MSCA COFUND Fellowships

Individual researchers, 3 – 5 years post PhD, who have not been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years, can apply for a fellowship by submitting an outline of the research they would like to carry out within a host institution in Wales.

If you have any questions, please contact the management team through the SER CYMRU II MAILBOX


Fellows must meet the eligibility criteria set out within the SIRCIW MSCA COFUND scheme which are designed to encourage mobility of fellows between countries, provide them with excellent training to further their research careers, and if and when possible, provide them with intersectoral experience through working with commercial or third sector organisations.

  • Applicants must be Experienced Researchers (ERs) at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals. For example they are in possession of a doctoral degree (or have at least 4 years of full time equivalent research experience) plus approximately 3 – 5 years’ postdoctoral research experience.

  • Applicants can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies and so on) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

  • Applicants must submit a completed application form.

  • Applications must comply with the fundamental ethic principles.

  • Applicants must have the support of their chosen host institution.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or do not adhere to the guidelines given here will be rejected by the management team.

Application Process

Applicants will need to propose a suitable project to be carried out in a Welsh host institution. Projects should be described in no more than 12 pages using the appropriate application form.

The research project will be created by the applicant but they must discuss this with their potential supervisor before submission.

All projects will be subject to ethical scrutiny and applicants will need to provide a completed ethical issues section within their application.

Application forms

Applicants should also submit a copy of their most recent CV, no more than 3 pages in length. This should include information about their education, previous employment and other relevant experience, information about any career breaks taken for maternity or caring responsibilities and so on, and a list of all their publications and grants awarded (if any). 

Applicants should also provide in an email the names of 2 referees who know their work and the proposed area of research.

Application Forms

Your Application form should be completed and submitted via email to SER CYMRUII MAILBOX. The names of 2 nominated referees should be included in the email.

Applications will be limited to 12 pages plus a 3 page CV’, font size 11 in Times New Roman or Arial with margin sizes of no less than 2cm (left, right and bottom) and 1 cm at the top. References should be listed at the end of the document and will count towards the page limit. 

You will receive acknowledgment of your form within 5 working days. If you do not receive this please contact the management team at the same email address.

The full process for review and selection of application is given on the Review of applications page.