Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 (European Fellowships)

Last update: 10 days ago Last update: Jun 7, 2024


Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Budget: EUR 221,400,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector:Education, Science & Innovation, Research
Eligible applicants:Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities:Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, A ... See more Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Commonwealth of, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Date posted: Jan 9, 2023

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Call updates

Feb 13, 2024 1:13:38 PM


Published: 12 April 2023

Deadline: 13 September 2023

Available budget: EUR 260,471,000.00

The results of the evaluation are as follows:

MSCA-PF-2023- EF (European Fellowships)

Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls):


Number of withdrawn proposals:


Number of inadmissible proposals:


Number of ineligible proposals:


Number of above-threshold proposals:


Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals:

1.055.428.702,24 EUR



MSCA-PF-2023- GF (Global Fellowships)

Number of proposals submitted (including proposals transferred from or to other calls):


Number of withdrawn proposals:


Number of inadmissible proposals:


Number of ineligible proposals:


Number of above-threshold proposals:


Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals:

183.093.782,12 EUR


We recently informed applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

For questions, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

Seal of Excellence

Proposals having received a total score equal to or higher than 85% which could not be funded because of budget limits will be awarded a Seal of Excellence through the proposal page on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal starting from the beginning of April 2024.


Sep 14, 2023 1:20:04 PM

Dear applicants,

A total of 8039 proposals were submitted in response to this call.

The number of proposals for each type of action is:

- Postdoctoral Fellowships - European Fellowships (HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-EF): 7178 proposals

- Postdoctoral Fellowship - Global Fellowships (HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-GF): 861 proposals

Best regards,

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship team

Jun 27, 2023 12:35:12 PM

A revised Guide for Applicants version 2.1 is now available under “Topic conditions and documents”. The list of changes can be seen in Table: History of changes (page 2).

Apr 12, 2023 11:20:49 AM

The submission session is now available for: HORIZON-MSCA-2023-PF-01-01(HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-EF-HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-GF)

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023


Programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON)
Call: MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 (HORIZON-MSCA-2023-PF-01)
Type of action: HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-EF HORIZON TMA MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships - European Fellowships
HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-GF HORIZON TMA MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships - Global Fellowships
Deadline model: single-stage
Planned opening date: 12 April 2023
Deadline date: 13 September 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

For supported postdoctoral fellows

Increased set of research and transferable skills and competences, leading to improved employability and career prospects of MSCA postdoctoral fellows within academia and beyond;
New mind-sets and approaches to R&I work forged through international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary experience;
Enhanced networking and communication capacities with scientific peers, as well as with the general public that will increase and broaden the research and innovation impact.
For participating organisations

Increased alignment of working conditions for researchers in accordance with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers;
Enhanced quality and sustainability of research training and supervision;
Increased global attractiveness, visibility and reputation of the participating organisation(s);
Stronger R&I capacity and output among participating organisations; better transfer of knowledge;
Regular feedback of research results into teaching and education at participating organisations.
Fellowships will be provided to excellent researchers undertaking international mobility. Applications will be made jointly by the researcher and a beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sector.

Postdoctoral Fellowships either can take place in Europe (i.e. in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country) or in a Third Country not associated to Horizon Europe:

European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. The standard duration of these fellowships must be between 12 and 24 months.
Global Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to European nationals or long-term residents[1] who wish to engage in R&I projects with organisations outside EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. These fellowships require an outgoing phase of minimum 12 and maximum 24 months in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.
Specific eligibility conditions apply to MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships in the research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025[1].


Researchers receiving a Postdoctoral Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase, within the overall duration of their fellowship in any country worldwide. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods.

For European Postdoctoral Fellowships, secondments cannot exceed one third of the requested duration of the action (excluding from the duration of the action any additional period for a non-academic placement) and should be in line with the project objectives, adding significant value and impact to the fellowship.

For Global Postdoctoral Fellowships, optional secondments are permitted for up to one third of the outgoing phase. A maximum of three months of such secondments can be spent at the start of the project at the beneficiary (or associated partners linked to the beneficiary), allowing the researcher to spend time there before going to the associated partner in the Third Country. This period of maximum three months will be considered as part of the outgoing phase.

Secondments cannot take place during the mandatory twelve-month return period to the host organisation in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Placements in the non-academic sector

Postdoctoral Fellowships can provide an additional period of up to six months to support researchers opting for a placement at the end of the project to work on R&I projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country[3]. While this possibility is also available to fellows recruited in the non-academic sector, such a placement must be implemented at a different non-academic host organisation established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country[4]. The request for such a non-academic placement must be an integral part of the proposal, explaining the added-value for the project and for the career development of the researcher, and will be subject to evaluation. This incentive aims at promoting career moves between sectors and organisations and thereby stimulate innovation and knowledge transfer while expanding career opportunities for researchers.

If the placement does not meet the requirements (taking place in an academic organisation or in a Third Country), the proposal will be evaluated without taking into account the placement. This might affect the final score.

Training activities

The training activities implemented under the Postdoctoral Fellowships should include training for key transferable skills[5], foster innovation and entrepreneurship, (e.g. commercialisation of results, Intellectual Property Rights, communication, public engagement and citizen science), foster good scientific conduct such as research integrity and promote Open Science practices (open access to publications and to other research outputs including data, FAIR data management, societal engagement and citizen science etc.).

Career Development Plan

In order to equip MSCA postdoctoral fellows with skills that enhance and expand their career opportunities inside and outside academia, a Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the researcher. In addition to research objectives, this plan should comprise the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, teaching, planning for publications and participation in conferences and events aiming at opening science and research to citizens. The Plan will have to be submitted as a project deliverable at the beginning of the action and can be updated when needed.


Aiming to enhance nuclear expertise and excellence as well as synergies between Programmes, organisations active in nuclear research established in one of EU Member States or countries associated to the Euratom Research and Training programme 2021-2025, are eligible to participate[6]. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships in this area of research will be supported by the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025 through an indicative annual financial contribution of EUR 1 million to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call[7].

ERA Fellowships

The ERA Fellowships implemented through Work Programme Annex 11, Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area, provide specific support to researchers to undertake their fellowship in a widening country[8]. This will help spread excellence and contribute to fostering balanced brain circulation in widening countries.

[1]See eligibility conditions at the end of this Work Programme part.

[2]See eligibility conditions at the end of this Work Programme part.

[3]For proposals in the research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme, the organisation from the non-academic sector must be established in an EU Member State or a country associated to the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025


[5]As an illustration, Eurodoc published a list of such transferable skills at: http://eurodoc.net/skills-report-2018.pdf

[6]See eligibility conditions at the end of this Work Programme part

[7]As indicated in the Euratom Work Programme

[8]These countries are aligned with Work Programme part 11, Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area

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