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MSCA4Ukraine will enable researchers from Ukraine to continue their work at academic and non-academic organisations in EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries, while maintaining their connections to research and innovation communities in Ukraine.

The scheme may also:

  • facilitate researchers’ reintegration in Ukraine if conditions for safe return are met, in order to prevent permanent brain-drain
  • contribute to strengthening the Ukrainian university and research sector and its collaboration and exchange with the international research community

The scheme is doted with an envelope of €25 million to be allocated on a rolling basis until funds remains.

The scheme is aligned with the general objectives and principles of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): it is open to all domains of research and innovation, provides attractive working conditions, promotes scientific excellence, skills and career development, and fosters open science, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Application process

Applications must be submitted by the prospective host organisations on behalf of (a) displaced researcher(s) from Ukraine. Host organisations can be academic or non-academic organisations in any EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. The Fellowships will be awarded for a minimum of 6 months, up to a maximum of 24 months.

Funding rates

Fellowship rates will be in line with MSCA Doctoral Networks and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Eligibility criteria

Researchers are eligible to be nominated by a host organisation if they are:

  • either (1) Ukrainian nationals, or (2) stateless persons, or nationals from third countries other than Ukraine, with their primary residence in Ukraine on 24 February 2022;
  • either (1) have been displaced on or after 24 February 2022, or (2) are ready to be displaced from Ukraine;
  • are postdoctoral researchers (i.e. in possession of a doctoral degree by the time the fellowship is set to begin), or doctoral candidates (i.e. enrolled in a doctoral programme at a higher education institution in Ukraine, leading to the award of a doctoral degree)
  • have the language skills required to successfully conduct their research activities at the envisaged host institution, as confirmed by the applicant host institution.

Timeline

  • 24 October 2022: Call opens for submission of applications via an online portal. A link will be provided at https://www.sareurope.eu/msca4ukraine
  • November-December 2022: The portal will remain open for applications until all funds are committed. The selection and evaluation processes will begin. Three internal cut-off dates are tentatively set at 11 November 2022, 9 December 2022 and 9 January 2023. The cut-off dates are adjustable based on the rate of applications. At each cut-off date, all eligible nominations submitted will enter the evaluation and selection process.
  • January 2023 onwards: Fellowship offers on a rolling basis. The portal will remain open while funds remain.

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