Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships - Global Fellowships


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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships - Global Fellowships

Guide for applicants -

Research and Innovation Participant Portal -


The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers,  the goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.


The University of Guelph can participate in this call as a Partner Organization, which means it can host outgoing researchers from the EU for an uninterrupted period of between 12 and 24 months, followed by a mandatory 12-month return period to an institution located in the EU or associated country. University of Guelph faculty are eligible to supervise outgoing researchers from the EU under this call.

Special Notes

As a partner organization the University of Guelph must agree to host the researcher during the initial outgoing period and provide training. Partner organizations involved in a Global Fellowship must include (in Part B of the proposal) an up-to-date letter of commitment to ensure their real and active participation in the proposed action; their precise role should also be clearly described in the proposal. For Global Fellowships, a the letter of commitment of the  partner organization (hosting the outgoing phase in a third country) must be included in Part B-2, or the the proposal.

The suggested minimum requirements for the letter of commitment are:

  • heading or stamp from the institution;
  • up-to-date (may not be dated prior to the call publication)
  • the text must demonstrate the will to actively participate in the proposed action and the precise role;
  • Please note that a template for these letters is not provided, only general rules

Letters of commitment signed by the University of Guelph will be co-signed by the ADR of the host college, and the Associate Vice-President Research Services


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a copy of the host institution's application, a draft of the letter of commitment, and an OR5 form to the Research Services office two (2) weeks prior to the intended final submission deadline.

External Deadline

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted by the researcher's host institution in the EU will be accepted until September 14, 2017, 1700 Brussels local time.

How to Apply

Applications for Fellowships opened in April 2017. Consult the guide for applicants and Research and Innovation Participants Portal for more information. 

Proposals must be submitted exclusively electronically, using the European Commissions's online submission service (SEP) accessible via the Participant Portal.  The proposal should be prepared by the researcher in liaison with the applicant organization, which is represented by the main supervisor.  It is important to note that the experienced researcher and the supervisor must be two different people.  Proposals can be submitted by the researcher, however the submission of the proposal (and other actions that follow this procedure such as withdrawl) falls under the final responsibility of the applicant organization, represented by the main supervisor.  Proposals must be submitted before Thursday, September 14th, 17:00 Brussels time.  Is is your responsibility to ensure the timely submission of your proposal.  To avoid being late and missing the deadline you should submit your proposal as soon as possible, it remains possible to reopen, edit and resubmit your proposal as many times as required, before the call deadline.  The last submitted version will be evaluated.  Please verify in due time that your operating system and your browser are fully compatible with the Participant Portal submission system (as explained in the minimum requirement page).  Please note that each year a number of applicants fail in submitting their proposals due to this.  Leaving your first submission attempt to the last hours of the call will give you no time to overcome even the smallest technical difficulties, proposal verification problems or communications delays which may arise.  A complaint will only be successful if the IT audit trail shows that there was a technical problem (at the EC side) which prevented submission. Keep in mind that only one proposal per researcher may be submitted to this call.  In the event of multiple submissions, REA will contact the supervisor and researcher, who will then choose the proposal to be evaluated.  In case of no reply the first submitted proposal will be evaluated. In case of disagreement between supervisor and researcher the supervisor's opinion prevails and any other submitted proposals involving the same researcher will not be evaluated.

For Questions, please contact

Please consult the European Commission Research and Innovation Inquiry Service:

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x54807

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