Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Developing talents, advancing research

The European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers.

Explore the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Background: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions(MSCA) fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across border sand exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

Opportunities: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions offer opportunitiesfor researchers at all stages of their career.


MSCA Doctoral Networks implement doctoral programmes,by partnerships of universities, research institutions or businesses including SMEs from different countries across Europe and beyond. These doctoral programmes expose the researchers to the academic and non-academic sectors, and offer research training, as well as transferable skills and competences relevant for innovation and long-term employability.

Researchers funded by MSCA Doctoral Networks receive a living allowance, a mobility allowance and, if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances. In addition, funding is provided for research, training, and networking activities.

Applicants of all nationalities can apply for open PhD positions on MSCA Doctoral Networks. If you are an individual researcher looking for a PhD position funded by the MSCA, take a look at the list of vacancies published on EURAXESS , which is updated daily. EURAXESS is the EU'sportal for researchers. You will find the full requirements ofthe position you are interested in and be able to applydirectly to the institution or project of your choice.

MSCA Doctoral


MSCA COFUND provides funding for regional, national and international doctoral and postdoctoral programmes for training and career development, through co-funding mechanisms. It spreads the MSCA’s best practices by promoting high standards and excellent working conditions. COFUND promotes sustainable training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

If you are a researcher looking for a PhD or postdoctoral position funded by MSCA COFUND projects, take a look at the list of vacancies published on EURAXESS updated daily. EURAXESS is the EU's portal for researchers. You will find the full requirements of the position you are interested inand be able to apply directly to the institution or project ofyour choice.

MSCA Cofund


MSCA Postdoctorall Fellowships are open to researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships help researchers gain experiencein other countries, disciplines, and non-academic sectors.

MSCA Postdoctoral

There are 2 types of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships:

European Postdoctoral Fellowships

European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world to pursue their research career. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships fund the mobility of researchers outside of Europe. The fellowship lasts between2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 to 2 years will be spent outside of Europe followed by a mandatory return phase of1 year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.

Both types of fellowships may also include short-term secondments anywhere in the world during the fellowship (except during the return phase of a Global Fellowship). Researchers can receive additional support to carry out a placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. This placement needs to take place at the end of their fellowship. If you are an experienced researcher interested in developing your own research project, you can apply for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship. You will need to develop an application jointly with your chosen host organisation and submit it to the next call for Postdoctoral Fellowships published on the Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal. Calls for application for a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship are published annually.

EU Global Gateway

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme is part of the EU Global Gateway initiative that connects people, goods and services around the world in a sustainable way. To know more about the Global Gateway strategy, you can watch this video , and have a look atthis factsheet on main priorities in Southeast Asia.

EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion

EURAXESS is the EU's portal for mobile researchers.

Background: EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a one-stop shop for researchers and innovators seeking to advance their careers and personal development by moving to other countries. EURAXESS provides tailored information and support, free of charge, to researchers,entrepreneurs and research performing organisations. The EURAXESS network brings together 43 European countries and 9 worldwide hubs.

The unique EURAXESS web portal offers comprehensive informati on on job, funding,and career development opportunities for researchers of all nationalities and at all career stages.


EURAXESS Jobs is a stress-free recruitment tool where no charges apply. Researchers can find a wealth of constantly updated information on open job vacancies, funding opportunities, fellowships and hosting offers throughout Europe and beyond.

Career Development

The Career Development section allows researchers to plan their next career steps, to assess their skills, to learn about working opportunities beyond academia and to accesspolicy recommendations.

EURAXESS Parenting

Searching for collaborators? EURAXESS matches talented supply and demand with its EURAXESS partnering tool.


EURAXESS Services is a network of more than six hundred Service Centres located in 43 European countries dedicated to helping researchers and their families to plan and organise their move abroad.

EURAXESS Worldwide

EURAXESS Worldwide is a networking tool supporting researchers working outside of Europe who wish to connect or stay connected with Europe. EURAXESS Worldwide has dedicated teams in ASEAN, Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), China, India,Japan, North America (US and Canada) as well as Australia and New Zealand ready to assist you.