Advantages – Young researcher: Postdoctoral fellowships

  • Learn how to write competitive research proposals
  • Put forward a strong argument to convince the research group of your choice and submit a successful application
  • Prove your excellence and stand out from the crowd
  • Move to a different country and learn new skills
  • Open to participants from all over the world

Kindly note that you will be evaluated based on your project, not (only) on past achievements; in other words your publication record is not the primary criterion

Advantages for companies

  • Attract oustanding key expertise to your organisation from leading research groups around the world
  • Project costs (e.g. researcher salaries, travel costs, equipment) are covered 100%, plus 25% additional overhead
  • Easy budgeting: Based on lump sums (fixed sum multiplied by person and months)
  • Bottom-up: all research fields are covered
  • Multiple projects can be submitted in parallel
  • Luxinnovation will help you find matching candidates

Advantages for public research institutions

  • Fund interdisciplinary projects outside of your main grants
  • Make your own research visible to the world
  • Get expertise in writing and supervising EU grants
  • Get help from Luxinnovation’s experts; in 2019, the success rate for MSCA IF proposals reviewed by Luxinnovation was 42%

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Webinar Training

MSCA IF Support Initiative - Basics

MSCA IF Support Initiative - Grant Writing and Q&A

MSCA Postdoc Fellowships 2021 - Information for host organisations


  • You*: Deadline for sending your information to us: 31 January 2021
  • We: Identification of most promising applicants: Now – April 2021
  • We: Invitations send to potential applicants to submit their CVs: April 2021
  • Applicants**: Send in CV before: 15 May 2021
  • You*: Preselect applicants before: 1 June 2021
  • You*: Conduct interviews, make final selection of applicants, inform outcome: 15 June 2021
  • We: Train applicants in proposal writing: End of  June 2021
  • Applicants**/You*: Work on proposal writing: July – August 2021
  • We: Feedback / reviewing of proposals: June – August 2021
  • You*/ Applicants**: Submission of proposal before: 12 October 2021

You* = Luxembourgish research organisation
Applicants** = Postdoctoral candidate

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