European Fellowships (EF)

Individual research stays for Postdocs at an institution in Europe.

An international Fellow is greeted with a handshake by his new colleagues.

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European Postdoctoral Fellowships aim at postdoctoral researchers. At the date of the call deadline, the researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded. Furthermore, researchers must have a maximum of eight years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of their first doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents at the call deadline.

Funding covers a fellowship of between 12 and 24 months in a Member State or Associated Country. If requested and justified in the proposal, an additional placement of up to six months can be awarded to researchers who will spend that period in a non-academic organisation established in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Transnational mobility is required. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host organisation's country for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline.

The application is written jointly by the researcher and their host organisation. The final project proposal is submitted by the host organisation via the Funding & Tenders Portal.

Project evaluation is carried out in eight scientific panels. The applicant has to indicate the appropriate panel at submission stage according to the scientific domain of the proposal.

  • CHE – Chemistry
  • ECO – Economic Sciences
  • ENG – Information Science and Engineering
  • ENV – Environmental and Geosciences
  • LIF – Life Sciences
  • MAT – Mathematics
  • PHY – Physics
  • SOC – Social Sciences and Humanities


Proposals involving the same recruiting organisation and individual researcher submitted to the previous call of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 70% must not be resubmitted the following year.