SIF - 1st Call (2020-2021) CLOSED

Science and Innovation Fellowships Programme

First call for applications 2020-21: Opening on 19 October 2020. Call deadline 11 January 2021, 13:00 CET.

Applications must be submitted online and in English. Post-doctoral positions of selected candidates will start in September 2021.

A EUTOPIA-SIF short guide for applicants is available. For detailed information please refer to the guide for applicants.

As part of the application material to be submitted, please access the research proposal template.

More information on the EUTOPIA-SIF programme, and the 1st Call: 

You can contact this address for more information:

For more information about the EUTOPIA-SIF program, its application and selection procedure, two webinars have been organized for candidates: 9 November, 12:30 CET – 14 December, 12:30 CET. You may find the recording of the webinars on the EUTOPIA Youtube channel :

Find the list of researchers of the First Cohort, their CVs and research projects HERE.

Call information:

Who can apply?

Recognised Researchers (stage 2 in the EURAXESS definition), PhD holder or equivalent, of any nationality, complying with the MSCA-COFUND mobility rule. No seniority condition applies; however, candidates cannot hold a permanent research position.

Applicants are entirely free in the design of their research project. However, they must indicate one or more of the programme’s Key Research Areas to characterize their project. All disciplines, and namely applications from the Arts and Humanities, are welcomed, in connection with EUTOPIA-SIF Key Research Areas.

MSCA Mobility Rule

EUTOPIA-SIF fellows must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the selected primary host university for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the date of appointment.

Why apply?

MSCA COFUND EUTOPIA-SIF is a highly competitive programme offering very attractive conditions to young researchers for research excellence and career development:

  • 2-year employment contract as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND fellow at one of the EUTOPIA universities, with a monthly average gross salary of 4 349 € and a supplementary budget for research and travel expenses.
  • Full academic freedom to pursue your research project in the state-of-the art infrastructures of EUTOPIA research centers and in a stimulating interdisciplinary and international academic community.
  • International and intersectoral mobility through secondment periods at the fellow’s EUTOPIA-SIF co-host university and with an external secondment host, which can either be an international academic institution or a non-academic partner. More than 45 companies, local authorities and non-profit organizations actively support the programme, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Extensive training programme including transferable skills development, such as academic leadership, and active career mentoring by senior academic supervisors.
  • Attractive living conditions and high quality of life offered by the local environments of all EUTOPIA universities. Each university will actively support fellows and their families for mobility-related queries.

How to prepare your application?

In line with the chosen Key Research Area(s), candidates must indicate at least one and up to three pairs of host and co-host universities of the programme and the EUTOPIA research group(s) that they plan to collaborate with. They may indicate prospective academic supervisors.

Indicative Timeline

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Tableau sif timeline 1st call
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