[CALL] Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF)


Deadline EoI: ?

Deadline MSCA-PF application: 11.09.2024


For Post Docs

What is a MSCA-PF?

The Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) is a post-doctoral research and training programme in which the post-doc (fellow) gains additional skills and abilities working on a specific research project in a new environment, while also transferring their knowledge within their new institution. Open to all fields of research, the fellowship is a well-defined, 2-year-career stage.

For official information about the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (basic details, Guidelines, etc) please see Funding & tenders (europa.eu).

Why apply for a MSCA-PF @ the University of Vienna?

Experience: The University of Vienna provides extensive support to MSCA-PF candidates with the necessary profile to become world-class researchers at the top-rated University in Austria.

Success: Since the 2020 call, the number of successful applicants and the success rate in the MSCA Fellowship calls has continued to increase. 17 MSCA fellowships were awarded to the University in the 2020 call, and 23 in the 2021 call, the highest number ever awarded to the University in a single call. The success rate for University of Vienna applicants in the 2021 call was almost 30%, compared to the average of 13.8%. %. And in the 2022 call, compared to the EU success rate of 17.5%, the success rate for applicants with the University of Vienna was 35.3%.

Reward: The 10 top-ranked MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded to the University (based on the score given by the European Commission) will receive an additional third year of salary, allowing the fellow and supervisor to carry out additional research, publication, training or grant writing. As this third year is funded separately by the University, the activities should be related to, but distinct from what will be carried out during the first two years of the project.


Expression of Interest (EoI)

Information about the application procedure for 2024 will be available shortly.

Eligibility & Profile

Only experienced researchers can apply and this means that:

  • Supported fellows must be postdoctoral researchers at the date of the call deadline, i.e. in a possession of a doctoral degree, defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.
  • At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave*), will not be taken into account.*

Mobility Rule

  • Between 14 September 2020 and 13 September 2023 you have not been in Austria for more than 12 months.

If you cannot demonstrate you met the eligibility criteria, your EoI application will not be considered.

You should be able to satisfy most of the following requirements:

  • A good publication track record.
  • Have presented at well-established seminars, conferences.
  • Been involved in the organisation of workshops/conferences.
  • Been a member of a review panel or editorial board.
  • Hold academic/professional memberships.
  • Won prizes or other awards for research and/or other related achievements.
  • Have demonstrable leadership, teaching and/or supervisory experience.
  • Been involved in public engagement knowledge transfer activities.
  • Hold mobility/international experience.