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MSCA Fellowships


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) encourage international and interdisciplinary mobility, providing a range of grant types to support researchers at any stage of their career- from doctoral students to experienced researchers.

The most frequently awarded grants within the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences are Individual Fellowships, which take the form of European or Global Fellowships, and HSS usually hosts more than a dozen such Researchers at any time.

MSCA grants focus on developing researcher skills and experience, and much of the grant management revolves around researchers demonstrating their learning. MSCAs are also managed via the EC Participant Portal in the same way as other EC projects; reporting, amendments, ethics monitoring and financial information is all coordinated online. Sections below provide detail of the grant set up and management specific to MSCA Individual Fellowships.

Funding for Individual Fellowships

Budgets for MSCAs under H2020 are determined on a flat rate costing basis as shown in the table below. Costs allocated to the researcher include a Living allowance, indexed according to the cost of living in the host country (120.3% for the UK), a Mobility allowance and a Family allowance (if applicable).

The host institution receives funding for the costs associated with hosting the Researcher (overheads), and also receives the research, training and networking (RTN) funds. The RTN funding is provided to support the Researcher’s development and can be used to purchase equipment, books, attend training courses or conferences, and also to cover any open access charges for publications produced by the Researcher.

Funding allocated to:

Cost type

Funding per month


Living allowance

€4,650 indexed at 120.3% for the UK = €5,593.95

Mobility allowance


Family allowance (if applicable)



Research, Training and Network expenses




Role of the MSCA supervisor

Each Researcher works with a Supervisor at the host institution; the Supervisor is responsible for providing technical support to the Researcher on their project, and for maximising opportunities for skills development, training and networking. More detailed information of the responsibilities of the MSCA Supervisor is available to download below.

One key responsibility of the Supervisor is to establish a Career Development Plan with the Researcher. This plan should be developed at the beginning of the Fellowship, and content should evolve throughout the duration of the project. The plan should cover short term objectives, focussing on what skills, knowledge and experience can be gained during the Fellowship, with longer term objectives over five years also addressed.

MSCA supervisor responsibilities


For H2020 MSCAs only one report is required by the EC, and this is due within 60 days of the end of the project. Templates for the report are yet to be released for H2020 projects, but will be available via the EC Participant Portal. The report is likely to include questions around progress and achievements on project objectives, details of training and networking undertaken, and will request a publishable summary of the project outcomes.