Call for Expressions of Interest for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship

The University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence for research and teaching on diversity, migration and social inequality. The Institute currently engages in international research related to the refugee crisis, asylum policy and practice, superdiversity, undocumented migration, migrant children and youth, socio-economic inequality and diversity, welfare state and migration, urban diversity and multilingual interactions.

IRiS would like to invite Expressions of Interest from postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship.

We are looking to support a small number of high-quality applications under the new round and would welcome expressions of interest from interested researchers, particularly but not exclusively in one of the following areas:

  • Welfare and diversity (Professor Jenny Phillimore)
  • Multilingualism (Professors Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge)
  • The refugee crisis and the EU (Dr Nando Sigona)

IRiS has an excellent track record in supporting MSC applicants with a 75% success rate at present, something we are sure we can build upon under the new round. The successful applicant selected through the Expression of Interest will be given support by the relevant IRiS subject experts (listed above) to develop their application ahead of the September deadline.

General requirements of the Individual Fellowship:

Description of the MSCA Fellowship Program

The purpose of the MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) is to support the mobility of researchers and help attract promising foreign researchers to work in the European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The grant typically covers two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.

Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a social science or relevant humanities discipline. Candidates are also expected to have good problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills, be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as within an international team.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Potential candidates are asked to submit their  CV, a brief outline of the proposed research (max 2 pages) and a cover letter  highlighting why you believe this area of work will be suited to IRiS as the host institution (max 1 page).


Please submit these as a word document to no later than 5pm on Friday 27 May.

The successful applicant will then be provided with support to complete their application for the grant deadline of 14 September 2016.

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