Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship (previously Individual Fellowship) programme is designed to support the research training and career development of researchers already in possession of a PhD. Under this programme, postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to undertake international mobility – moving to or within Europe, or to anywhere in the world – to complete a research project.

The RCSI Institute of Global Surgery is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to apply for a Maria Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (Global Fellowship) under the supervision of Dr Jakub Gajewski.

Requirements and skills
The candidate should demonstrate significant accomplishments in the area of health economics and commitment to excellence in research in a multidisciplinary environment. Prior experience in global surgery and/or human resources for health will be an asset. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are also required. The candidate must fulfil the eligibility requirements to apply for the current Marie Curie individual fellowships open call and must be a national or long-term resident of an EU Member State or Horizon Europe-associated country. The applicant, if successful, would be expected to move outside Europe for two years and return to Ireland for one year.

The project
The research will be focused on comparing the cost, cost-effectiveness and impact of two models of training surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa using the activity-based costing (ABC) approach. It will involve developing, designing and implementing studies: a) tracking mechanisms for surgical graduates including place of current employment, with a qualitative follow-up for an in-depth understanding of career choices; b) examining the range and volume of surgical cases undertaken. This will inform novel surgical training frameworks aiming to improve the delivery of surgical care for neglected populations in the region and beyond.

How to apply
Apply by emailing your CV (including relevant research experience) to before Friday, 7 July 2023.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the MSCA Fellowship if, at the call deadline, you:

  • are in possession of a doctoral degree, and
  • have a maximum of eight years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that you were in a possession of a doctoral degree*.

* Years of experience outside research and career breaks (e.g. due to parental leave) will not be counted as part of the eight years. For nationals or long-term residents of EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries who wish to reintegrate to pursue their research career in EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries, years of experience in research in Third Countries will not be considered in the above maximum.

Type of fellowships

  • European Fellowships: Open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in research projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving country within Europe.
  • Global Fellowships: Open to European nationals or long-term residents (more than five years in Europe) who wish to engage in research projects with organisations outside EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. Global Fellowships require an outgoing phase of maximum 24 months in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Mobility rules

European Fellowship applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Global Fellowship applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for the outgoing phase for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

What’s covered?


  • Living allowance
  • Mobility allowance
  • Family allowance (if applicable)
  • Long-term leave allowance (if applicable)
  • Special needs allowance (if applicable)


  • Research, training and networking costs
  • Management and indirect 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. Our research mission is to improve human health through translational and clinical research. Further information on our key research areas can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship with us, the RCSI Office of Research and Innovation can support you through all stages of the process. For example, we can help you to identify a suitable supervisor for your fellowship, align your proposal with the EU and RCSI missions, and design the most appropriate career development plan for your career stage.

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