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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and intersectoral mobility.

The fellows carry out their own research project in collaboration with a host institution, which is indicated at the time of their application. Researchers of all ages, nationalities and scientific disciplines can apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) provide an extremely enriching experience, that enhance the career perspectives for researchers by developing new scientific competences and gaining international and collaborative research experience.

Complutense as a Host Institution


The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1499).

The UCM enrols over 80,000 students, almost 6,000 faculties and more than 3,000 administration and service staff and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain. 

Research Groups

There are more than 200 UCM research groups interested in hosting researchers through MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships.

They are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious researchers who meet the MSCA-PF eligibility criteria.

If you are ready to take the next step in your research career look into our university’s host offers.

European Office

The Complutense University of Madrid as host institution, through a dedicated European Research Office, supports MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship candidates both in the application process and in managing the grant.

We offer, among other specific support services, an in-depth review of the proposal by experienced advisors.

Expressions of Interest

The next section include information about several UCM supervisors that have expressed their interests to host MSCA experienced researchers in their research group. If you are interested in one of them, you should contact the corresponding Scientific Supervisor directly.

The web search application will help you find the offer that best suits your interests. Just enable and use the filters (click on the filter icon). You can search by faculty, research area, and research topic to be proposed / description of the research group (by means of keywords). Visit the links provided in the search results (table below) to display further information.

Some offers the supervisors ask for particular documents. If you are required to submit a project proposal or you do not know exactly what send to present your candidature, you can use our template ‘One Page Proposal’. 

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Nanostructured gallium oxide for photonics
  • Emilio Nogales
  • Physics (PHY)
  • Faculty of Physical Science
Grupo de Investigación en Sociología de la Educación (GRISE)/Sociology of Education Research Group
  • María Fernández Mellizo-Soto
  • Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
  • Faculty of Education – Teaching and Learning Centre
Nuclear Physics Group
  • José Manuel Udías Moinelo
  • Life Sciences (LIF), Physics (PHY)
  • Faculty of Physical Science
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Tenure-Track Position for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships?

Spanish universities are obliged to reserve at least 15% of the positions they offer for research professors to those who have obtained I3 certification.

I3 certifications are granted by the Ministry of Universities in Spain, through an annual call for applications. Among the requirements to be able to apply for this certificate are: To have a postdoctoral experience of at least 24 and to have been a beneficiary of a national or international excellence program (explicitly mentioned MSCA-PF).

Therefore, getting an MSCA-PF project is helpful for stabilisation at UCM as it helps to achieve the required postdoctoral experience, and above all, because the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is considered a recognised programme of international excellence.

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