Call for Expressions of Interest in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships 2018 Competition

**This call is now closed**

We seek to support strong researchers currently based outside the UK in applying for an Individual European Fellowship under the above scheme.  Applicants can be of any nationality but they must not have spent more than 12 months in the last 3 years in the UK.

As one of the largest economics departments in the UK, with around 50 academics engaged in research, we offer a great diversity of research expertise and research-led teaching.  Our academic faculty are drawn from across the world and are research leaders in their fields. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the Department was ranked top 10 in the UK for ‘research power’ and top 10 for its societal impact.  Our research is published in leading journals, funded by prestigious and highly competitive research bodies, and has a significant and identifiable impact on wider society both in the UK and internationally. 

Research is carried out within six research clusters, consisting of academic staff and research students,

Interaction between clusters is facilitated by a vibrant programme of conferences, workshops, seminars and research visitors.  These activities provide a dynamic environment to develop and enhance research collaborations with academics and research users both nationally and internationally.

We provide high quality research facilities with high performance computing and sophisticated data analysis equipment available through the Centre for Experimental Economics, and the Alcuin Research Resource Centre.  The Research Centre for Social Sciences is the hub for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate life in the Social Sciences at York.

The Department is keen to build on its existing strengths by attracting young scholars with outstanding potential to work with us on cutting-edge research projects that will make an original and significant contribution to the study of economics and related studies.

We are therefore seeking to support high quality applications to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships scheme.


The Individual Fellowship scheme provides excellent financial compensation, career development and training and research support for the best or most promising researchers, seeking to undertake research in a European (EU Member States or Associate Countries) context.

We seek to support strong researchers currently based outside the UK in applying for Individual European Fellowships. As such we are soliciting expressions of interest from researchers wishing to work in the following areas:

Economic Theory

  • Matching and Market Design
  • Measurement of Power and Institutions from Axiomatic Standpoint
  • Bargaining
  • Nash Programme: Axiomatic and Strategic Approaches to Coalitions
  • Innovation, Information and Market Structure


  • Modelling government bonds: macroeconomic, financial and international linkages


  • Factor models for yield curves of interest rates
  • Development of panel data econometric methods and its applications in economics and finance
  • The estimation of continuous time models in economics and finance

Applied Microeconometrics

  • Family economics and child development
  • Labour Economics
  • Child Human Capital
  • Peer Effects
  • Policy Evaluation

Health Economics

  • Health econometrics
  • Health equity and equality of opportunity
  • Evaluation of health policies 

We have an excellent record of success with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme and will provide full support and guidance to develop those applications selected. All expressions of interest should meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme.


Standard Criteria:

Applications are welcomed from experienced researchers only, i.e. you must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years equivalent research experience.  Researchers can be of any nationality; however, at the date of the deadline (12/09/2018), you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding three years. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to by midnight (GMT) on Friday 18th May 2018. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  1. A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship guidelines – see p. 37 of the guidelines available here) limited to a maximum of 5 pages.
  2. A two page outline of the proposed research project.

Please send as PDF files with the file name including your surname, first initial, and document title (eg. smithjCV, smithjPROPOSAL) and quote ‘MSCA IF Expression of Interest 2018’ in the subject line.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance documents on the Marie-Curie website before starting your proposal

Please note that expressions of interest will not be accepted after midnight (GMT) on Friday 18th May 2018.

Selection Process

Expressions of interest will be assessed by Research Clusters in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York. Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered. The most promising applicant(s) based on the relative strength of CVs and proposals in relation to the Marie-Curie award criteria and the research priorities of the Department will be selected. Further guidance and support for the purposes of submitting a full Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship application will be provided to selected candidates with the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York serving as the host organisation.

Those applicants we wish to support will be contacted during the week commencing 28th May 2018.



Thursday 19th April

Call opens for Expressions of Interest

Friday 18th May

Deadline for Expressions of Interest

W/c 21st May

Review of applications by Research Clusters

W/c  28th May

Successful applicants notified


Supervisors and applicants write/prepare proposals

August   Ethics check and proposal peer review
Monday 3rd September  Finalise all details with Research Grants and Contracts Office
Tuesday 11th September  Supervisor to submit application via Participant Portal
Wednesday 12th September Submission deadline (17.00 Brussels local time)

Expected outcome from Marie Curie 

March -May

Signature of grant agreements (max. 8 months after submission)

Possible start date

1st March 2019-1st September 2020