The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (before called Individual Fellowships) offer fellowships to experienced researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad. They offer exciting new learning opportunities and a chance to add some sparkle to your CV.  

CREAF, a centre of reference in terrestrial ecology and forestry applications, gladly welcome MSCA IF applications! It allows you to work in a first class research environment near the city of Barcelona. We have a long experience in hosting MSCA fellows, over the last years, more than 11 fellows have joined us.

Our fellows!



Gaofei Yin

The fellowship provides me the opportunity to join the world-class research group on Earth Observation and Global Change Ecology. I have full access to high-performance resources and Profs. Peñuelas and Verger help me open new research lines (photosynthetic phenology, high spatio-temporal resolution biophysical parameter retrieval from EO data).


There are two types of Postdoctoral Fellowships: 


  • For postdoctoral research stays in  a EU Member State or an associated country (last published list - will be updated for Horizon Europe).

  • Open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world.

  • Last from one to two years.

  • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.

  • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.


  • For postdoctoral research stays (one to two years) outside Europe for researchers based in an EU Member State or an associated country. There is a mandatory one year return period to the EU or associated countries. Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period in any country.  

WHO can apply?

  • Promising researchers from anywhere in the world: all nationalities can apply.

  • Mobility is a must: you have to come to Europe, move within Europe or move outside of Europe.

  • Experienced researchers only: require a PhD degree – BUT limit research experience (with possible exceptions) to 8 years’ postdoc.

  • All research areas.

WHAT does the funding COVER?

  • The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs.

  • In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project.

  • The grant is awarded to the host institution.

HOW do I apply?

You submit a research proposal, including your CV. The proposal is written jointly with your supervisor in the chosen host organisation.

The 2021 call is expected to open on 15th April and to close on 15th September. The call material is not yet available, it will be published on theFunding and Tender portal of the European Commission.  

To know more about MSCA: 


What can CREAF offer you?

A complete and individualized support for your proposal preparation until the submission:  

  • We provide you the MSCA PF call material and answer all your questions.

  • We offer you a complete feedback and assessment on your draft proposal.

  • We assess you on administrative and financial aspects.

  • We open the proposal in the Participant Portal and fill in the administrative part corresponding to CREAF

Any questions?

Contact us!



Sara Marañón JiménezSara Marañon Jimenez
Proyecto: Stoic

What I liked the most of working at CREAF was the good atmosphere and the enriching relations with my colleagues, which resulted in good friendship and several fruitful collaborations. Working in CREAF also represented for me an open door to new job opportunities, such as the position as an assistant professor that I just got now.

Monica Ladron de Guevara

Mónica Ladrón de Guevara
Proyecto: DIAGRASS

"The Marie Curie grant allows me to be part of a centre with an international projection and a very collaborative philosophy, something essential in the modern scientific system. Besides, this grant provides me with the opportunity to design and implement my own cutting-edge project."

Rossella GuerrieriRossella Guerrieri

The MSCA fellowship was a great opportunity for me to come back to Europe, after my postdoc at the UNH in the USA, to expand my network of collaborations (within Spain and across EU) and to consolidate my career as a woman in science. The fellowship allowed me to develop my independent project and to ask novel questions within the forest ecology field, moving beyond my consolidated expertise and opening up new research paths to explore. CREAF was the best place I could choose:a welcoming, respectful and very supportive environment where I had the opportunity to be exposed to multidisciplinary and cutting-edge science and to be continuously nourished (as scientist and human being) by exchanges with colleagues.

Application timeline and support for applicants in 2021 

First contact: If you are interested in applying, please contact us at your earliest convenience and always before 30 June 2021. We will be more than happy to assess you!  

Proposal preparation: Applicants have the opportunity to send their draft proposal (at least 80% ready) to the CREAF team for feedback. We can also check whether the information in part A is complete, competitive and correct. Deadline 30 July 2021 

Final expected deadline to submit your application: 15 September 2021.  


We warmly encourage you to apply and join us at CREAF! 

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