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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024 call are currently open.

These fellowships are designed to help early career researchers enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad.

We invite expressions of interest from researchers interested in submitting a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA PF) application for the 2024 call with Cardiff University as the host organisation.

Cardiff University allows you to work in a thriving research environment while benefitting from a comprehensive package of support to ensure that you get the most out of your time at Cardiff.

About the scheme

Funded by the European Commission, we offer two types of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships. Both allow secondments and/or a non-academic placement.

European Fellowships

European fellowships are:

  • one to two years in duration
  • hosted at an organisation in an EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country
  • open to researchers of all nationalities

Global Fellowships

Global fellowships are:

  • two to three years in duration with:
    • an outgoing phase hosted at an organisation outside of Europe
    • a one-year return phase hosted at an organisation in an EU member state or associated country
  • open to nationals or long term residents of EU member states or Horizon Europe associated countries

For more information about the fellowships, visit the MSCA webpages.

Who can apply?

To apply, researchers must have a PhD and a maximum of 8 years experience in research at the call deadline.

Researchers must also comply with the mobility rule – they must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host organisation for more than 1 year in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

Contact our team to check your eligibility by email at

How to apply?

The internal deadline for the 2024 call is 29 May 2024.

We invite expressions of interest from researchers who have the support of an academic supervisor.

Researchers must identify a Cardiff University principal investigator as their Supervisor and contact them directly to find out whether they will support the application. Explore our Academic School pages to identify a potential supervisor for your project.

Researchers with supervisor support can then submit their expression of interest by completing the online application form and by emailing a two-page research overview and two-page CV to

Your application will be sent on to the Academic School/Institute of your choice to review and to confirm their support for your proposal.

You can expect to have a response by mid-June.

Apply now

Support for selected applicants

Cardiff University’s European Team can offer support and guidance to applicants who successfully go through the internal selection process.

We can help with:

  • providing feedback on Part A – the EU team can check whether the information in Part A of your application is complete and correct
  • sharing resources like our comprehensive MSCA Writing Guide, including examples of successful proposals and annotated Part B template
  • our MSCA Drop In Clinic – we offer virtual drop-in sessions where you can ask questions about the application process
  • providing guidance on the application process and deadline reminders as well as any other queries you may have

Why choose us?

Cardiff University is committed to achieving research excellence across various disciplines. We are a member of the research-intensive Russell Group of UK universities, and in the most recent UK-wide research excellence assessment of British universities, our research confirmed us as a top 20 university in the UK for quality, impact and environment.

At Cardiff, we have extensive experience of hosting MSCA Fellows across a range of research areas, including Archaeology, Catalysis, Cognitive Neuroscience, Genetic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Sustainable Development and more.

The University provides a supportive and inclusive environment for postdoctoral fellows. From comprehensive support services to mentorship programs, fellows receive the guidance and resources needed to excel in their research and professional development.


For further information, contact our European team.

MSCA European team