Are you an experienced researcher thinking about your next career move? Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad.

Types of Individual Fellowships

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

European Fellowships

  • Held in the EU or associated countries.
  • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

Global Fellowships

  • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  • There is a mandatory one-year return period.

European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

Who can apply?

This action is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world.

Only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.

What can be funded?

All research areas can be funded except those covered by the EURATOM Treaty as referred to in article 4 and Annex I.

Mobility across borders is a must. Cross-sectoral mobility is also encouraged.

What does the funding cover?

The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to your host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported.

European Fellowships last from one to two years, Global Fellowships from two to three years.

Who decides?

Individual fellowships are selected through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria as set out in the and its.

How do I apply?

You submit a research proposal, including your CV. The proposal is written jointly with your chosen host organisation(s) (a university, a research centre or a company).

Proposals are submitted in reply to a call for proposals. All open calls and related information such as the Guide for Applicants and full eligibility criteria can be found at the Participant Portal.

Advice and information can also be found through the National Contact Points and Horizon 2020 Helpdesk.