Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) Fellowships Internal Competition 2020
Posted: 11 Jun 2020

Oxford Department of Sociology calls for Expressions of Interest to participate in the MSCA Fellowships scheme.

Sociology at Oxford has a strong analytical, empirical and comparative orientation with a focus on developing and testing theories that engage with real world problems. Our strengths include statistical analysis of social surveys, social demography, collection management and analysis of complex datasets, the development of rational choice theory, microsocial experiments and simulation studies.

This year’s call for MSCA applications closes on 9th September 2020. Successful applicants will be able to start their projects within the 12 months from March 2021. If you would like to apply with us you will need to send a completed Expression of Interest (EoI) set of forms to research@sociology.ox.ac.uk by Monday 6th July 2020 (further details below).

Selected candidates will then be contacted and invited to submit their applications developed to the ‘final draft’ by the deadline of 3rd August 2020. Full applications will be required by the Oxford Research Services deadline which is on 26th August 2020.

MSCA Fellowships are highly flexible funding schemes offered to experienced researchers with a minimum of PhD level experience who move to be based at the hosting institution, where they will work with their supervisors to deliver a specific project involving research, innovation, training and networking activities. The funding guarantees mobility and financial independence with a generous set of allowances. We would be happy to host both European and Global Fellows whose research profile falls or overlaps within the following research areas:

  • Social inequalities of gender, class, and ethnicity (including mobility, labour market and social class inequalities);
  • Families, population, and demography;
  • Health and wellbeing;
  • Crime, justice and governance;
  • Social movements and political sociology;
  • Digital societies, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Proposals are expected to be built around a Career Development Plan at the host organisation. In addition to research activities and objectives, this should address the researcher's training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Applicants can be of any nationality (specific eligibility criteria apply – check against the summary table below). There is no upper limit to age or experience.

How to apply:

  • Read the Guidance for Applicants and FAQ documents on the funder's website.
  • Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria.
  • Register your interest by sending your EoI to: research@sociology.ox.ac.uk by 5pm on 6th July 2020. The EoI pack should consist of the following: (i) EoI information page which should be downloaded here; (ii) the Applicant's CV; (iii) 3-page summary proposal with an outline of the research project, and information on the professional development and implementation/dissemination plans; and (iv) for Global Fellowship (GF) Applicants only: evidence of the commitment of the partner institution who will host the Fellow during the outgoing phase.
  • The internal evalutation and selection panel will assess all EoIs received within the deadline in accordance with the EC selection criteria for the scheme: 1) Excellence; 2) Impact; 3) Quality and Efficiency of the Implementation. EoIs will also be assessed according to the Department of Sociology's criteria when selecting applications: 4) that the proposal is in line with the Department's intellectual and research strategy.
  • Selected Applicants will work closely with the departmental and central University research support teams to complete the appliction to its highest quality.

Eligibility Criteria Summary Table

Eligibility

Standard European Fellowship

Global Fellowship

Nationality

Any nationality

EU Member State national or legal and continuous resident within one or more EU Member States or Horizon 2020 Associated Countries of at least 5 consecutive years

Duration

12-24 months

24-36 months:

Outgoing: 12-24 months

Return (mandatory): 12 months

Residence

Cannot have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before 9th September 2020

Cannot have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before 9th September 2020

Experience

On 9th September 2020, in possession of a PhD or/and have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience

On 9th September 2020, in possession of a PhD or/and have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience

Mobility

Fellow will move or have moved from any country to the UK

Fellow will move or have moved from any country to the UK

Hosting

Entire Fellowship hosted in Oxford

Partner organisation for the outgoing phase must be located in a TC*. Letter of commitment is required with application

Secondments

Optional, in EU Member or Associated countries only, 3-6 months depending on the duration of the Fellowship

Optional, max 3 months in EU Member or Associated countries in outgoing phase only

Monthly Allowances (full time)

Living: €4,880 | Mobility €600 | Family €500 (if applicable)

Subject to taxes, on-costs and country correction coefficients

Living: €4,880 | Mobility €600 | Family €500 (if applicable)

Subject to taxes, on-costs and country correction coefficients

* Non-associated Third Countries (TC) are countries which are neither EU Member States (MS), nor associated to Horizon 2020 (AC)

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