Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF): Call for expressions of interest

    15/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Kristiansand
    The University of Agder
    Faculty of Humanities and Education

The Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of Agder, Norway invites expressions of interest from excellent post-doctoral researchers to apply for Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) scheme with the University of Agder as the host organization. We encourage expressions of interest within the following fields of research:


Suggested topics

Dead Sea Scrolls and Manuscript Forgeries


Provenance Research, Digital Humanities, AI, post-2002 Dead Sea Scrolls-like fragments

Inclusive and Special Education

Special Education Policy and Law, Multicultural Education, Comparative Education, Assistive Technology and Universal Design

Environmental History

History of Environmental Poisons, History of Plastics, History of Pesticides, Environmental Health Issues


Eligibility criteria

The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships provide living allowance covering one to two years' salary, a mobility allowance, as well as research, training and networking costs and overheads for the host institution. The applicants submit proposals for funding jointly with the host organisation (UiA). The MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals are evaluated on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects, and the support offered by the host organisation. All domains of research and technological development are eligible for funding.

Formal requirements1 for the applicants at the date of the call deadline (September 2021):

  • A doctoral degree
  • All nationalities
  • At the call deadline (September 2021), the applicant must have a maximum of 6 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the applicant was in a possession of a doctoral degree
  • The applicant cannot have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately before the call deadline
  • Only one proposal per individual researcher may be submitted to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships call

1Formal requirements are subject to change pending the acceptance of the final MSCA work programme


About the host institute

The University of Agder (UiA) is a major education and research institution located in the south of Norway, divided between two campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively. The university enrols more than 13 000 students and employs more than 1300 administrative and academic staff. Research conducted is distributed broadly across both the natural and social sciences, with separate faculties dedicated to engineering and basic sciences, health and sports, fine arts, business and law, humanities and education and social sciences. The university’s research is and has been financed by both national and European funding bodies. This includes national funding for the establishment of several centres of excellence and several EU-funded projects where the university has served as both partner and coordinator.

The Faculty of Humanities and Education is a heterogenous and ambitious research community, spanning across a broad array of disciplines. Particularly prominent fields are experimental linguistics, media and communication studies, special education, environmental humanities, and biblical manuscripts studies. Researchers have secured competitive grants from national as well as European funding bodies. This includes a research center on the forgeries of biblical manuscripts, and an EU funded project on how European societies deal with their troubled pasts (RePAST). The faculty’s research groups offer supportive and dedicated research communities for MSCA fellows.

The UiA Library offer personal help and introduction to the university library’s comprehensive resources for the humanities and educational research conducted here. In addition to a wide range of online databases that are both subject-specific and cross-disciplinary, our on-campus collection includes extensive selections of children's literature and historical educational textbooks, local and regional history, and international fiction. The unique Ro-collection contains American early- and mid-twentieth-century literature, focusing on the post-war Beat movement, Black studies, and American imperialism and neo-conservatism.

To facilitate the successful execution of externally funded research projects, the university has a dedicated research administration section that assists both potential grant applicants and existing grant holders with planning, management, and reporting. The university administration also has extensive experience with facilitating and administering mobility visits and employment of international researchers – a key component of many national and international research grants. The university has signed the 2005 European Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Charter and Code comprises principles that address all researchers at every stage of their career, covering topics like mobility, career development, research ethics, working conditions and gender balance. By signing the Charter and Code, the University of Agder also accepts that it has to work actively to meet the standards established by the principles, to facilitate for mobility, to establish a system for career development and to promote gender balance, to mention a few examples.


How to apply?

Submit your expression of interest via e-mail to petter.z.marki(at)uia.no including a single pdf file consisting of::

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 4 pages)
  • Summary of the project idea (max 1 page)

Deadline for submissions 15 April 2021.

Candidates for further interactions will be pre-selected following an internal evaluation led by our Principal Investigators. The candidates will be informed of the pre-selection results no more than two weeks after the deadline. All the selected applicants will be supported by the UiA research services in preparing the final proposals.

For more information, please contact petter.z.marki(at)uia.no.


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