Marie Curie masterclass

Call for applicants 2023

Aarhus BSS encourages senior academics across all departments to consider reaching out to highly qualified early-career researchers (postdocs) in their international networks and invite them to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Master Class (MSCA) in spring 2023.  

The purpose of the Master Classes is to attract European Fellowships to Aarhus BSS through the Marie Sklodowska Curie programme. 

An important factor for success is the match between the project, the applicant and the host research environment. The Master Classes will provide potential applicants and supervisors with the opportunity to meet and discuss the research project. In addition, applicants will be given help and guidance with their application. The workshop will be held online.

Since Marie Curie actions are a career development programme, it is vital for the success of an application that the match is well developed and explained between the applicant, the research environment and the supervisor. To foster and develop this relationship, supervisors are expected to take active part in the development of the application, and, if possible, introduce the applicant to the local research environment during spring and summer 2023. If travel opportunities arise, it will be possible to arrange site visits on an individual basis. 

Proposals need to satisfy the following criteria:

  • High quality candidates relative to career stage
  • Potential to deliver long term impact on the candidate's career
  • Potential for significant research impact
  • Balanced combination of research and complementary skills training
  • High quality supervisor and host organisation

Expected eligibility criteria for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2023:

  • Applicant must hold a PhD degree acquired within the last 8 years at the time of the application deadline in mid-September 2023
  • Applicants cannot have resided in Denmark for more than a maximum of 12 months out of the last 36 months

Suggestion of candidates

Supervisors are encouraged to search for talented candidates in their international networks and send in suggestions for candidates no later than 12 April 2023.

Project and time schedule

December 2022 – April 2023 Aarhus BSS researchers (prospective supervisors) establish contacts with potential candidates for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships. 

12 April 2023: Deadline for suggestion of applicants to be sent to Lone Sannemann Jacobsen at

Suggestions must come from potential supervisors and include:

  • Short motivation/argument of the candidates potential for an MSCA-IF (please use the template)
  • CV of the candidate

Masterclass content and time schedule

10 May 2023: Information webinar for supervisors

16 May 2023: Main webinar: Detailed information on call criteria and how to write a competitive proposal and experiences from succesful grantee. 

17 May 2023: Webinar: Experiences from MSCA PF evaluator. 

24 May 2023: Q&A-session for canddates 

5 June 2023: Deadline for MSCA application synopsis as preparation for the kick-off meeting. 

8 - 23 June 2023: Kick-off meetings between candidate, supervisor and RSO (Research Support Office)

19 June - 2 September 2023: RSO (Research Support Office) review fully drafted proposals. 

The deadline for MSCA-PF is expected mid September 2023

Results are expected in February 2024


Lone Sannemann Jacobsen

Head of International Accreditation

Please note the formal eligibility criteria for MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships:

  • Incoming researcher should hold a PhD acquired within the last 8 years at the time of the application deadline in mid-September 2023
  • Applicants cannot have resided in Denmark for more than a maximum of 12 months out of the last 36 months.

Please use the template for letters of interest and send to Lone Sannemann Jacobsen ( no later than 12 April 2023.