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Research Fellowships - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (2021 Call)

European Commission Horizon Europe Funding Opportunity

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

The School of Economics and Finance 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.

 

What does the fellowship offer?

The Fellowship is a prestigious EU funding scheme which supports mobility, career development and training in Europe and beyond. The fellowship offers a 12-24 months’ highly competitive salary and research/training funds.

 

About SEF and QMUL

SEF is one of the leading UK Economics and Finance departments, with more than 40 research active faculty, and a vibrant community of PhD students involved in world class research in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, econometrics, empirical and theoretical finance. Located in London’s thriving East End, at Mile End campus and the doorsteps of the City, the School is hosted in state-of-the-art facilities in the New Graduate Centre.

The UK’s most inclusive Russell Group University according to The Times, Queen Mary is a multi-faculty university with over 28,000 students, 4,400 members of staff and 5 campuses scattered around London. QMUL has a strong history of success with the MSCA Fellowship scheme, with 69 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 9th in the UK and 18th in Europe for H2020 fellowships.

 

What does the Fellowship entail?

The fellowship will comprise a joint research project between the applicant and the Host Supervisor/Research Group. Fellows will be an integral part of and expected to fully participate to the academic life of the School. The fellowship will offer well-structured training involving academic and development components, including placement assistance via the international job market. SEF offers a stimulating and supportive research environment to the fellow, with excellent researcher training and a lively seminar programme, while the candidate should bring previous experience, networks and know-how that can be shared at QMUL. 

The School welcomes applications in all areas of expertise. Though for the 2021 call, the School of Economics & Finance is particularly welcoming expressions of interest for the following research topics:

 

Eligibility

Applicants:

  • Can be of any age and nationality, but must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the last 36 months prior to the EC call deadline (12/10/2021)
  • Must hold a PhD at the date of the EC call deadline (12/10/2021)
  • 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 considered.

 

Funding

  • 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 (€1.000 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.

 

How to Apply

This is a two-step process. Candidates will be internally selected by the School. Selected candidates will then develop a research proposal jointly with the assigned supervisor(s) for submission to the European Commission.

 

Internal QMUL deadline

Expression of interest for the first step must be submitted to the School Research Manager, Alex Nowosiad (a.nowosiad@qmul.ac.uk), by 5pm Friday 30 July 2021. The EOI must include:

  1. CV, including a full list of publications (max. two pages)
  2. A research proposal (max. 4 pages)
  3. A statement confirming that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria (described above)

The School will aim to announce EOI Results by Friday 6 August 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to prepare their full proposal with their prospective supervisor.

Expert assistance with the proposal development and submission will also be provided by the QMUL Joint Research Management Office, EU Unit.

 

EC Funding Deadline

The deadline date for submissions to the European Commission is 12 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.

 

Indicative fellowship timeline

  • 22 June 2021: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 12 October 2021: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • February 2022: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • May 2022: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • April 2022: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)