Early Career Researchers Grant Writing Workshop: “How to write a competitive proposal? Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships”

04/12/2023 to 06/12/2023

University of Konstanz Research Support and Zukunftskolleg Konstanz Konstanz, Germany Related Event

Are you an early career researcher looking for funding opportunities? Come and join an international group of peers at the University of Konstanz this December and learn to write a competitive research proposal for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding opportunities!

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The Zukunftskolleg Konstanz and the University of Konstanz Research Support are delighted to invite you to our upcoming workshop, dedicated to writing successful applications for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA PF). This workshop presents an excellent opportunity to enhance your prospects of securing funding and to identify potential hosts. The event will be hosted at the University of Konstanz.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be equipped with the essential tools and know-how necessary to prepare a competitive MSCA PF proposal submission. You will gain valuable insights into grant application writing through the prestigious Marie Curie Actions funding scheme. Furthermore, these insights are transferable to other highly competitive programs, calls, and grant applications within the European Research Area.

This workshop will be open to international fellows form the Zukunftskolleg and the Konstanz Clusters of Excellence (“Politics and Inequality” and “Collective behavior”), primarily ZUKOnnect and HERZ fellows form Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as selected early career researchers from EUniWell universities. Don't miss this chance to boost your MSCA PF application skills and network with peers from around the world. We look forward to your participation!

How to apply?

To facilitate meaningful interaction and productive dialogue, we have set a maximum limit of 25 participants for the workshop. Consequently, we kindly request that you submit the following documents by 8 November 2023 to forschungssupport[at]uni-konstanz.de, with the subject line: MSCA PF Workshop.

  1. Your CV.
  2. A concise description of your research area (if available, please include your potential host institution and the name of your host).
  3. A short statement of motivation for your participation in the workshop (max. 1 page).


  • Monday, 4 December, 12:00-17:00 CET
  • Tuesday, 5 December, 09:00-16:30 CET
  • Wednesday, 6 December, 09:00-13:00 CET

Preliminary Programme:

Day 1: Monday, 4 December 2023:

  • Welcome Lunch
  • Introduction & Basic Facts
  • Key Aspects of the Proposal (Part B: Excellence Criterion)
  • Conclusion & End of Day

Day 2: Tuesday, 5 December 2023:

  • Key Aspects of the Proposal (Part B: Impact Criterion)
  • Key Aspects of the Proposal (Part B: Implementation Criterion)
  • Lunch
  • The Next Steps
  • Conclusion & End of Day

Day 3: Wednesday, 6 December 2023:

  • Presentations of / Q&A with successful MSCA postdoctoral fellows
  • Presentations of / Q&A with MSCA evaluators
  • Optional: Meeting your host
  • Lunch & departure

A more detailed programme will be sent to the participants who have been accepted.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA PFs) target postdocs (with no more than 8 years of experience after the completion of their PhD) who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills, develop their careers and improve employability by gaining experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors. These postdoctoral fellowships spread excellence in research and they are based on knowledge transfer between fellows and their host(s), with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity and intersectoral experience. MSCA PFs allow candidates to extend their international network as well as to enhance their professional reputation as a researcher. On the other hand, hosting an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow allows established group leaders to work with the most brilliant postdocs in their field that bring additional expertise to the research group.

There are two types of MSCA PF:

  • European Fellowships (EF):
    • cover mobility within or to Europe (12-24 months)
    • open to researchers of any nationality
  • Global Fellowship (GF):
    • cover mobility from Europe to outside Europe (12-24 months), followed by a mandatory return phase to Europe (12 months)
    • open to researchers who are European nationals or long-term residents in Europe

Interested researchers submit an application together with a host organisation, which can be a university, research institution, or other organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.


Further information

The workshop will be organised on-site at Konstanz University. There is no participation fee for participants from EUniWell partner universities. If you are not a member of the University of Konstanz, please contact your home EUniWell university for information regarding funding for travel and accommodation costs.

Travelling to Konstanz:

For international travels by train, please travel via Offenburg, Stuttgart or Zurich to Konstanz, e.g. using Interrail (https://www.interrail.eu/en). There are also long distance connections via Flixbus (https://www.flixbus.de). 

If you plan to travel by plane, the recommended destination airport is Zurich in Switzerland, which is approximately a 1-hour car drive (please note the road toll) or a 1-hour journey by train/bus to Konstanz. An alternative option is Stuttgart airport, which is approximately a 2.5-hour car drive or a 3-hour journey by train/bus to Konstanz. For a comprehensive overview of travel options and a campus map, you can visit the following link: https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/university/about-the-university-of-konstanz/travel-and-campus-map/


Various budget categories are available: https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/event-and-conference-management/event-and-conference-management/accommodation/

Getting around Konstanz:

You can navigate Konstanz using various modes of transportation, including buses, ships, trains, cars, taxis, bikes, and either with a ticket or a rented vehicle: https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/welcome-centre/life-in-konstanz/getting-around-konstanz 



Josefine Honke, Research Support University of Konstanz, forschungssupport[at]uni-konstanz.de