Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

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Apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship hosted by BLGDRC

The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is inviting postdoctoral researchers from the EU to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship to contribute to its Local Economic Growth research programme.

The Centre provides unique data services and a world-class facility that brings together the expertise of academic researchers, social scientists and data scientists to help organisations to solve real issues. It is hosted by the University of Essex, which ranks in the top 20 UK universities for research excellence and the top 5 for social science.

We are looking to support a small number of high-quality applications under the 2017 call and would welcome expressions of interest from interested researchers, particularly, but not exclusively, in the following areas:

  • Local Economic Growth
  • Innovation and Intellectual Property Management
  • Access to Finance among SMEs

About the fellowship

The purpose of the Individual Fellowship is to support the career development and training of researchers through international mobility. The scheme allows researchers to move around, into or within EU Member States and Associated Countries and, in some cases, spend time outside Europe. The grant provides researchers with up to two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, family allowance (if required) as well as funding for research, training and networking. Full details of the scheme can be found here.

Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree – or have at least four years of full-time research experience – in a relevant social science or humanities discipline. Candidates are also expected to have good problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills, be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as within an international team.

At the time of the call deadline (14 September 2017), researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Interested applicants should submit a one-page CV, an outline of the proposed research (maximum 1,000 words) and a cover letter highlighting why you believe this area of work will be suited to ESRC BLGDRC as the host institution (maximum 500 words).

Please submit these in Word format to by 30 June 2017.

An expression of interest is not a promise of funding or position. It is an expression of interest in making a future application with the University of Essex as your host.

Review of expressions of interest will start after the deadline. Proposals will be evaluated based on research quality, the applicant’s future career prospects and the availability of appropriate supervision. The best proposals will be chosen for submission to the MSCA-IF competition. The applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by the 14 July 2017.

The successful applicant[s] will be supported in completing their application by the scheme deadline of 14 September 2017.

Published 9 May 2017