Swansea University is eager to support emerging and exceptional talent in various exciting research areas. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowship will have a deadline of the 13th September 2023. It offers long-term, flexible support, including the fellow's salary and research, staff and training costs, plus the opportunity of a permanent academic position on successful completion of the fellowship. Due to the extremely competitive nature of these fellowships and a cap on the number of full stage applications that can be submitted per institution, the University is running a call for Expressions of Interest from both internal and external staff.

The Expression of Interest deadline is 8th May 2024

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are ‘bottom-up’ individual grants to researchers to support mobility, excellent research and training. These fellowships provide an excellent career development opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to enhance their innovative potential and facilitate knowledge transfer.


Researchers can be of any nationality and must be a post-doctoral researcher with a maximum of 8 years full time equivalent experience at the time of the call deadline.  Mobility is a key feature of MSCA fellowships:

European Fellowships

  • The researcher must move or have moved to a EU Member State (MS) or Associated Country (AC), to undertake their research project and training
  • The researcher cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline

Global Fellowships

  • Researchers from a MS/AC undertake a period of mobility (12-24 months) in a third country and return to MS/AC for a 12-month reintegration return phase
  • Researchers who wish to reintegrate to Europe, must be nationals or long-term residents of MS or AC


The researcher cannot have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately prior to the call deadline. For more information, please see the Admissibility and Eligibility Conditions

It is the intention of the UK to Associate to Horizon Europe and the UK is eligible as a host organisation for European fellowships; and eligible to host the return phase for Global Fellowships.

Why choose Swansea University?

In the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessment, 86% of the University’s overall research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent - up from 80% in the previous REF exercise in 2014. Research highlights at Swansea University can be found here

We continue to be recognised for the impact of our research which makes real, positive difference to the lives of people across the world. 86% of our research, judged by a panel of REF experts, is making outstanding and very considerable impact in terms of reach and significance, at a local, regional and global level.

91% of our research environment is classed as world- leading and internationally excellent (and an increase in 6% points from REF 2014). This reinforces that Swansea University is an outstanding environment to conduct research as a student or an academic, and that our research makes a real difference in the world.

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We work with partners and collaborators across the globe. Our research is delivering significant, sustained, valuable economic and societal impact in Wales, UK and internationally. Swansea University is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment that improves diversity and enables all of the University community to fulfil their potential. This is reflected in the University being awarded a number of equality related charters including a Silver Athena SWAN University level award (gender) and a top 50 position in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. We are therefore committed to ensuring that all applicants, irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, or ability are given full support throughout the application process.

At Swansea University, we care about the health and wellbeing of our community, and aim to provide a working and learning environment, which is free from discrimination and enables staff and students to fulfill their personal potential.

We welcome and celebrate the diversity our staff and students bring to the University, encouraging us to think differently and act differently. For further information about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Swansea University, please click here. Swansea University also has a number of established network groups and programmes.

Further to the above Swansea University will offer substantial additional support to successful applicants. 

How to apply

Expressions of interest are now welcome from those candidates wishing to be hosted by Swansea University. This applies to both internal and external candidates. 

For guidance on writing your application, please see the Guide for Applicants and Horizon Europe General Annexes (page 23). Please note, applications are permitted to be submitted in Welsh if preferred. Any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English (Standard 76). 

We are actively encouraging proposals in collaboration with our Strategic Partnerships for more information on this, please visit: Global collaborations and strategic partnerships - Swansea University


Please send all EOIs to fellowships@swansea.ac.uk

Swansea University will select candidates to support to full submission after an internal review. Selected candidates will receive dedicated support to prepare their full proposal. Applicants must have approved support from the proposed host Faculty.