Widening - ERA Postdoctoral Fellowships (Fostering Balanced Brain Circulation)

Attracting more R&I talents to host organisations in low R&I performing countries

What are the Brain Circulation Grants?

At the individual talent level, the goal of Brain Circulation Grants is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of postdoctoral candidates, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility in low R&I performing countries ("Widening Countries").

What is the ERA Postdoctoral Fellowships Grant?

The ERA Postdoctoral Fellowships Grant covers 1-3 years of postdoctoral fellowships in host organisatoins located in low R&I performing countries.

The grant is similar to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships, but with a dedicated budget to support researchers in host organisations in Widening Countries. Both grants have similar conditions.

Candidates may apply directly to the ERA Postdoctoral Fellowships Grant, which has a dedicated budget to support postdoctoral researchers in Widening Countries, or, apply to the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships grant, and in the submission documents tick the option to have their proposal referred to the ERA Postdoctoral Fellowships grant committee in case they do not pass the MSCA grant committee. 

Type of Action: Training and Mobility Actions (TMA), activities geared towards the improvement of the skills, knowledge and career prospects of researchers based on mobility between countries and, if relevant, between sectors or disciplines.

Who can apply?

  • One legal entity ("Beneficiary") from the academic or non-academic sector, acting as a co-ordinator (host organisation) established in a Widening Country.
  • The legal entity shall apply together with a postdoctoral candidate, expressing its interest to host. The postdoctoral candidate should be an excellent researcher in thier field, and can arrive from any country in the world (e.g. Israel), and from any nationality.
  • For more information on the programme's conditions, including the global secondments within the fellowship duration, please refer to the full MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships work programme.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Attract more Research & Innovation talents to entities in Widening Countries.
  • Enhance the creative and innovative potential of research and innovation talents.
  • Support diversification of careers for R&I talents.
  • Strengthen Europe's human capital base in R&I with better trained, innovative and entrepreneurial researchers.
  • Enhance the quality of R&I contributing to Europe's competitiveness and growth.
  • Contribute to Europe's attractiveness as a leading destination for R&I and for good working conditions of researchers.
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and brain circulation across the ERA.
  • Promote wider diffusion of Open Science practices.


  • Expected EU Contribution per Project: Depends on the number of person-months requested. For the applicable unit contributions, see specific conditions in the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships application unit contribution table.


  • 2022: 12 May – 14 September

For more information please refer to the full Fostering Balanced Brain Circulation - Widening 2021-2022 Work Programme.

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Contact Us

For questions regarding the call and its submission requirements please contact the Widening team at ISERD.