Arctic MSCA-IF program 2020

Marie Skłodowska-Curie - Individual Fellowships at UiT


What is Arctic MSCA-IF Program?

The «Arctic MSCA-IF program» aims to recruit and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway who plan to submit applications for independent research fellowships through the mobility program Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) in order to pursue an academic research career. The talented postdocs are selected by UiT supervisors and invited to Tromsø for the Arctic MSCA-IF symposium in May. During the symposium, the UiT supervisor and the postdoc meet and learn how to write a successful MSCA-IF proposal. 10 MSCA-IF projects have been granted UiT since Arctic MSCA-IF program was launched in 2016.

The program is open for all research fields.


Definitions:

  • Experienced Researcher (ER): fellowship applicant, Postdoc from abroad. Requirements are listed at the bottom of this document.
  • Supervisor: Formerly called «Scientist in charge» (normally professor/associate professor) at UiT who will supervise the ER through his/her fellowship. Selection criteria listed at the bottom of this document.
  • Beneficiary: Host institution, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, legal entity.


Arctic MSCA program 2020 will have the following structure:

 

Date

Activity

Responsible

Dec 9, 2019

Deadline for UiT supervisors to apply to the program

Supervisor

Dec 17, 2019

Final selection of supervisors

SEFU/faculty

Jan 2020

EURAXESS advertisements

SEFU/supervisors

Feb 7, 2020

Deadline for postdoc candidates to apply

Candidates

Feb 17, 2020

Deadline for supervisors to evaluate and propose candidates

Supervisors

March, 2020

Proposed candidate evaluated by SEFU (to ensure fit for the MSCA-IF scheme) and selected candidates are invited to Arctic MSCA-IF Symposium (flight tickets and hotel covered by the program)

SEFU

April, 2020

Booking of flight tickets and hotel (G travel)

SEFU

May, 2020

Workshop for supervisors

SEFU/supervisors

May 26-28 2020

MSCA-IF Symposium

Candidate/supervisor/SEFU/faculty/Trend2000

June-July, 2020

Proposal Writing

Candidate/supervisor (support from Faculty/SEFU)

August, 2020

Pre-evaluation of proposal draft by external consultant and SEFU

Candidate/supervisor/SEFU/Trend2000

August, 2020

Input to administrative forms in the electronic proposal system

SEFU

September 9, 2020

Deadline for submission – 17:00 CET

Candidate/supervisor

  

The program will cover European Fellowships (EFs): duration 12-24 months.

How to apply to the Arctic MSCA-IF Program as a supervisor?

Find information here and application form here.

 

Eligibility Criteria for the candidate:

The applicant must be an «Experienced Researcher»; he/she shall, by the time of the deadline (September 9th 2020), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. The ER can be of any nationality and shall not have spent more than 12 months in Norway in the 3 years immediately prior to September 9th 2020.

 

Application details for future ERs:

The program aims to recruit young research talents and the candidates will be selected based on excellence. For most (but not all) research fields there will be a requirement of (at least) one published article as first author in a peer-reviwed journal. The application has to contain a CV (including publication list) and a research outline document (up to 2 pages), which describes briefly possible research actvities the applicant would want to pursue at UiT. Applications are submitted to ArcticMSCA@uit.no

 

Responsible for the program:
Theresa Mikalsen, Research Services and Education Quality Section (SEFU)
Contact: ArcticMSCA@uit.no

 

Relevant links:
MSCA-IF work programme 2018/2020
MSCA Guide for Applicants
UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Responsible: Theresa Mikalsen