Call for Expression of Interest – Marie Skłodowska Curie European Fellowships

Bruegel is currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced researchers wishing to apply for Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual European Fellowships (MSCA-IF). If their application to the European Commission is successful, the candidates will have the opportunity to work with Bruegel’s fellows for up to two years, and, depending on their exact research interests, under the supervision of one of our senior fellows.

If your expression of interest is in line with our expectations and capacity, Bruegel offers to fully develop your MSCA-IF proposal together with you and provide support before its eventual submission to the European Commission (by 14 September 2017, see full timeline below).

Introduction to Bruegel

Bruegel is a European think tank that specialises in economics, and whose mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

We therefore offer a unique opportunity to conduct applied research at the interface with the Brussels’ policy arena. Detailed information on our research programme can be found here.

Topics for fellowships

Strand A) Trade

For the 2017 MSCA-IF call, Bruegel is particularly interested in developing a fellowship project with candidates interested in investigating international trade issues. With the European and global contexts shifting rapidly (e.g. Brexit, President Trump’s international and trade policy amongst other trends), protectionism has risen as a major concern for policymakers in Europe and throughout the world.

An analysis of recent data about trade policy measures and trade flows, and a review of the political economy literature on protectionism are therefore needed in order to assess the impact of the anti-trade rhetoric and threats to the future of EU and global trade governance.

Strand B) General Topics

Bruegel also invites candidates interested in any other topic(s) (related to our research programme) to submit an Expression of Interest.

Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships

The Marie-Skłodowska Curie European Fellowship scheme offers individuals the opportunity to enhance their career development and prospects by spending a period of time (12 to 24 months) working abroad.  The overarching objective of the scheme is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.


Only experienced researchers can apply for an MSCA fellowship, which means that applicants must either already hold a PhD or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. In addition, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or studies) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the last three years; but they can come from anywhere in the world.

Further information on the MSCA fellowship scheme, including eligibility criteria can be found in the Guide for Applicants.


This call for expressions of interest is to enable Bruegel to shortlist researchers we will support and whose research proposals we will develop jointly and eventually submit to the European Commission. The full application process and proposal template can be found in the Guide for Applicants; but please note that the proposal will be prepared by the candidate, in close relationship with Bruegel – and will be eventually submitted by Bruegel as the candidate’s host organisation.

Application Timeline

By 14th July  Candidates submit their Expression-of-Interest to Bruegel

By 21st July   Bruegel will contact candidates whose project is of interest, to discuss next steps. Non-shortlisted candidates will be informed

22nd July to 14th September  Bruegel and the shortlisted candidate(s) will develop the proposal(s) together to prepare for submission to the European Commission

Application Process

All expressions of interest should be submitted online by 23.59 CET on Friday 14 July, through this form. With the duly filled in form, all candidates must include the following in their application:

  • Up-to-date CV, including full list of publications
  • Letter of motivation
  • 2-3 pages research proposal

The candidates will be prompted to upload these documents directly in the online form.

In case of any doubts or questions, please write an email to Please include “MSCA-IF” as the subject of your email.