Call for MSCA Individual Fellowship at ARENA

Expression of interest for Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowship (IF) at ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo. NB: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2018 HAS EXPIRED.

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Are you a researcher looking to enhance your career by moving to Oslo to undertake a MSCA IF at one of the leading research centres on European studies?

  • ARENA Centre for European Studies invites eligible researchers to express their interest in developing a funding application for a MSCA IF and to pursue a 2-year research project in close collaboration with a supervisor at ARENA. 
  • The main objective of MSCA IFs is to increase the individual fellow’s set of research-related and transferable skills through advanced research, training, supervision and international and intersectoral mobility, leading to improved employability and career prospects both in and outside academia. 


An expression of interest should be sent to ARENA by 29 April 2018. 

The MSCA IF application deadline is 12 September 2018. 


Who can apply?

  • Researchers with a doctoral degree, early in their careers, and with an original and feasible idea for a research project.
  • Researchers of any nationality, but you may not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline (MSCA mobility requirement).

What can be funded?

  • MSCA Individual Fellowships are bottom-up, and open to all research topics.
  • ARENA will support fellowship projects that build on, or expand, topics covered by one of ARENA's ongoing research projects.
  • The Individual Fellowships lasts from 12 to 24 months.

What does the funding cover?

  • The fellow will be employed in a fully-funded researcher position at ARENA.
  • The grant also provides allowances to cover living, travel and family costs.
  • In addition, the grant contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow.
  • The grant is awarded to, and managed by, the host institution ARENA.

Application process

  • Step 1
    Prior to 29 April 2018
    Contact research advisor Geir Kværk ( with a very brief project idea (approx. 10 lines) and your CV, to establish whether an expression of interest is worth considering in light of link to ARENA’s ongoing research. You may subsequently be put in contact with a researcher (potential supervisor) at ARENA for further discussions of the viability of the project idea. 

  • Step 2
    29 April 2018

    Submit your CV and an expression of interest by e-mail to Geir Kværk ( The expression of interest should be 2-4 pages long and include: (a) a statement of motivation; (b) a brief outline of the project idea; (c) a draft progress plan including ideas for any (non-mandatory) non-academic secondments, and; (d) a brief statement of the candidate’s main theoretical and empirical work up to date. 

  • Step 3
    30 April to 6 May

    The expressions of interest will be evaluated by a committee consisting of ARENA’s director and 3 senior research staff, who will select up to 2 candidates who are invited to submit an MSCA IF proposal.

  • Step 4
    7 May to 12 September
    The candidates who are invited to submit a proposal will be contacted no later than 7 May, and invited to develop her/his research proposal in close cooperation with ARENA researchers and administration (see further information below).


Further information

  • It is expected that the candidate makes herself/himself acquainted with basic features of the MSCA IF setup before submitting the expression of interest, including requirements for the proposal and the project, including possible intrasectoral secondments etc.
  • The selected candidate(s) who are invited to submit a proposal will be expected to set up a detailed plan for the application process and to work closely with ARENA researchers and administration throughout the process, including meeting(s) and seminar in Oslo.
  • For questions, contact research advisor Geir Kværk ( phone: +47 22858860 / +47 99513791)



Tags: European Union, Europe, European integration, Research
Published Apr. 5, 2018 11:57 AM - Last modified May 14, 2018 9:29 AM