Marie Curie masterclass

Call for applicants 2021

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 in spring 2021. 


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. Under normal circumstances, the workshop is held physically in Aarhus. However, due to the current circumstances and potential travel restrictions that continue well into 2021, 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 2021. 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 MC Individual Fellowships in 2021:

  • Applicant must hold a PhD degree acquired within the last 8 years at the time of the application deadline in mid-September 2021
  • 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 31 March 2021.  

Project and time schedule

December 2020 – March 2021 Aarhus BSS researchers (prospective supervisors) establish contacts with potential candidates for the MC Individual Fellowships. 

31. March 2021: Deadline for suggestion of applicants to be sent to Associate dean Niels Mejlgaard at  

Suggestions must come from potential supervisors and include:

April 2021: Online meeting for all supervisors

May, 2021: Online webinars and materials available (dates TBC)

May/June 2021: Individual meetings between fellow and the research support office

June, July, August: Two readings are offered by the research support office on the application

The deadline for MSCA-IF is expected mid September 2021

Results are expected in February 2022

Please note the formal eligibility criteria for MC Individual Fellowships:

  • Incoming researcher should hold a PhD acquired within the last 8 years at the time of the application deadline in mid-September 2021
  • Applicants cannot have resided in Denmark for more than a maximum of 12 months out of the last 36 months.

The departments will cover travel and accommodation costs for the Masterclass attendees.

Please use the template for letters of interest and send to Niels Mejlgaard ( no later than 31 March 2021.

The Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions support international mobility and professional development. Individual Fellowships enable early-career researchers from anywhere in the world to pursue a two-year research and training project at a European host institution under the supervision of an accomplished researcher. Grants are awarded (to the host institution) based on the scientific quality of the project, the CVs of the researcher and the supervisor, and the match between the researcher and the host environment.

The Individual Fellowships provide an interesting platform for inviting excellent early-career researchers to Aarhus BSS. The funding scheme covers salary and other costs for the researcher, training activities, and an overhead.

The 2021 call is expected to be published in Spring and expected deadline for applications is September 2021.