Eligibility criteria and how to apply
MSCA PF eligibility criteria and guidelines for submitting your Expression of Interest.
MSCA PF eligibility criteria

MSCA PF grant usually covers two years' salary, mobility (and family) allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation.

 All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding. 

  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. 

  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in R&I projects with organisations outside EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. These fellowships require an outgoing phase of maximum 24 months in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

  • Mobility rule: applicant researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline. 

  • The researcher must be, at the date of the PF call deadline (tentative 14.9.2022) in possession of a doctoral degree

  • At the call deadline, supported researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree. Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account. 

  • For nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to pursue their research career in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, years of experience in research in third countries will not be considered in the above maximum.  

  • Only one proposal per individual researcher can be submitted. 

The HE MSCA PF 2022 call will open on 13th April and close on 14th September 2022. Further info on MSCA PF call is available on the call page and EC website


Online form and attachments

Please submit your Expression of Interest application using an online form. The following attachments are required as a single pdf file

  • A motivation letter identifying research synergies (max 1 page) 
  • CV (including a list of publications) limited to a maximum of 5 pages 
  • Short summary of the proposed project idea (max 1 page) 

Please note: You are submitting an Expression of Interest to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly with one of the listed supervisors at the Viikki Campus Faculties and units.

This is one way to find a supervisor at the University of Helsinki. In case you already have a PI contact at the UH, you are welcome to proceed without this EoI. Moreover, this is not a job application. 


Deadline and results

Deadline for submission of your Expression of Interest is on February 25, 2022.

Results of this EoI call will be announced via email by the end of March 2022.


For more information on MSCA PF call, please contact Senior Advisor Vainio-Mattila by email.