Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships | DCU Research

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are an excellent opportunity for researchers of any age, nationality or discipline to obtain and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context or outside Europe. 

Key Dates:

Call Opens April 8th, 2020

Call Deadline September 9th, 2020

Dublin City University is an ideal Host Institution for Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowships. With an outstanding track record in research and innovation and a variety of areas of expertise, we support excellent research and provide a welcoming environment for all researchers. Our Research Support Office offers professional assistance with proposal preparation. In 2015 DCU was awarded the ‘HR Excellence’ accreditation by the European Commission in recognition of DCU’s commitment to providing a research environment that supports  the career development of its researchers. DCU has endorsed the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Researchers, and the principles embodied in the charter will be reflected in the training provided at DCU. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows at DCU will be given the opportunity to participate in its Research Career Framework which provides continuous professional development within the research career path. A major aim of the framework is to ensure researchers can meet the demands of their roles and be in a position to maximise opportunities within the University and develop a wider career path.  In addition, DCU’s comprehensive Research Development Programme supports the continuous professional development of researchers.

Types of Fellowships and Eligibility of Researchers

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. There are 2 types of fellowships:

• European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe for a period of 12 to 24 months.

• Global Fellowships: This action enhances the international dimension of European researchers’ career by financing research project to be carried out in two different countries. This action is based on a secondment to a third country (from 12 to 24 months) and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host institution.

Eligible Researchers

• The researcher must be an Experienced Researcher: s/he must, at the deadline for the submission of proposals, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

• The researcher may be of any nationality.

• The researcher must comply with the following mobility rule: the researcher must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

*In the Career Restart Panel (CAR) and Reintegration Panel (RI) the researcher must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 3 years in the 5 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals.

Areas of Research and Training

Any area of research is eligible for funding under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. Researchers may freely select their area of interest and work in collaboration with a scientific supervisor from the host institution. Some suggested research areas can be found below (please click on each Faculty heading):


Faculty of Science & Health

Biodesign Europe

If prospective applicants would like to suggest another research topic (area) that is not listed above, and would like assistance in finding the relevant Mentor in DCU, they can contact Dr Ines Perić (, DCU Research Office, for more information.

Career Development is an essential part of the fellowship and the Career Development Plan must be shaped by the Experienced Researcher and the supervisor prior to the start of the fellowship. While developing your scientific skills with hands-on activities Dublin City University offers a variety of transferable skills training through our Researcher Development Programme.

Financial Aspects

The financial support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie IFs covers living allowance, mobility and family allowance, research costs and training on a flat-rate basis.

Researcher unit cost
(per month)

Institutional unit cost
(per month)

Living allowance*

Mobility allowance

Family allowance

Research, training and networking costs

Management and indirect costs

€ 4.880

€ 600

€ 500

€ 800

€ 650

 *A country correction coefficient applies to the living allowance (115.6% for Ireland).

Note: The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. In line with current Irish government policy, DCU will automatically enrol all employees into its pension scheme.

Further information

DCU Research Office: Dr. Ines Peric (

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Official Website

EURAXESS Ireland Website