Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Vienna

What is a MSCA-PF?

The Marie-Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) 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.

For official information about the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (basic details, Guidelines, etc) please see Funding & tenders (

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

Experience: The University of Vienna provides extensive support to MSCA-PF candidates with the necessary profile to become world-class researchers at the top-rated University in Austria.

Success: Since the 2020 call, the number of successful applicants and the success rate in the MSCA Fellowship calls has continued to increase. 17 MSCA fellowships were awarded to the University in the 2020 call, and 23 in the 2021 call, the highest number ever awarded to the University in a single call. The success rate for University of Vienna applicants in the 2021 call was almost 30%, compared to the average of 13.8%. %. And in the 2022 call, compared to the EU success rate of 17.5%, the success rate for applicants with the University of Vienna was 35.3%. In 2023, 14 Fellowships were awarded, with a success rate of 19.7%..

Reward: The 10 top-ranked MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships 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.

Expression of Interest (EoI)

How to apply at the University of Vienna

  1. Confirm your eligibility – as a first step, you must confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria for Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants as set out by the European Commission. Please see the “Eligibility” information further on this page. If you have ANY questions about your eligibility, please get in touch with us first before you contact a supervisor.
  2. Find a supervisor – see the “Supervisor” information further down on the page.
  3. Prepare your documents – complete the CV and Project Description templates.
  4. Send your CV and project description to your potential supervisor by 14 May.

We expect to have confirmation about successful applicants by 3 June. If you have not heard back by your potential supervisor by this date, let us know (please do not email the supervisor again).

Successful applicants will receive an information email from us, including all the necessary details about preparing a proposal with the University of Vienna.

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 and 5 centres 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, paid 14 times per year and are significantly higher than the living allowance provided by the Fellowship.
  • 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 2023 World University Rankings.
  • Vienna is consistently rated as one of the best cities to live in and has topped the Mercer Quality of Life Ranking for more than 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.
  • Over the past four years, the University has been increasingly successful with MSCA PF applications. In 2022, 18 fellowships were awarded, and the success rate for the University (35.3%) was about 20% higher than the EU average.
  • Extra Funding for a 3rd Year: The 10 top-ranked MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded to the University (based on the score given by the European Commission) will receive an additional third year of salary.