Apply for an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship with RCSI

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral researchers who wish to apply for a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships

Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe programme, MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary, and inter-sectoral mobility. Candidates must apply together with a supervisor based in an eligible host institution.

Types of fellowships

  • European Fellowships: Open to researchers of any nationality moving to RCSI from abroad. 
  • Global Fellowships: Open to European nationals or long-term residents (>5 years in Europe) who wish to engage in research outside Europe before completing a final year at RCSI.

Who can apply?

Promising researchers of any nationality who:

  • Are in possession of a PhD at the call deadline (11 September 2024).
  • Have a maximum of eight years' full-time equivalent research experience post-PhD*
  • Have not lived or worked in Ireland (European Fellowship) or the country of the outgoing host organisation (Global Fellowship) for more than 12 months in the 36 months prior to the call deadline. 

*Some exceptions apply; contact us for details.

What's covered?

A generous salary (living allowance and mobility allowance; MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows may also be eligible for family allowance and special needs allowance) as well as research, training, and networking costs.


Located in the heart of Dublin city, RCSI is an independent not-for-profit education and research institution, covering all areas of medicine and health sciences. 

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RCSI’s mission is to improve human health through translational research. We promote innovative research that leads to improved diagnostics, therapeutics, and devices; tackles important healthcare delivery issues; informs policy and clinical practice; and enhances the quality of education of healthcare professionals.

RCSI is ranked #1 in the world by Times Higher Education for our contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Number 3 'Good Health and Well-being'. This reflects our commitment to supporting people of all ages to live healthy lives and our work to promote the concepts of well-being and positive health.

As an exclusively health sciences-focused education and research institution with strong links to acute hospitals, RCSI is uniquely placed to develop and enhance research for the benefit of patients and to improve human health. Our strategic research themes include:

RCSI can offer you a comprehensive research experience that paves the way for a pioneering life of leadership in healthcare research.

RCSI has hosted 40 MSCA Fellows in the last eight years, and has an application success rate of 47%. To date, 60% of our H2020 MSCA Individual Fellows have obtained lectureship positions, with 23% obtaining lectureship positions at RCSI.

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The RCSI Office of Research and Innovation can help you:

  • Identify a suitable supervisor
  • Draft a competitive proposal
  • Align your proposal with EU and RCSI missions
  • Design the most appropriate career development plan for you.

How to apply

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria described above and should possess a strong publication record (at least one important publication as first author). Applicants will be expected to co-create the proposal idea with their RCSI-based MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship supervisor.

Applications are encouraged from researchers with backgrounds in complementary disciplines (e.g. physics, engineering or social sciences) and an interest in pursuing health research. 

Selection process

Please submit a copy of your CV together with a letter of intent (please include information on your current research interests and your motivation for applying for an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship) to no later than 31 May 2024 for consideration.  

CVs should include information on the following, where applicable:

  • Publications 
  • Invited presentations to internationally established conferences 
  • Organisation of conferences 
  • Examples of participation in industrial innovation  
  • Granted patent(s) 
  • Prizes and awards 
  • Funding received so far 
  • Supervising and mentoring activities.

Please note: It is extremely helpful if potential applicants can identify potential RCSI researchers with whom they would like to work; otherwise we will try to pair them with a potential supervisor but cannot guarantee a match.

Expressions of interest will be selected based on the candidate’s track record and motivation, and will be contingent on their ability to secure the support of an RCSI-based researcher who will act as the host supervisor for the application (the RCSI Office of Research and Innovation can help identify a potential supervisor and will facilitate introductions, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch).