Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF)

What is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship?

The purpose of the Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSIF) is to provide young researchers at postdoc level from in or outside Europe with the opportunity to acquire and pass on new knowledge and work with experienced researchers through transnational co-operation. Through the program the aim is also to provide the European research environments with the opportunity to attract young international talents through a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

The application format emphasises that the postdoc project is developed in collaboration with and can be linked to research centres or environments at the host institution, and that an opportunity for mutual enrichment and development can be seen through the project.

Formal requirements (subject to changes in the final announcement):

The coming postdoc (fellow) may come from the EU or other countries, but must not have resided in Denmark for more than 12 out of the last 36 months before the application deadline. The postdoc must also have obtained a PhD degree of max. 8 years before the application deadline depending on various factors such as maternity/paternity leave, sick leave, official services etc. 

The MSIF scheme is part of an excellence programme, and a potential postdoc must through his/her PhD and any subsequent publications/projects and research activities have showed that s/he lives up to excellence expectations.

Only in special cases can the department host postdocs, who have received their PhD within the last year, as experience show, that candidates with little experience seldom obtain funding.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies hosts 3-5 applications each year and has received 4 grants in the programme in recent years.

What is your responsibility as a postdoc applicant?

The application is drawn up jointly by you and an experienced researcher from the host institution (a supervisor) with you taking the lead and the supervisor as a partner. Toghether you must draw out the application in the formal forms and describe in detail with regards to excellence, impact and implementation, how the project is carried out, what results are expected and how the project can affect you as a researcher and the research environments at your host institution.

If you get the grant, please be aware, that you will receive a salary which will cover reasonable housing and living costs during the fellowship, but not your relocation. Besides this, you will receive a fixed rate for activities and training elements in the project. Also note, that it is a mobility grant and pursuing further career opportunities in Denmark might be difficult. When discussing your career plans with your supervisor both in the application proces and during the project should take this into consideration. 

Time schedule for the application

Your potential supervisor must hand in an application for hosting your joint project no later than Monday 7 February 2022.
The application must contain the following:
  • A brief abstract/idea presentation for the project (approx. 1/2-1 page)
  • A decsription of the relevance of the project (approx. 1/2-1 page) and how the postdoc candidate fits into the specific research clusters at the department and if relevant other research environments. How the postdoc will be included in relevant research environments as well as how the postdoc can contribute to theese (the affiliation should have been discussed with the cluster coordinator, find more information on this on the website with information for supervisors (in Danish).
  • If the postdoc has resently obtained the PhD the application explicitly argue in favour of the need to apply this year
  • The postdoc's CV, name, contact details, current position and publication list

The research committee at the department will evaluate the applications at their meeting in February and you will be notified shortly after with regards to whether or not hosting is granted.

The call for applications for 2022 is published on 13 April and a step-by-step guide and template for the application will be circulated to candidates and supervisors in May.

Master class for supervisors and postdoc applicants: On May 31, June 1 and June 3, the faculty will host an online seminar, where you and your supervisor are given a thorough introduction to the comprehensive application format drawn up by the EU and through excercises will work on a draft of the application.

August 10 you must hand in a first draft of your application for feedback by your supervisor and the research support at the hosting department. When planning the application proces, please note, July is holiday season at the University of Copenhagen.

The formal deadline for applications is September 14, 2022.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact Research Support Officer Tenna Lyhne Iversen at

(March 2022)