EUniWell’s initiative for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2024 call

05/30/2024 | by Daniel Carrillo-Zapata | Research Participation

Embark on a journey of academic mentorship and collaborative discovery with EUniWell’s leading researchers through the MSCA PF 2024 call. Seize the initiative by applying to our supervisors’ Hosting Offers to become a Postdoctoral Fellow within the EUniWell Alliance.

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EUniWell, the European University for Well-Being, is at the forefront of fostering research excellence and innovation. As part of our commitment to nurturing academic collaboration, we are thrilled to extend an invitation to eligible researchers within our Alliance to participate in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PF) 2024 call, backed by a budget of €417.18 million.

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are a prestigious initiative by the European Commission designed to support postdoctoral researchers in advancing their academic and research careers. The process is a collaborative journey that begins with the search for a hosting supervisor. This is a critical step where research candidates explore opportunities within their field of interest and identify potential supervisors who are seeking to host an MSCA fellow at their institution.

Once a match is made, the researcher and the supervisor come together to co-create a research proposal. This proposal outlines the objectives, methodology, and expected outcomes of the research project, as well as the career development plan for the fellow. The collaboration is a two-way street, with both parties contributing their expertise to ensure the proposal is robust and competitive. The deadline for sending the project proposals to this call is 11 September 2024.

If the proposal is successful, the researcher will then carry out the postdoctoral fellowship at the supervisor’s institution. This period is an immersive experience that allows the researcher to delve deep into their project while benefiting from the resources and intellectual environment of the host institution. The fellowship is not just about conducting research; it’s also about gaining new skills, building networks, and opening doors to future career opportunities.

The MSCA PF call champions interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility, encouraging researchers to step outside their comfort zones and engage with diverse academic and non-academic sectors. This approach enriches the research experience, promoting a dynamic exchange of knowledge and fostering innovation.

In essence, the MSCA PF is more than a funding opportunity; it’s a catalyst for growth, collaboration, and discovery, setting the stage for researchers to make impactful contributions to their fields and society at large.

Eligibility criteria

Researchers candidate interested in co-writing a proposal with a potential supervisor offering to host MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • PhD requirement: Applicants must hold a PhD at the date of the call deadline (11 September 2024).
  • Research experience: Researchers should have a maximum of 8 years of full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date of the awarding of their doctoral degree.
  • Nationality: The fellowships are open to excellent researchers of any nationality.
  • Mobility and sectors:
    • European Postdoctoral Fellowships: Researchers can move within Europe or come to Europe from other parts of the world. These fellowships take place in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between 1 and 2 years.
    • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: These fund mobility outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between 2 to 3 years, with the first phase spent in a non-associated Third Country and a mandatory return phase to an organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of these countries can apply.
  • Disciplines: All disciplines are eligible, including research areas covered by the Euratom Research and Training Programme.
  • Additional support: Researchers can receive additional support for a placement of up to 6 months in a non-academic organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country, which takes place at the end of their fellowship.

EUniWell’s supporting initiative

In line with EUniWell’s vision, we have devised a protocol to streamline the process of connecting researchers with supervisors, thereby enhancing the potential for successful applications. The links to the Hosting Offers from supervisors belonging to each EUniWell participating institution have been published under the ‘Employment Opportunities’ section on our website (please remember to check for updates regularly).

If you find an offer of your interest, please contact the supervisor directly, paying attention to the supervisor’s own deadline to receive applications. Supervisors will then review applications and choose the most promising candidates to co-author the MSCA PF proposals.

The synergy between supervisors and researchers will culminate in the writing of compelling proposals by 11 September 2024, with the aim to not only secure funding but also to strengthen the research network within EUniWell. This collective effort is key to increasing the number of applications and, ultimately, the impact of our research community.

Your active involvement is essential to the success of this initiative. By participating, you contribute to a larger narrative of research excellence and collaboration that defines EUniWell. Together, we can ignite the spark of innovation and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in academia, with well-being at the core of our work.


Research candidates must directly contact the proposal supervisor who they would like to co-write with (paying attention to the supervisor’s own deadline to receive applications).
If you as supervisors or researchers need help during this process, you should contact your institution’s International Projects Office.
If you have questions about this call or the EUniWell protocol, you can contact Daniel Carrillo Zapata at daniel.carrillo2[at]


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