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University of Padua Initiatives for Young Researchers and PhD Candidates

The University of Padua International Research Office organizes initiatives targeting early career researchers and PhD candidates.

MSCA MaRaThoN@Unipd "Master your Research and Training Needs"

This is an intensive training programme addressed to top researchers, willing to submit a Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Padua as their Host Institution. Interactive classes focus on how to write a successful proposal for the Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) call. Invited experts and experienced MSC evaluators provide specific advice and useful tips on how to best draft and communicate the project. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions are intended for experienced researchers (holding a PhD degree) of any age, nationality or discipline. They fund excellent researchers who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers.

The 3-day training course, that has reached its seventh edition in 2023, takes place every year in May and is open to 40 participants. There are no age or nationality restrictions and admitted participants will have their travel and accommodation costs covered by the University of Padua. Selection of participants is based on their CV and Proposal Summary. In order to be admitted to the MSCA MaRaThoN, candidates must meet the following requirements: Possess a PhD at the MSCA-PF closing date; Have up to max. 8 years of research experience after PhD (exceptions according to MSCA-PF rules); Comply with the MSCA mobility rule; Commit to compete in the forthcoming MSCA-PF Call for applications, choosing the University of Padua as Host Institution for their project.

Seal of Excellence@Unipd

Within the Horizon framework programmes the European Commission awards the "Seal of Excellence - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions" to high quality MSCA - Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals scoring above the threshold of 85/100 or higher, which could not be funded under the available call budget. The Seal stands for the value of a project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process, thus recommending it for funding by other sources, at national, regional or local level. Outstanding candidates who are not funded but receive the Seal of Excellence for their high quality MSCA - Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals may apply for alternative funding under the MSCA Seal of Excellence@University of Padua programme.

The MSCA Seal of Excellence @UNIPD funding programme, through a dedicated call for applications, awards a grant of 50,000 Euro per year to MSCA-PF projects that designate the University of Padua as Host Institution and, despite not being funded, have obtained the "Seal of Excellence - MSC Actions". It 2 is aimed at encouraging a wider participation by the most qualified international researchers in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships calls under Horizon Europe. The MSCA Seal of Excellence @UNIPD funding covers a research grant contract (assegno di ricerca) and a budget for research, training and networking expenses.

For any further inquiries, please contact the University International Research Office -

MSCA COFUND Doctoral Programme “UNIPhD – Training the next-generation talents”

The doctoral programme “UNIPhD - Eight century legacy of multidisciplinary research and training for the next-generation talents” is a project receiving a financial contribution by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 programme - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND. The UNIPhD programme welcomes the most promising Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) coming to the University of Padua from all over the world to pursue a brand new International, Intersectorial, Interdisciplinary and Innovative “training through research” experience. UNIPhD seeks to train a highly skilled and versatile future generation of researchers to become successful, responsible and innovative leaders in their fields. UNIPhD aims at enhancing the researchers’ capacity to respond to urgent challenges emerging around us, while boosting their employability in academia and non-academia worldwide.

The UNIPhD calls for applications (academic year 2022/23 and 2023/24) offer a total of 50 (36 month long) full time fellowships hosted by 25 top level PhD Courses, encompassing all areas of research. Applicants must be eligible for PhD studies in Italy and comply with all MSCA requirements. They are selected according to criteria of excellence following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection procedure. Each ESR has also access to a budget covering research, training and networking costs. UNIPhD fellows access an extensive research training, complemented with an attractive transversal skills package. They are exposed to the non-academic sector through secondments. Excellent supervisors contribute to creating a supportive environment, enabling ESRs to embark on a promising career path.

For any further inquiries, please contact the UNIPhD Management team –


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