Global Fellowships (GF)

Individual research stays for Postdocs at an institution in a Third Country with a subsequent obligatory return phase to Europe.

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Global Fellowships aim at postdoctoral researchers. At the date of the call deadline, the researcher 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 possession of their first doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents at the call deadline.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships consist of an outgoing phase of between 12 and 24 months duration at a partner organisation in a Third Country and a mandatory return phase at a host organisation 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.

Postdoctoral researchers who are nationals of a Member State or Associated Country or who have spent a period of at least five consecutive years (periods of absence are taken into account where they are shorter than six consecutive months and do not exceed in total ten months within this period of five years) in one or more Member States or Associated Countries in full-time research activity are eligible.

The project proposal requires two host organisations: one in a Third Country and the other one in a Member State or Associated Country. The mobility rule applies to the stay in the Third Country: The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Third Country where the initial outgoing phase takes place for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline.

The contracting party (beneficiary) with the European Commission / Research Executive Agency (REA) is the host organisation in the Member State or Associated Country.

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 for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships also the associated partner hosting the outgoing phase) 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.