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Scientific career development of experienced researchers through advanced research training in Europe and abroad

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Individual fellowships promote individual research projects of experienced researchers at research institutions in Europe and abroad.

Individual Fellowships are divided into European Fellowships (EF) and Global Fellowships (GF). They aim to enhance the career opportunities of experienced researchers through international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Participation requirements for researchers

Only experienced researchers are eligible. They must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years' research experience (full-time equivalent) at the time of the call deadline.

  • European Fellowships (EF): Researchers of any nationality may apply whose host organisation is located in a Member State or Associated Country.
  • Reintegration Panel: This multi-disciplinary panel is dedicated to researchers looking to return to Europe from a Third Country. The researchers must either be nationals of a Member State or an Associated Country or have spent at least five consecutive years (i.e. without breaks in research) in one or more Member States or Associated Countries in full-time research activity.
  • Career Restart Panel: The Career Restart Panel (CAR) is a multi-disciplinary European Fellowships' panel which provides financial support to individual researchers wishing to resume research in Europe after a career break (e.g. after parental leave, working outside research, etc.). The experienced researcher must not have been active in research for at least twelve months immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Society and Enterprise Panel: This panel is dedicated to experienced researchers wishing to work in research and innovation projects in an organisation from the non-academic sector.
  • Global Fellowships (GF): Researchers may apply who are either European nationals or have been conducting research in Europe for at least five consecutive years. They complete a research stay in a Third Country, followed by an obligatory return period of twelve months at a host institution in a Member State or an Associated Country.

Participation requirements for institutions

Individual Fellowships support research stays at an academic or non-academic institution with the aim to enhance the researchers' competences and skill sets.

  • European Fellowships (EF): The institution must be based in a Member State or an Associated Country.
  • Global Fellowships (GF): Two institutions are required: one institution in a Third Country and one institution in a Member State or Associated Country. The fellowship is divided into a one- or two-year stay in a Third Country and a mandatory return phase at a European host institution. The European host institution for the return phase can be located in any Member State or Associated Country, even in the researcher's country of origin.

Mobility rules

Researchers must not have resided in or carried out their main activity (work, studies etc.) in the host organisation's country for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the call deadline. In the case of Global Fellowships, the mobility rule only applies for the period spent in the Third Country, not for the return phase in Europe.

A modified mobility rule applies to the Reintegration Panel, the Career Restart Panel and the Society and Enterprise Panel: Researchers must not have resided in or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in their host organisation’s country for more than three years in the five years immediately before the call deadline.

Funding

European Fellowships (EF) can cover research stays of between 12 and 24 months' duration, Global Fellowships periods of between 24 and 36 months. Researchers may opt to include an inter-sectoral secondment of three months' maximum duration (total funding period of up to 18 months) or six months' maximum duration (total funding period of more than 18 months). The secondments can only take place in Europe. In the case of Global Fellowships, the secondment can only be implemented during the return phase.

Financial aspects

Financial support is provided in the form of allowances covering living, mobility and, if applicable, family costs. The host institutions receive fixed amounts for their administrative and indirect costs.

Application

The researcher and the host institution jointly apply for the fellowship, but the final application has to be submitted by the host institution.

Calls

Calls for proposals are listed here.