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School of Geography

Calls for expressions of interest for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) 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. 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 15 September 2021)
  • You must have a PhD at the date of the EC call deadline (tentative deadline 15 September 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 Geography welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOI) within the following research areas:

How to Apply

Your EOI must be submitted to Monira Begum, Research Manager, via email ( by the 30 June 2021 deadline.

Your EOI must include:

  1. CV, including a full list of publications (max. 3 pages)
  2. An 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 (including one or more of it’s Research Themes and where appropriate, its Research Centres) (max. 1000 words)
  3. A statement confirming that you meet the fellow eligibility criteria (described above)

EOI Results will be announced in early July. Selected candidates will then be invited to prepare their full proposal with their future supervisor. 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 15 September 2021.

The 2021 call opened in late May and the call documents will be published on the Funding and Tenders Portal of the European Commission.



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