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School of Economics and Finance

Research Fellowships - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (2020 Call)

European Commission H2020 Funding Opportunity (MSCA-IF-2020)

The School of Economics and Finance at QMUL welcomes expressions of interest by postdoctoral researchers of any nationality, to apply jointly with a QMUL host supervisor to the EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship Scheme under the 2020 call.

The Fellowship is a prestigious European funding scheme that supports mobility, career development, and training within and beyond Europe, and offers 12 to 24 months’ highly competitive salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance and research funds.


Full details of the Scheme and application process can be found at:

EC Participant Portal for call information, guide for applicants and submissions

The call is now open, the final deadline date for applications to the European Commission is 9 September 2020. 

Applicants will need to submit an EOI to QMUL by 8 June 2020, please see the ‘How to Apply’ section for more details.


How the fellowship works

A postdoctoral researcher (fellow) with a minimum of PhD level experience moves to an institution in another country (host), where he or she works with a supervisor to deliver a specific project involving research, innovation, training and networking activities. Both parties must collaborate on the application and the supervisor should offer appropriate supervision and support. Regular meetings between the supervisor and the researcher are essential for the planning and implementation of the research and innovation plan.

Proposals should be built around a plan for training-through-research at the host organisation (Career Development Plan). In addition to research activities and objectives, this should address the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences.


What funding the fellowship offers

  • Gross salary (€89,067 pa*, including Living Allowance and Mobility Allowance)
  • Family allowance (if eligible, €500 per month also paid as salary to the fellow)
  • Research, training and networking costs (€800 per month)
  • Management and indirect costs (€650 per month to the host)

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

All allowances are flat rate, calculated according to the duration (number of months) of the fellowship.


Research Areas

You have free choice of research field within Economics and Finance. However, below are details of the School’s research groups for information:



There are two main requirements:

  • you must hold a PhD (or equivalent), or have four years of full-time research equivalent experience by the call deadline of 9 September 2020.
  • you must not have lived or worked in the UK for more than 12 months during the three years up to the closing date of the call (9 September 2020). 


How to Apply

Please submit your EOI pack to Alex Nowosiad, Research Manager, by Monday 8 June, 2020.

Expressions of Interest should consist of the following documentation, submitted in one PDF file:

  • Cover letter
  • A copy of your CV
  • A 3-page research proposal summary

The School aim to select candidates that it wishes to support for the Fellowship by 15 June 2020. Selected candidates will then be invited to prepare their full proposal with their proposed supervisor(s).

If you are invited to submit a full proposal, please read the Guide for Applicants and call text.  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 62 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 8th in the UK and 14th in Europe for H2020 fellowships.