Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Doctoral Networks

About MSCA Doctoral Networks

Doctoral Networks (called Innovative Training Networks in Horizon 2020) fund doctoral programmes designed to respond to well-identified needs in various research and innovation areas.

Who should apply?

The doctoral programme is set up by partnerships of universities, research institutions and research infrastructures, businesses including SMEs, and other socio-economic actors from different countries across Europe and beyond.

How does it work?

The doctoral programme will be designed to develop entrepreneurial, innovative doctoral candidates and equip them with the right combination of research-related and transferable competences. This should enhance their career perspectives in both within and outside academia.

The funded Doctoral Networks will hold open recruitment procedures thought out the course of the maximum 48-month project and the recruited candidates must meet specific eligibility criteria outlined in the MSCA Work Programme.

What is funded?

The MSCA provides a contribution to the salary costs of the doctoral candidate, and the research, training and networking costs as well as a contribution to the overall management of the project. The full MSCA contribution is listed in the MSCA Work Programme.

Current open calls and deadlines

  • MSCA Doctoral Networks 2022 (HORIZON-MSCA-2022-DN-01) call opend 12 May 2022 with a call deadline of 15 November 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time. 

How we can support you

We are the UK National Contact Point for MSCA. You can contact us at for free information and advice.

You can attend our regular free events about MSCA calls. Every event is recorded, so you can catch up on the recordings too.

Upcoming MSCA Doctoral Network Information Events

Recent MSCA Doctoral Network event recordings

  • MSCA Doctoral Networks Call Information Event - Session 1: Overview and Eligibility Rules

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  • MSCA Doctoral Networks Call Information Event - Session 2: Practical Matters

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University of Wolverhampton Case Study- FEINART: The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art 

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  • MSCA Doctoral Networks Call Information Event - Session 3: Process for Submission and Evaluation

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Additional support for UKRO subscribers

If your organisation subscribes to UKRO services, we can provide additional support.

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While we cannot read proposals and comment on them directly, we do have resources available to help with proposal writing. Your UKRO European Advisor is available to signpost and advise on general questions you might have regarding your proposal.

What do I do now?

  1. Find out if you are eligible to apply, read about types of Doctoral Networks, and what the funding covers by visiting the MSCA website.
  2. We recommend you read about the financial support available in the current Work Programme to see if this is right for you.
  3. Apply on the Funding & Tender opportunities portal.
    1. If you do not already have an account, you need to register on the portal
    2. If you or a partner organisation need a Participant Identification Code (PIC), register for one the Funding & Tender portal
  4. Do you still have any questions? Send us an email

Current job opportunities

Candidates wishing to apply for PhD positions under Doctoral Networks should apply to funded Doctoral Network projects by consulting their open vacancies advertised internationally, including on the EURAXESS portal. Eligibility for these positions is strictly followed. We recommend you check eligibility criteria on the MSCA website.