Marie Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)

The MSCA Individual Fellowships scheme under Horizon 2020 is now called MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe.

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PFs) are fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers.  At the call deadline will be in  possession of a doctoral degree, including successfully defended doctoral theses, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.

The aims of PFs are to:

  • Enhance the creative and innovative potential of postdoctoral researchers.
  • Add to/diversify the knowledge and skills of researchers.
  • Provide researchers with a period of international mobility.
  • Provide both research and transferable skills training.
  • Facilitate a two-way exchange of knowledge between the researchers 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 EUROTOM Treaty.

Who can apply?

At the deadline, applicants must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research. This is measured from the date that the researcher was in possession of a doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents.

Researchers can be of any nationality. However, researchers going to a third country (See ‘Global Postdoctoral Fellowship’) or who wish apply to the Reintegration panel (to reintegrate back into Europe after significant time spent in a third country), must be nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States (MS) or Horizon Europe Associated Countries (AC).

The next PF call for proposals will open on 12 April 2023 with a deadline of 13 September 2023.

Please note that the EC has confirmed that the UK will be able to take part in the first Horizon Europe calls, before UK association is signed. This includes the MSCA calls. For further information on the next EU framework programme and UK participation, please consult our Horizon Europe page.

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There are two types of MSCA PF that can be applied for:

European Postdoctoral Fellowship (EF)

EFs must last between 12 and 24 months. They are hosted by a research organisation in a MS or AC. The host organisation provides the researchers with a contract of employment for the duration of the project and a supervisor.


  • Researchers of any nationality can apply. Researchers who are wishing to reintegrate from a third country, must be a national or long-term resident of an EU MS or AC. (A long-term resident is a researcher who has spent a period of at least five consecutive years in one or more MS or AC).
  • At the call deadline the researcher cannot have spent more than 12 months in the previous three years in the country that will host the fellowship.
  • Researchers who are wishing to move to the EU from a third country, must have a direct mobility to a MS or AC within the last 12 months before the call deadline.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowship (GF)

GFs must last between 24 and 36 months. GFs have an outgoing phase in a Third Country. A Third Country is any country that is not an MS or AC. The outgoing phase lasts between 12 and 24 months.

The outgoing phase is followed by a mandatory 12 month return phase in an EU Member State or Associated Country. The return phase hosts provide the researcher 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.

  • Researchers must be a national of an MS or AC 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 five consecutive years in one or more EU Member States or Associated Countries).
  • Researcher must move, or have moved from, any country to a Third Country.
  • At the call deadline researcher cannot have spent more than 12 months in the previous three years in the country that will host the outgoing phase of the fellowship.


How to apply?

For more information on how to apply, please consult the MSCA PF Guide for Applicants for the 2022 call (coming soon) Call documents are also available on the MSCA PF 2022 call page.

For more information on the programme, please consult the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Work Programme.


All PF 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

(if applicable)

Long-term leave allowance (if applicable)


Special needs allowance
(if applicable)
Participation allowance (research, training and networking costs) Management & direct costs
EUR 5080 EUR 600 EUR 660 EUR 5 680 x % covered by the beneficiary


Requested unit x (1/number of months)


EUR 100 EUR 650

The living allowance is adjusted dependent on the country coefficient (see p.105-106) of the host organisation(s) involved. The UK country coefficient is 136.9%. 

Family allowance is dependent on the personal circumstances of the fellow (whether the researcher has family obligations or acquires family obligations during the action duration)

The long-term leave allowance contributes to the beneficiary’s pay obligations related to researchers’ leave, including maternity, paternity, parental, sick or special leave, longer than 30 consecutive days.

Special needs allowance contributes to the additional costs of researchers with disabilities.

Evaluation, thresholds and success rates

Proposals are evaluated on three 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 taken into consideration.

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

The success rates for the 2020 IF MSCA calls were:

  • IF – Overall Scheme:  14.3%
  • IF – European Fellowships:  15.7%
  • IF – Global fellowships: 16.2%

Leeds IF success rate was 17% in 2020.

Why  should you apply to Marie Curie IF?

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

  • During the seven years of FP7 calls, 53 individual fellowships have been awarded to the University.
  • Under Horizon 2020 (between 2014 and 2019), 95 fellowships have been awarded to the University.

Support Available

If you wish to apply or have any queries related to MSCA IF, please contact the pre-award team. For more information on the support you can receive from our team, please consult our EU Funding brochure and Preparing an EU proposal page.

Links to the webinars dedicated to the MSCA IF call, organised either by UKRO or the EU Team, are available on our Events page.

For advice about transferable skills training available at Leeds, contact the Organisational Development and Professional Learning Team (OD&PL)

To obtain Faculty approval for an application and to enter the application on the Kristal system, contact your Faculty Research & Innovation Office.