MSCA Doctoral Networks

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Networks

The European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers

The MSCA are based on the principle of physical mobility: researchers who receive funding have to move from one country to another to acquire new knowledge, skills and competences, and develop their research career. Researchers are also strongly encouraged to move between sectors and disciplines.

MSCA Doctoral Networks aim

The MSCA Doctoral Networks aim to train creative, entrepreneurial, innovative and resilient doctoral candidates, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
The MSCA Doctoral Networks will raise the attractiveness and excellence of doctoral training in Europe. They will equip researchers with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences and provide them with enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.

MSCA Doctoral Network funding doctoral candidates

The duration of each fellowship is 36 months. Researchers funded by Doctoral Networks

  • must not have a doctoral degree at the date of their recruitment,
  • can be of any nationality,
  • should be enrolled in a doctoral programme during the project,
  • should comply with the mobility rules: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

The EU provides support for each recruited researcher in the form of

  • a living allowance (~3400€ gross amount per month depending on the country of recruitment : a country correction coefficient applies to the living allowance in order to ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity for all researchers. The living allowance includes compulsory deductions under national law, such as employer and employee social security contributions and direct taxes.),
  • a mobility allowance,
  • if applicable, family, long-term leave and special needs allowances.

For more details download MSCA DOCTORAL NETWORK ALLOWANCE document.

Apply for PhD vacancies funded by MSCA Doctoral Networks projects

If you are a researcher looking for a PhD position funded by MSCA Doctoral Networks projects, take a look at the list of vacancies published on EURAXESS updated daily.

EURAXESS is the EU's portal for researchers. You will

  • find the full requirements of the position you are interested in,
  • be able to apply directly to the institution or project of your choice,
  • find advice about visas, pensions, taxation, recognition of qualifications and other issues related to working as a researcher abroad.

For more information visit Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions page on how to apply.

Click here to visit our list of PhD project offers.

Click here to know how to apply to Pharm-ERA.

Modification date : 20 March 2024 | Publication date : 06 March 2024 | Redactor : Emilie EGEA