Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are part of Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation.
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As part of the EU’s response to the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, a new dedicated fellowship scheme ―MSCA4Ukraine―will provide support to displaced researchers from Ukraine.
Please note: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.
As part of the EU’s response to the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, a new dedicated fellowship scheme ―MSCA4Ukraine―will provide support to displaced researchers from Ukraine. This support will enable displaced doctoral and postdoctoral researchers 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, and contribute to strengthening the Ukrainian university and research sector and its collaboration and exchange with the international research community.
The MSCA4Ukraine scheme is part of the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The budget for the scheme is 25 million euro.
The objectives of MSCA4Ukraine are to:
(a) Ensure swift deployment of a fellowship scheme for researchers from Ukraine;
(b) Reach the widest possible audience with calls for applications and other MSCA4Ukraine activities;
(c) Facilitate access for researchers from Ukraine to MSCA4Ukraine fellowships and other support;
(d) Ensure fair and transparent evaluation and selection processes, aligned with the objectives and principles of the MSCA;
(e) Ensure ongoing career development & networking opportunities for researchers from Ukraine;
(f) Ensure coordination between EU and Ukrainian R & I communities and facilitate reintegration when safe conditions for return are met.
The calls for application, and the selection and evaluation processes under MSCA4Ukraine will adhere to Horizon Europe standards with respect to transparency, equal treatment and confidentiality, and avoidance of conflict of interest.
Eligibility criteria for host organisations
Academic or non-academic organisations in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country are eligible to apply for support through MSCA4Ukraine on behalf of one or more researchers meeting the eligibility criteria set out below. Organisations located in Ukraine are not eligible to apply as primary host organisations but can host researchers during a secondment arrangement. The maximum amount to be granted to each third-party host organisation is EUR 2.00 million (covering the recruitment of several researchers).“Academic organisation” means public or private higher education establishments awarding academic degrees, public or private non-profit research organisations and International European Research Organisations (IERO). “Non-academic organisation” means any socio-economic actor not included in the academic sector and fulfilling the requirements of the Horizon Europe Rules for Participation.
Eligibility criteria for researchers
MSCA4Ukraine fellowships are open to all domains of research and innovation. Candidates for MSCA4Ukraine fellowships must meet the following eligibility criteria:
(a) Are (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.
(b) Either (1) have been displaced on or after 24 February 2022, or (2) are ready to relocate from Ukraine.
(c) 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).
(d) Have the language skills required to successfully conduct their research activities at the envisaged host organisation, as confirmed by the host organisation in the application.
Fellowship rates will be in line with MSCA Doctoral Networks and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships. Monthly fellowship rates for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships as well as mobility, family and special needs allowances, if applicable, are outlined in the MSCA work programme. 4 A country correction coefficient (applicable to the country of the primary host organisation) will be applied to the monthly living allowance in order to ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity across countries for all researchers. Host organisations will receive the same monthly contribution towards institutional management and research costs regardless of whether they host doctoral or postdoctoral candidates.
Fellowships will be awarded for a minimum of 6 months, up to a maximum of 24 months.