Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Vienna

Why apply for a MSCA-PF @ the University of Vienna?

The University of Vienna looks to attract candidates with the necessary profile to become world-class researchers at the top-rated University in Austria.

Building on the success, experience and awareness raised by the Expression of Interest Programme in 2020 and 2021, the process for 2022 has been streamlined. The information on this webpage will enable potential fellows to identify a supervisor who can guide them in the next stage of their research career and take advantage of the support services offered at the University to help them prepare a successful proposal.

What is a MSCA-PF?

The Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship is a post-doctoral research and training programme in which the post-doc (fellow) gains additional skills and abilities working on a specific research project in a new environment, while also transferring their knowledge within their new institution. Open to all fields of research, the fellowship is a well-defined, 2-year-career stage.

More information about the MSCA-PF call will be available on the call page on the Funding and Tenders Portal (europa.eu). The templates and updated Guide for Appplicants will be available when the call opens in mid April.

For information about previous MSCA Individual Fellowships (basic details, Guidelines, etc) please see Funding & tenders (europa.eu).

Advantages of applying for a MSCA-PF @ the University of Vienna

  • We are the largest teaching and research institution in Austria.
  • There are 15 faculties, 5 centres, 24 research platforms devoted to both basic and applied research.
  • We offer state-of-the-art facilities, extensive research infrastructure and the oldest library in the German speaking world.
  • Post-doc salaries are based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff and paid 14 times per year.
  • The University offers flexible working hours (based on core hours), childcare and language learning facilities. 
  • The University currently ranks 11th among the most international universities in the world and is the top-ranked Austrian University in the 2022 World University Rankings.
  • Vienna is consistently rated as one of the best cities to live in and has topped the the Mercer Quality of Life Ranking for 10 straight years.
  • The University and Research Services Department have extensive experience with MSCA Fellowships as we host the highest number of Fellows in Austria. Successful applicants will receive support from the Research Services Department during proposal preparation including guidance documents, personalised feedback and in-depth proposal checks.
  • As a result of the two previous Programmes, 17 MSCA fellowships were awarded to the University in the 2020 call, and 18 in the 2021 call, the highest numbers ever awarded to the University in one year! With a record success rate of 23% in the 2021 call.
  • Extra Funding for a 3rd Year: The 10 top-ranked MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships (top 5 female and top 5 male) awarded to the University (based on the score given by the European Commission) will receive an additional third year of salary, allowing the fellow and supervisor to carry out additional research, publication, training or grant writing. As this third year is funded separately by the University, the activities should be related to, but distinct from what will be carried out during the first two years of the project.

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