European Funding Opportunities for Students, Postdocs and Researchers of All Nationalities

Date & Time

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am


Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver (UBC - Point Grey Campus)


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



You are cordially invited to a EURAXESS North America Information Session co-organized by EURAXESS North America and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office. 

EURAXESS is a unique ERA initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services for European and non-European researchers wishing to pursue research careers in Europe. It offers access to the job market; assists researchers in advancing their careers in another European country and supports research organisations in their search for outstanding research talent. EURAXESS is a truly pan-European initiative, supported by 40 participating countries across Europe and the EURAXESS Worldwide countries.

So far, EURAXESS Worldwide has been launched in North America, Japan, China, India, ASEAN and CELAC. The objective of EURAXESS North America is to actively promote Europe as an attractive and open place for researchers and innovators. It networks not only European researchers working in North America but also North American researchers/innovators with the potential of moving to Europe or to a non-European destination where EURAXESS Worldwide operates.

The main objectives of the information session are:

  • Raising awareness on mobility and career opportunities in Europe, with a special focus on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC Grants.
  • Stimulating scientific cooperation between North America and Europe
  • Helping to connect researchers from both continents with a view to expand the EURAXESS North America Community
  • 20 mins - EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion initiative (overview of the 4 pillars: Jobs, Services, Rights and Links)
  • 30 mins - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) (opportunities mainly for undergraduate and graduate students & US institutions to host a fellow from Europe)
  • 30 mins - European Research Council (ERC) Grants (opportunities mainly for postdocs and more experienced researchers)
  • 10 mins - Q&A

Two of these programs are particularly interesting:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions provide significant support for international and intersectoral research mobility and career development, both for researchers inside the European Union and externally. The program includes activities such as initial training of researchers, support for lifelong training and career development, transfer of knowledge and networking via actions including individual fellowships, innovative training networks, and research and innovation staff exchange. By the end of 2016, the MSCA awarded approximately 100,000 grants.
Also, within the MSCA, US research institution can host European post-docs for up to 2 years. If successful, this fellowship will be fully covered by the program.

European Research Council Grants
The ERC is funding investigator-driven research at the frontiers of science and technology, independently of thematic priorities and nationalities. Particular emphasis is being placed on emerging and fast-growing fields at the frontiers of knowledge, and on cross-disciplinary research. By the end of 2016, the ERC awarded approximately 7,000 grantees. The ERC counts six Nobel laureates and four Fields Medalists among its grant holders.

By fostering transatlantic exchange of researchers (including PhD and postdoc candidates) these formats contribute to training researchers, stimulating and supporting research partnerships and institutional cooperation beyond the world of academia.


Registration in this session is required, and is now open. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within one week prior to the session.