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We are delighted that the prestigious MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call is now open for applications.

The objective of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships is to support researchers’ careers and foster excellence in research. The Postdoctoral Fellowships targets researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers.

The fellowships can last between 1 and 2 years. Researchers of any nationality can apply. The MSCA provides a contribution of salary costs of the doctoral candidate, research, training and networking costs and overall management of the project.

Researchers are required to prepare the application with a host organisation. The Global Development Institute (GDI) is keen to support applicants from the global South, acting as host and providing a supervisor who would offer support and mentoring.

GDI produces and co-produces research that extends knowledge frontiers, driven by the desire to advance social justice on a global scale. We achieve this by conducting world-class, interdisciplinary, research that critically and rigorously advances development theory. We work closely with a wide range of researchers from the global South and this fellowship would be an excellent opportunity to extend this.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Odile Masiá, GDI research manager, to find out more.

Call details can be found here:


Indicative timeline


  • 23 April 2024: Launch of the call for proposals
  • 11 September 2024: Deadline for submitting proposals
  • February 2025: Notification of call results to applicants (TBC)
  • April 2025: Grant agreement signature for successful projects (TBC)
  • April 2025: First EU-funded projects start (TBC)


Application criteria


  • You should have a PhD degree at the time of the deadline for applications. Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered eligible to apply.
  • You must have a maximum of eight years experience in research, from the date of the award of their PhD degree, years of experience outside research and career breaks will not count towards the above maximum.
  • You should comply with mobility rules: you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.


Applications: Contact Odile Masiá, GDI research manager, for more information.

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