Sêr Cymru II

Early Career Fellowships and ‘Rising Star’ scheme

The Sêr Cymru II programme is a suite of schemes part funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  (MSCA) COFUND scheme or the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme will support in the region of 150 new posts to work with stellar researchers in universities in Wales.


East Wales

(HEI Match funding rate 33.61%)

West Wales and the Valleys

(HEI Match funding rate 17.18%)

Rising Star 5 5
Recapturing talent 6 6
Sêr Cymru II  Fellowships 15 15
MSCA COFUND (H2020) Pan Wales
(HEI match funding approx. 50%)
90 +


The programme is part of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales' strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects. The programme is also open to researchers working in relevant areas of applied social science.

The programme is designed to attract the highest calibre candidates to work in excellent research groups in Welsh universities.

Fellowships are normally be 3 years in duration and can involve collaboration with relevant commercial or third sector organisations.

The West Wales ERDF programme has been extremely successful to the extent that the funding currently available is over-subscribed. We still wish to see further ideas for good projects come forward, as options for further funding are being explored. For West Wales therefore we are asking for an Expression of Interest as opposed to a full application to be submitted and we would welcome these being submitted as soon as possible to assist with discussions on this.  In the East Wales ERDF Programme, we would particularly welcome ‘Re-Capturing Talent’ applications.

‘Rising Star’ packages are expected to be 5 years in duration and can also involve collaboration with relevant commercial or third sector organisations. There is no deadline for ‘Rising Star’ applications as this is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted at any time. Projects must complete by 31st October 2022.

Sêr Cymru II is only part funded by the European Commission (either WEFO or H2020), and Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), therefore it is vital that applicants contact their potential host institution (who will be providing the rest of the match funding) as soon as possible to discuss their proposed project before submitting an application.