member State or Associated Country, or have been a long term resident of an EU Member State or Associated Country. (A long term resident is a researcher who has spent a period of at least 5 consecutive years in one or more EU Member States or Associated Countries).
  • The ER must move, or have moved from, any country to a Third Country.
  • At the call deadline the fellow cannot have spent more than 12 months in the previous 3 years in the country that will host the outgoing phase of the fellowship.

For more information on how to apply, you can consult the MSCA IF Guide for Applicants (2019). The MSCA IF Guide for Applicants for the 2019 call is likely to be published in April 2019. 

For more information on the programme, please consult the Marie Sk?odowska Curie Actions Work Programme.

Reimbursement

All IF budgets are calculated using unit costs based on the number of researcher months applied for.  

Paid to the fellow after host employment costs deducted

Euros per /month

  Paid to the Beneficiary (host organisation)

Euros per /month

Living Allowance

Mobility Allowance

Family Allowance

Participation Allowance

Management & Direct Costs

4880

600

500

800

650

Paid to the fellow after host employment costs deducted

The living allowance is adjusted dependent on the country coefficient (see p.77-78) of the host organisation(s) involved. The UK country coefficient is 139.8% (2018 coefficient). Family allowance is dependent on the personal circumstances of the fellow. 

Evaluation

Proposals are evaluated on 3 main criteria: the Excellence (50%), Impact (30%) and Implementation (20%) of the research, knowledge transfer and career development programme. The quality of the fellow relative to their career stage is also taking into consideration. 

Success rates and thresholds

A score of 90% or above is usually required for an application to be successful.  

The overall success rates for the 2017 MSCA call were:  

  • European Fellowships: 14.9%
  • Global fellowships: 16.4%

Leeds success rate in 2017 was a remarkable 30%. 

Why should you apply to Marie Curie IF?

The University has an impressive track record of success for IF schemes.  

  • During the 7 years of FP7 calls 47 individual fellowships were awarded to the University.
  • Under Horizon 2020 (between 2014 and 2017), 62 fellowships have been awarded to the University.

Project Management

Post award support is provided by the Faculty Research and Innovation Office and the .

Primary Contacts 

If you have any queries related to MSCA IF, please contact us

The Organisational Development and Professional Learning Team (OD&PL, previously called SDDU) for advice about transferable skills training available at Leeds.  

Please contact you Faculty Research & Innovation Office for obtaining faculty approval for an application and entering the application on the University’s Kristal system.

Key documents

Ethics for Researchers

Fact Sheet: IP Management in Horizon 2020 Projects

Fact Sheet: Exploitation channels for public research results

MSCA IF - Guide for Applicants (2019 Call)