Fellows, who can apply?

  • Fellows must be postdoctoral researchers at the date of the call deadline, i.e. in a possession of a doctoral degree[1], defined as a successfully defended doctoral thesis, even if the doctoral degree has yet to be awarded.

  • At the call deadline, supported researchers (fellows) must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents.

    Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave), will not be taken into account. For nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to pursue their research career in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, years of experience in research in third countries will not be considered in the above maximum.

  • Recruited researchers must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (for European Postdoctoral Fellowships), or the host organisation for the outgoing phase (for Global Postdoctoral Fellowships) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

  • Supported researchers (fellows) can be of any nationality.

    Long-term residence means a period of legal and continuous residence within EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries of at least five consecutive years. Periods of absence from the territory of the EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country shall be taken into account for the calculation of this period where they are shorter than six consecutive months and do not exceed in total ten months within this period.


Supervisor's experience

In regard to a supervisor’s qualifications and experience, the following areas should be addressed (within the application):

  • level of experience on the research topic proposed and track record of work (including main international collaborations)
  • level of experience in supervising researchers
  • participation in projects, publications, patents and any other relevant results.

[1] A medical doctor degree will be accepted only when it corresponds to a doctoral degree or if the researcher can demonstrate his/her appointment in a position that requires doctoral equivalency (e.g. professorship appointment). Medical doctor degrees corresponding to basic medical training as defined in Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC will not be considered a doctoral degree