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MSCA Individual Fellowships

If you are a postdoctoral researcher in environmental sciences looking for your next career move, then this might be the opportunity you were looking for.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA – IF) fund researchers looking to enhance their career by gaining experience abroad. The Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C), based at the Cyprus Institute, is a Regional Center of Excellence dedicated to the research and solution of the effects of environmental and climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region, a global climate change and air pollution “hotspot”.

By applying for an MSCA Individual Fellowship at CARE-C, you will have the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned scientists, contributing to pioneering research aiming to find tangible solutions to urgent regional challenges.  You will be able to leverage a first class research environment with unique infrastructures, while benefitting from the Center’s expert proposal writing resources.  CARE-C also boasts a prestigious network of EU Advanced Partners including the University of Helsinki (UHEL), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC), and Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA).

Application Information

Who is this call for?

  • Experienced researchers from across the world.
  • Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years of full-time research experience.
  • Applicants must comply with the MSCA-IF programme mobility rule

What can be funded?

MSCA funds all research areas. We specifically invite applications relating to CARE-C’s areas of focus in climate and atmosphere research for the EMME region. Relevant activities could include laboratory studies, instrument development, continuous comprehensive measurements, field experiments and computer modelling of the regional atmospheric environment and climate change impacts.

For more information on CARE-C’s research areas please have a look at our Departments and Infrastructures.  

Types of Fellowships offered by MSCA

European Fellowships:

  • are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world.
  • can restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave.
  • can help researchers coming back to Europe find a new position.

These Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one to two years.

Global Fellowships:

  • fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
  • last between two and three years.
  • the researcher has to come back for one year to an organisation based in the EU or associated countries.

Both types of Fellowship can also include a secondment period of up to three or six months in another organisation in Europe.

Application steps and timelines

Eligibility checks and finding a supervisor
The CARE-C Research Innovation Support team (RISO) can help you with verifying your eligibility and finding a CARE-C affiliated supervisor. Contact us at 

Draft proposal writing
When: April-August 2020
Applicants write their proposal with input and support from their supervisor and the RISO team.

Feedback on the proposal
by mid-August 2020
Applicants should send their draft proposal (at least 80% completed) to the RISO team for feedback.

Final application submission
When: September 2020

For more information about how to submit your application visit the MSCA Individual Fellowships webpage or contact us at

About the Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a science and technology research and postgraduate education organization. It is guided by a renowned international board of trustees and funded partly by the Cypriot government. In the past decade, CyI has become a national competence centre in atmospheric and climate research. It gained international recognition for its regional climate change studies and has established experimental facilities that are unique in the region (for example for the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory which provides high-quality long-term atmospheric observations that are currently missing in the EMME region). Pioneering research conducted by CyI has already clearly demonstrated that the Eastern Mediterranean Middle East (EMME) region is a climate change “hotspot” and has assessed the impact of climate change on public health, ecosystem development, water availability and other sectors.

Find out more about CyI at

Contact us

For more information about doing an MSCA Individual Fellowship at CARE-C, to discuss a prospective application or for any questions,
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