MSCA4Ukraine

For whom
doctoral students and doctorate holders from Ukraine
From where
Ukraine
For what
6–24-month research stay in EU member states and Horizon Europe associated countries
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We thank all researchers from Ukraine and prospective host organisations for their applications to the MSCA4Ukraine scheme. By the scheme's first cut-off date of November 11, we received over 400 applications from 28 countries.

Due to this large response, and the high likelihood that funding will be committed on the basis of applications received by the first cut-off date, we will close the MSCA4Ukraine portal on Friday November 25 at midnight CET until further notice. As noted in the scheme’s Terms of Reference all internal cut-off dates are provisional, and adjustable based on the rate of applications.

Please note that any applications received after the first cut-off date and before November 25 (midnight) will only be evaluated if funding remains after the selection of applications received by the first cut-off date of November 11. In the unlikely case that there is still funding available after the first two rounds of evaluation, the portal will reopen for new applications in early 2023.

MSCA4Ukraine

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. Endowed with 25 Mio. EUR, this support scheme will enable displaced 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 fellowship

The MSCA4Ukraine Programme will enable academic and non-academic institutions in all European Union member states and in Horizon Europe-associated states to host doctoral students and PhD holders/postdoctoral fellows for a period of 6 to 24 months.

Fellowship rates for researchers are the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships as outlined in the MSCA work programme (cf. p. 83 for PhD holders/postdoctoral fellows and p75 for doctoral fellows). Since the cost of living differs across host countries, a country correction coefficient applies to the monthly living allowance in order to ensure equal treatment across host countries and purchasing power parity for all researchers.

In addition, MSCA4Ukraine will provide contributions towards institutional costs, such as research, training and networking as well as management and indirect costs.

Eligibility criteria

In line with the MSCA work programme, support to individual researchers will be open to all domains of research and innovation and aligned with the general objectives and principles of the MSCA, including scientific excellence, skills and career development, inter-sectoral mobility, equal opportunities and inclusiveness, attractive working conditions and work/life balance, while fostering open science, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Applications must be submitted by prospective host institutions on behalf of named researchers who meet the following eligibility criteria. Eligible candidates:

  • Are either (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
  • Either (1) have been displaced on or after 24 February 2022 or (2) are ready to be displaced from Ukraine
  • 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)
  • Have the language skills required to successfully conduct their research activities at the prospective host institution, as confirmed by the applicant host institution

Prospective host organisations can be academic or non-academic organisations in any EU member state or Horizon Europe associated country. The primary host organisation (the MSCA4Ukraine applicant) must be outside Ukraine, but organisations within Ukraine can host researchers during a secondment arrangement and in a reintegration phase of up to one third of the fellowship duration.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the MSCA4Ukraine programme, please submit the necessary documents to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online only.

The application must be submitted by prospective host institution (applicant) on behalf of a researcher (candidate). The portal will remain open for applications until all funds are committed. The first fellowships will be granted from the end of January 2023 onwards.

Early submission of applications is recommended.

For detailed information on the application process, templates and Frequently Asked Questions, please see https://sareurope.eu/msca4ukraine/.

What we need from you

Please note that you may only submit your application once you have uploaded the following documents to the application form:

As soon as we have received your online application, we will send you written confirmation by email. After reviewing your documents, we will notify you of the expected selection date.

Advice and matchmaking service

Scholars at Risk Europe at Maynooth University in Ireland will provide individual advice and matchmaking services for eligible researchers and host institutions across Europe:
Email: MSCA4Ukraine[at]mu.ie

Your contact at the Humboldt Foundation:

- Frank Albrecht, Programme Director Philipp Schwartz Initiative
- Larissa Gniffke, Programme Officer MSCA4Ukraine
- Nicholas Jason Miniaci, Programme Officer MSCA4Ukraine
- Oksana Seumenicht, Project Manager MSCA4Ukraine
Email: MSCA4Ukraine[at]avh.de

We ask for your understanding that we cannot offer advice by phone. Please use the e-mail address provided for your questions. We would appreciate it if you send your emails in English language.

Partners

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101101923

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