How to Write a Winning Proposal for Individual Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is a mobility programme for researchers and research staff. Its aim is to create opportunities for training, knowledge exchange and career advancement.

As part of the programme, Individual Fellowships (IF) allow researchers to work on a project in a university or company abroad. IF only addresses so-called Experienced Researchers; those who, at the time of the call deadline, hold a PhD or have at least four years of research experience. 

Why this guide

While the intrinsic quality of the research project and the researcher’s credentials are key factors for success, learning the ropes of the evaluation process, and being aware of what evaluators are instructed to look for in a proposal, is equally important. This guide provides you with useful suggestions and hints to do exactly this. 

The ingredients of a truly convincing proposal

To better grasp what distinguishes a truly convincing proposal, we looked into past Evaluation Summary Reports and distilled key insights into short "lessons". Each lesson is illustrated by actual quotes - positive or negative - from the evaluation reports. Evaluations are taken from 2013 calls. 

While this guide focuses on Individual Fellowships, many principles and lessons will also apply to other parts of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme (ITN or RISE). 

We hope you find the reading useful in preparing your own IF proposal! Contact us for further information or to tell us what you think! 



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