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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (2021 Call) – Calls for Expressions of Interest

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of Business and Management welcomes Expressions of Interest from postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record to apply jointly with a QMUL host supervisor, to the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021.


The Fellowships are a prestigious EU funding scheme which support mobility, career development and training in Europe and beyond. The fellowships offer 12-24 months highly competitive researcher salary and research/training funds.

What does the Fellowship entail?

The fellowship should comprise a joint research project between Host Supervisor/Research Group and a well-structured training involving academic and professional development components and a Career Development Plan that shows ‘best fit’ with the School/Department. The candidate should also bring previous experience, networks and know-how that can be shared at QMUL. 


  • You can be of any age and nationality, but you must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the last 36 months prior to the EC call deadline (tentative deadline 12/10/2021)
  • You must have a PhD at the date of the EC call deadline (tentative deadline 12/10/2021)
  • You cannot have more than 8 years of research experience after the PhD was awarded. Years of experience outside research, research outside Europe for reintegrating nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave) will not be taken into account.


  • Gross salary (€90,654 pa*, including Living Allowance and Mobility Allowance)
  • Family allowance (if eligible, €660 per month also paid as salary to the fellow)
  • Research, training and networking costs (€1000 per month)
  • Management and indirect costs (€650 per month paid to the host)

*Note that gross salary includes employer on-costs and tax

All allowances are flat rates and calculated according to the duration of the fellowship.

Research Areas

The School of Business and Management seeks to sustain and enhance a distinctive research profile and ensure a supportive and intellectually challenging business and management research culture, which emphasizes the interconnected nature of business with respect to: 

  1. Societal and historical
  2. Social justice issues
  3. Governance in the private, public and third sectors. 

We would welcome applications for this scheme in any of the following areas (please see web page for further details):

  1. Business marketing, supply chain management, inter-organisational strategy, and innovation
  2. Equality, diversity and inclusion in work, careers and organisations
  3. International monetary economics and finance; macro and development economics; labour economics behaviour, institutions and networks; intellectual property
  4. Accounting and accountability
  5. Ethical and political dimensions of new forms of work and emerging workplaces; ethics and politics of global tendencies in business and the environment, logistics and energy, finance and property, and regulation and governance
  6. Organisational processes and practices
  7. Public management: national governments; strategic management in international organisations; management of public services; regulatory activity
  8. Behavioural finance
  9. Marketing interactions, communication and theory; digitization communication technology; fragmentation of consumer markets; consumer behaviour: cross-border nature of branding
  10. Borderlines: Action Research Cluster in Creative and Cultural Economies

How to Apply

Your EOI must be submitted to the School’s Research Manager, Saritha Divakar ( by deadline of Wednesday 30th June 2021.

Your EOI must include:

  1. CV, including a full list of publications (max. 5 pages)
  2. 2 page outline of your research proposal (to review quality of your idea) including how you are going to contribute to the research profile of the school.
  3. A statement confirming that you meet the fellow eligibility criteria (described above)
  4. Name of a potential mentor for the project from within in the School.  Staff details can be found here.

Expressions of interest will be evaluated on the quality of the research idea and selected candidates will be invited to make a formal application to the scheme with their SBM supervisor(s). Decisions on expressions of interest will be communicated to candidates mid-July. Expert assistance with regards to proposal development and submission will also be provided by the QMUL Joint Research Management Office, EU Unit.

QMUL has a history of success with 69 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 9th in the UK and 18th in Europe for H2020 fellowships.

EC Funding Deadline

The tentative deadline date for submissions to the European Commission is 12th October 2021.

The 2021 call is expected to open in late June and the call documents will be published on the Funding and Tenders Portal of the European Commission.



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