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Call for Expressions of Interest in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 2020 competition

We seek to support strong researchers in applying for an Individual European Fellowship under the above scheme. Fellowships can start between March 2021 and September 2022 and last for between 12 and 24 months.  Please see eligibility criteria below.

Note with regard to Brexit (information provided by UKRO): The Withdrawal Agreement (WA), as agreed between the European Union and the United Kingdom, entered into force on 1 February 2020. The WA means that the UK can continue to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020 (which encompasses the MSCA), that are financed by the 2014- 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure (i.e. for the lifetime of grants). UK participants will continue to receive EU grant funding for the lifetime of individual Horizon 2020 projects, including projects awarded and finishing after the transition period ends at the end of 2020.  Applications for projects with a UK host organisation will not be evaluated differently by the European Commission. The 2020 call will be the final call for MSCA applications under Horizon 2020.


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 UK 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 Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships scheme.  We are pleased to state that the Department has an excellent track record of supporting successful applications to this scheme in previous years, and will be welcoming an MSCA Fellow working in the area of Political Economy this autumn. 


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


  • 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

Political Economy

  • Rent-seeking, lobbying, and corruption
  • Elections, voting behavior and political polarization
  • Conflict
  • Economic analysis of crime
  • Culture, social capital, and religion

We have an excellent record of success with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships 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.


Applications are welcomed from experienced researchers only, i.e. you must be in possession of a PhD or have at least four years' equivalent research experience by the application deadline of 9th September 2020.  

Applicants may be of any nationality; however, at the date of the deadline, 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 no later than midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 22nd July 2020. The expression of interest should consist of the following:

  1. A copy of your CV (following the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships (IF) guidelines – see page 42 here) limited to a maximum of 5 pages;
  2. A two-page outline of the proposed research project.  If you have already identified a member of staff within the Department to act as supervisor for your proposal, please give details.

Please ensure that you consult the comprehensive guidance for applicants on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions web pages before starting your proposal.

Please note that applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and we will reply to accept your proposal or otherwise as soon as we can after receipt.

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 who 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 Skłodowska-Curie Actions 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 Actions 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.

Application timeline


Wednesday 22 July 2020

Latest date for Expressions of Interest to the Department of Economics and Related Studies.  Earlier submissions welcomed.

Wednesday 9  September 2020

Final deadline for submission of application via ERC Participant Portal (17:00 Brussels time).

February 2021

Expected outcome from ERC.

1 March 2021 to 1 September 2022

Possible start date (in agreement with the Department).