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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



Recapturing talent



Sêr Cymru II  Fellowships





Pan Wales
(HEI match funding approx. 50%)
90 +

The programme is part of the Welsh Government Office for Science 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.

Both West Wales and East Wales ERDF programmes have been extremely successful to the extent that the funding currently available is over-subscribed. We are therefore no longer inviting applications for Rising Star, Recapturing Talent, Sêr Cymru II Fellowship, or Health and Care Research Wales – Precision Medicine Fellowship awards.

The MSCA COFUND scheme has also been popular and we continue to invite applications for a final round of COFUND awards in the region of 18 months duration, for completion by February 2021.

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.

To see the privacy notice for the Sêr Cymru II application process, click here

To see the privacy notice for the Sêr Cymru II post award process, click here