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EU makes over €680m available for PhDs and postdocs

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Budgets increased across all four major Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions schemes for 2022

The EU has opened two calls worth more than €680 million for running doctoral training programmes and for international postdoctoral fellowships.

The Doctoral Networks and Postdoctoral Fellowships schemes come under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, which supports training, skills and career development for researchers. Overall, MSCA has a budget totalling €6.6 billion over 2021-27 through the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

The 2022 calls, opening on 12 May, have a larger budget than in 2021, when they were worth a combined total of €645m.

The Doctoral Networks call has a budget of €427m for supporting training programmes in academia, industry and other sectors. The Postdoctoral Fellowships call has a budget of €257m for supporting early career researchers from any nationality to move to an EU member state or Horizon Europe country, or for researchers from EU member states or Horizon Europe countries to move globally.

Calls in two further MSCA schemes, which have also gone up in value in 2022, will open in October, supporting research staff exchanges and co-financing of doctoral programmes and postdoctoral fellowship schemes.