Any postdoctoral fellowship and, in particular, Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship of European Commission, is an excellent opportunity for researchers to get personal funding to conduct research in Europe and beyond. Researchers from any discipline can apply. Along with valuable international experience, researchers receive high quality technical training and develop transferable skills.

Putting some thinking into your fellowship will give you a better chance to be successful with the funding application, and, more importantly, give you a better experience as a fellow. To get it right, here are some crucial elements that have to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle: you as a researcher, your potential supervisor and host institution, your chosen project and the your writing skills. Here are some ideas how to think about it and make the right selection.

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