Marie Curie Fellowhips provide European placements for post-doctoral researchers, usually up to the age of 35 (click here for further information). Applicants to this activity are young and experienced researchers, and attend host organisations in academia and industry. Two schemes may be of interest for ROSE PhD students who are arriving at the end of their Doctoral studies:
(a) Intra-European Fellowships
There is the possibility for Intra-European fellowships which are open to EU and Associated State researchers of all ages with at least four years professional experience or a doctorate degree. The purpose is to give them the financial means to undertake advanced training through research or to acquire complementary skills at a European organisation most suited to their professional needs. This will give researchers the final boost they need to reach professional independence. Before applying for funding, researchers must find a research team in an EU or Associated State willing to take them on for a one- to two-year stay. The applicant applies to the Commission jointly with the host institution. The Commission selects the most suitable applicants and signs a contract with the host. The individual researcher then signs a contract with the institution. The 15th February 2006 has been fixed as the deadline for proposals for Intra-European fellowships.
(b) Incoming International Fellowships
Another scholarship opportunity is available for Incoming International fellows who should be experienced researchers from outside the EU and Associated States who want to move to Europe to take part in research training. Again, fellows must have at least four years experience and must agree on a work programme with a research organisation in an EU or candidate country before applying. The applicant applies to the Commission jointly with the host institution. Again, the Commission selects the most suitable applicant and signs a contract with the host. The fellow agrees and signs a contract with the host organisation for a stay of between one and two years. In the case of incoming international fellowships, there is a possibility of a reintegration phase for researchers from developing countries and emerging and transition economies. The 15th February 2006 has been fixed as the deadline for proposals for Incoming International fellowships.