Below you will find a selection of European funding options specifically for postdocs. For a complete overview, view Pintra (after login). 

Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships are individual grants offering promising experienced researchers the chance to develop their skills by means of intersectoral or international mobility. The projects must be carried out on the premises of a host organisation in another country than the current country of residence.

Two types of fellowships exist:

  • European Fellowships (EF) for postdoctoral researchers moving within or coming to Europe for 1 to 2 years.
  • Global Fellowships (GF) for postdoctoral researchers who wish to work outside Europe followed by a mandatory return period of one year to an institution in Europe. As to the European Fellowships financial support is provided for a period of 1 to 2 years, for Global Fellowships this is 2 to 3 years.

There is one call each year which usually closes in September.

  • More information for external researchers can be found here.
  • More information for UAntwerp researchers can be found on Pintra (after login).
  • Contact: Liesbet Cockx

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) aims to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research. Project proposals and candidates are merely judged on the basis of scientific excellence. ERC funding schemes are open to top researchers of any nationality or age who wish to carry out their frontier research in the 27 EU Member States or in the Associated Countries. For postdocs the Starting Grants are the most relevant ERC grants as they can directly apply for such a grant. Postdocs however can also be recruited on ERC Starting Grants or other ERC Grants by the Principal Investigator.

ERC Starting Grants are meant for talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, who are starting or ready to start their own independent research team or programme and who show potential to be an international research leader.

There is one call each year which usually closes in October.

YUFE4Postdocs Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme

YUFE4Postdocs  is an ambitious training programme cofunded by Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. It will recruit and host no less than 51 postdocs in various disciplines, 6 of which will be based in Antwerp. These will define and develop their research projects addressing urban opportunities and challenges within YUFE focus area’s: sustainability; digital society, citizens wellbeing; and European identity.

Postdocs carry out their projects in full autonomy, anchored in a YUFE host university of their choice. As architects of YUFE’s research ecosystem they will also foster research collaboration with a co-host in a partner YUFE university.

Attractive 36 months positions are offered in all of the YUFE universities following two open calls (the first call is closed). The second call will be open from 1st October 2023, aiming for candidates from Europe and beyond. The call will close on 20th December 2023.

For more information, you can watch the information webinar of the second call.  

Selected postdocs of the 1st call can be appointed around 1st January 2024.